Skip to navigation

New Faculty Appointments

New Faculty Appointments


Covenant College appointed three new faculty members at its sixty-first convocation ceremony this fall: Ms. Christiana Fitzpatrick, Dr. Karen Nelson, and Dr. Chris Robinson.


Ms. Christiana Fitzpatrick is the director of global education at Covenant. After earning her BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, she received an MA in education from Wake Forest University. Fitzpatrick is involved in student discipleship and mentoring and leads the College’s study-abroad and global education efforts.


Dr. Karen Nelson serves as the director of institutional research at Covenant. Nelson received her PhD from Case Western Reserve University in molecular biology and did her post-doctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She supports Covenant’s mission and improves institutional effectiveness through her work with vital survey, statistical, and assessment data.


Dr. Chris Robinson was appointed assistant professor of sociology. Prior to his appointment, Robinson served as an adjunct sociology professor at Covenant. Robinson received a BA from Anderson University, an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary, and a PhD in sociology from the University of South Carolina. In addition to his academic work, Robinson serves as the director of Project 52, a non-profit aimed at completing 52 service projects every calendar year that serve widows, persons living below the poverty line, the elderly, and single parents of Hamilton, Walker, and Catoosa Counties.


“The new faculty appointments this year have already been members of the Covenant community,” said Dr. Jeff Hall, vice president for academic affairs. “We are delighted to add them to the ranks of our current faculty members. Dr. Chris Robinson is already a well-respected professor and will help to connect theory and practice with his experience as a leader of a non-profit organization. Professor Christiana Fitzpatrick will continue to shape our relationships beyond the mountain, and Dr. Karen Nelson will continue to help us steward data and analytics strategically to advance the mission of the College.”