Chandra West-Alston is always looking for opportunities to learn. These opportunities have led her to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center more than once.
West-Alston is assistant dean for administration in the College of Allied Health Sciences. Currently, she also is serving as interim in the same position for the College of Nursing.
West-Alston began her career at UTHSC in 1999 as a computer trainer. After two years, she left to join the private sector in search of further training and knowledge. “I wanted a deeper understanding of the instructional design process and how technology could be used to impact learning,” West-Alston said.
After a year of developing new skills in the private sector, an opportunity in training opened at UTHSC. West-Alston did not hesitate to return to her former workplace.
“UTHSC is a family atmosphere with deep human connections,” West-Alston said. “Not to mention, we are doing some incredible teaching, research and service. I wanted to take the things I learned in my year away and contribute to the Health Science Center mission.”