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Christopher F. Silver

Christopher F. Silver
Adress Office of the Vice Provost
Academic Affairs Dept 5555
103A Hooper Hall
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Ave
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
E-Mail Christopher-Silver@utc.edu



  1. Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; August 2001
  2. Bachelor of Science in Psychology, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; August 2001
  3. Masters of Science in Psychology (Research), the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; August 2003 Thesis Title: Training of Observers in risk rituals involving the Manasa sect of Hinduism and Serpent Handling Sects of Appalachia
  4. Masters of Arts in Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo Ontario Canada
  5. Doctorate of Education Ed. D., Leadership and Education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; August 2013 Dissertation Title: Atheism, Agnosticism, and Nonbelief: A Qualitative and Quantitative Study of Type and Narrative.
  6. Doctoral Candidate ABD-Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, expected graduation late 2018

Honors and awards

  1. Graduate Student Representative for the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2013-2014.
  2. UTC Sigma Xi Graduate Student Researcher of the Year Award - Awarded April 20042
  3. 2001-2004 Research Director of Hood Psychology of Religion Laboratory (Honors Assistantship)-UT Chattanooga

Association memberships

  1. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  2. American Psychological Association
  3. Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  4. Gamma Beta Phi Honors Society
  5. Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
  6. Psi Chi National Honors Society in Psychology
  7. Golden Key Honors Society
  8. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity

Editorial positions

  1. Assistant Editor - The Religious Studies Project, 2012-2014
  2. Guest Editor for Archive of Psychology of Religion-Psychology of Religion in Turkey, 2012.

Higher education administrative experience

  1. Project Manager for Academic Affairs UTC-2016-Present
  2. Office of Equity and Diversity UTC-Equity Affairs Specialist 2015-2016

Research interests

My graduate education spans three areas of specialization in education, research psychology, and religious studies. Just as I have a multidisciplinary education, my research interests are interdisciplinary. Within the field of education, my expertise is in the domain of online education, particularly in the planning, creation, implementation, and evaluation of online learning as delivered in cooperate and university settings. I have over eight years’ experience as an instructional design and curriculum developer in the cooperate world. In the field of psychology, my interests are in social psychology and psychology of religion. I have a particular interest in attitudinal research and individual differences with a long-standing publication record in the social sciences. In religious studies, my interest is within secularity and cultural tension as experienced through atheistic identities. This work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals as well. My current personal educational goal is to expand my existing quantitative skill set and to further my experience conducting experimental designs within the field of psychology of religion and education.

Grant funded research experience

  • (2017)-Present, Longitudinal Exploration of Religious Deconversion and Spirituality
  • (2017)-Present, Spiritual Resiliency, and Meaningfulness
  • (2014-2017) Jesus in the Mind's Eye
  • (2014) “Who was Jack Shand”?
       Silver, C.F., Colman, T. J. & Hood Jr. R. W. (2015).Who was Jack Shand? Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 54(3), 1-9.
  • (2009-2013) Spirituality in Germany and U.S.A.: Analysis of the Semantics, Psychological and Sociological Correlates with Biographical Contexts of a Self-Attribution
       Streib H & R. W. Hood Jr. (2015).Semantics and psychology of spirituality: A crosscultural analysis. New York, NY: Springer (In Press)
  • (2007-2009) A Quantitative Examination of Exceptional Experience
  • (2004-2009) Deconverts from Mainstream Religious Denominations in the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States of America (Phase Two)
       Streib, H., Keller, B., Csöff, R., & Silver, C. F. (2009).Deconversion, Faith Development and Fundamentalism, Qualitative and Quantitative Results from Cross-Cultural Research in Germany and the United States of America.
  • (2003-2004) Abortion Attitudes and Legality, An Examination of Legal Opinions on Abortion Resistance
  • (2004) Perceptions of Religious Conversion Effectiveness Within the Hare Krishna Movement in the Southeast United States
  • (2004) Understanding Unconscious Transference and Improving Lineup Identification Accuracy in Adult and Elderly Witnesses.
       Ross, D., Benton, T., McDonnell, S., Metzger, R., & Silver, C. F. (2007).When accurate and inaccurate eyewitnesses look the same: A limitation of the 'pop-out' effect and the 10- to 12-second rule. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 21(5), 677-690
  • (2002-2004) An Examination of Blood-n-Fire Ministries
       Poloma, M. M. & Hood, R. W. (2008).Blood and fire, Godly love in an emerging Pentecostal church. New York: New York University Press.
  • (2002-2004) Deconverts from Fundamentalist New Religious Groups in the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States of America (phase one).
  • (2001-2002) A study of the relationship between right-wing authoritarianism, fundamentalism, and the big five personality dimensions.
       Krauss, S. W., Hood, R. W., Streib, H., Keller, B., Morris, R. J., & Silver, C. F., (2006).The distinction between authoritarianism and fundamentalism in three cultures: factor analysis and personality correlates. Archive for the Psychology of Religion. 28(1), pp. 341-348

Teaching experience

Part Time LEAD Instructor-University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

  • Member of the Graduate Faculty, 2015 to Present
  • Research Methods for Social Sciences, Fall 2017 (Doctoral Level Course)
  • Qualitative Methodologies, Fall 2016-Present (Doctoral Level Course)

Part-time Religious Studies Professor-Widener University Online

  • Religions of the World, 2013 - 2017

Part-time Psychology and Religious Studies Professor-University of Phoenix

  • Introductory Psychology, 2012
  • World Religious Traditions, 2012 - 2013
  • Introduction to Philosophy, 2012
  • Learning and Motivation, 2012
  • Cognitive Psychology, 2012
  • Psychology of Personality, 2012 - 2013

Part-time Psychology Instructor-the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

  • Member of the Graduate Faculty, 2014 - Present
  • Research Methods 2014, 2015 to 2017
  • Tests and Measurements in Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies Spring 2007 to 2013
  • Social Psychology, 2006 - 2009
  • Introductory Psychology, 2006-2008, 2015 to Present
  • Statistics, 2007
  • Masters Thesis Committee Member 2011 - Present

Part-time Nursing Instructor-the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

  • Nursing Informatics, 2013 (Doctoral Level Course)

Part-time Psychology Professor-Miller-Motte Technical College

  • Introductory Psychology, 2006-2007

Graduate Instructor- Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Religions of the Americas 2004-2005
  • Eastern Religions 2004-2005

Adjunct Assistant Professor - Chattanooga State Technical Community College

  • Psychology of Learning 2003-2004
  • Religions of the World Spring 2004 (Team teaching with Chattanooga State President with a web-based WebCT and classroom course)

Graduate Instructor- UT Chattanooga

  • Social Science Statistics Laboratory 2001-2003
  • Distance Scholar and Research Coordinator 2004-2006

Instructional training

  • WebCT - online e-learning system for educational institutions
  • Blackboard-Online academic suite, course development, and evaluation.
  • Microsoft BI including DAX Scripting
  • Qualtrics driven online assessment construction.
  • Online web delivery using HTML and CSS code (Cooperate Training)
  • Advanced Statistics using SPSS, Excel, and Mplus
  • Teaching and Instruction in qualitative analysis using Nvivo 2.0
  • Corporate Training for small and medium-sized businesses
  • Online course development theory and evaluation
  • Learning administration leadership and evaluation

I am qualified to teach the following courses:

In Psychology

  • Tests and Measurement
  • Theories of Personality
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Learning and Motivation
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Statistics and SPS
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Qualitative Methods (e.g., Nvivo, MaxQDA, Atlas Ti)
  • Theory and Systems of Psychology
  • Psychology of Religion

In Religious Studies

  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Theories of Religion
  • New Religious Movements in the postmodern era
  • American Religious Diversity: A historical reconstruction of American religious pluralism.
  • Religious Conversion Motifs in Modern Society9
  • Mysticism East & West
  • Psychology of Religion: Theory and Method
  • Southern Culture meets Eastern Religion

In Education

  • Cultural Studies in Education
  • Education in Business - Applications and Approaches
  • Organizational Theories in Leadership
  • Research Theories in Application
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Research Methods in Education
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Adult Education Applications and Approaches
  • Theories and Systems of Education