After 26 years, Dr. Chris King retired from teaching in June 2017. An esteemed member of the faculty, Chris made a meaningful impact on the LBJ School of Public Affairs, becoming a professor who many alumni readily associate with LBJ. In his time there, Chris was committed to many activities related to the student experience, including recruitment and retention, academic advising, counseling, and new student orientation. Having served on dozens of academic committees, he also pursued both internships and career placements for many of our students over the years. An accolade to his teaching, he received the Texas Ex’s Teaching Award in 2007.
Chris was not only an outstanding professor, but also a widely-recognized scholar who has researched workforce, education, and social policy for more than four decades. His contributions to academic literature include book chapters, reports, and peer-reviewed journal articles. In 2012, Chris was selected as one of 20 national leaders in the Aspen Institute’s inaugural class of Ascend Two-Generation Fellows in part for his work designing CareerAdvance, an award-winning anti-poverty program.
He received other notable distinctions while at the LBJ School, including serving as the Mike Hogg Professor in Urban Management from 2003 to 2013 and received both the Staff Appreciation Award (2001) and the Dean’s Staff Excellence Award for Research and Commitment to Teaching (1994).
Following the retirement announcement in June, a farewell celebration was held on November 13, 2017. Chris will continue his research on workforce development and two-generation strategies at the Ray Marshall Center, where he served as director for eighteen years until 2014.