Kate McAteer has a BSc in Biological Chemistry from Ulster University in Northern Ireland and earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina. Before she came to WSU Tri-Cities as a clinical assistant professor of biological sciences, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow in structural biology at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She served as the assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at WSU Tri-Cities from 2014-2019. As the vice chancellor for academic affairs, Kate is the chief academic officer for the campus and the principal investigator of the TRIO student support services grant. The TRIO program serves and assists low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities . Kate received the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for non-tenure track faculty at Washington State University in 2015. She completed the WSU provost leadership academy in 2014 and the HERS Institute in 2019.