Donor Spotlight: Dr. Christopher Dockery (01C)


Dr. Christopher Dockery

Who he is:

  • Husband of Carla Fort Dockery (01C), a teacher at Canton (Ga.) First United Methodist Preschool; they were married in the Berry College Chapel on May 19, 2001
  • Father of twin girls Taylor and Katelyn, age 11 
  • Ph.D., chemistry, the University of South Carolina
  • Assistant department chair, director of the Master of Science in chemical sciences, and associate professor of chemistry, Kennesaw State University
  • Researcher focused on rapid forensic analysis of gunshot residues by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy with the ultimate goal of alleviating casework backlogs of forensic investigators
  • Co-editor of Addressing the Millennial Student in Undergraduate Chemistry
  • Past treasurer of the Liberty Elementary School PTA and senior project judge for Cherokee High School

What he supports:

  • The general fund and chemistry department; the Dockerys have given every year since graduation
  • 2013 presenter in the Berry College Chemistry Department Cheminar Series

Why he gives:

“I have never been able to give much, but as an academic professional and grant writer, I know the important role that rates of giving among alumni and employees can play when seeking external funding in grants and contracts.” 

On Berry:

“Berry provided my first experiences in research. The collaborative nature of modern research projects exposes students to research questions to address real-world problems, and through collaboration, students are learning a rich variety of scientific techniques that they would never see in coursework alone. These are the types of experiences that jump out on resumes and set students apart from their competitors. My time in the undergraduate research labs and service as an undergraduate teaching assistant at Berry had a great influence on my decision to pursue a Ph.D. and ultimately my decision to stay in academia."