Terry Maroney selected for 2017 class of Chancellor Faculty Fellows

Terry MaroneyTerry Maroney has been named to Vanderbilt University’s 2017 class of Chancellor Faculty Fellows. Maroney is one of 12 faculty members from schools and departments across the university named to the 2017 class, which comprises highly accomplished, recently tenured faculty from the social sciences, life and physical sciences, clinical sciences, humanities, mathematics and engineering as well as law.

“Faculty are the lifeblood of Vanderbilt, and investing in our faculty provides rich, lasting dividends for the entire university community,” Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said. “By recognizing this diverse group of scholars, educators and mentors early in their career with designated funding, collegial connections and support, the program provides a bridge that allows the fellows to take their research further and deeper. It’s through this commitment to our faculty and their discovery of new knowledge that Vanderbilt can find answers to the complex questions facing society.”

Faculty members in each class hold the title of Chancellor Faculty Fellow for two years and are supported by an unrestricted allocation of $40,000 a year for two fiscal years beginning July 1. The funds can be used to support innovative research, scholarship and creative expression activities that will further propel the career of the awardee. Each class of Chancellor Faculty Fellows also meets as a group during the course of their awards to exchange ideas on teaching and research, building a broader intellectual community that advances trans-institutional scholarship.

Maroney is the third law faculty member selected as a Chancellor Faculty Fellow; Sean Seymore and Daniel Sharfstein are members of the first cohort and will complete their fellowship terms this spring. Chancellor Faculty Fellow candidates are nominated by their deans, and Vanderbilt’s TIPs Council reviews nominations.

Maroney is spending the 2016-17 academic year as an Andrew J. Mellon Foundation Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, where she is designing a qualitative research study of judges’ emotions. The study builds on her prior work examining emotion in judicial decision making, a topic she has explored in scholarly publications and about which she regularly presents to judicial gatherings around the country and abroad.

“Terry Maroney is an ideal candidate for the Chancellor Faculty Fellowship program, which connects scholars across all Vanderbilt schools and disciplines,” said Dean Chris Guthrie. “Her focus on the role of emotion in law has already resulted in a new mid-career training program for federal judges, and I look forward to her future contributions, which this fellowship supports.”

The Chancellor Faculty Fellows program was launched in September 2014 under the Trans-Institutional Programs, or TIPs, initiative to support outstanding faculty who have recently received tenure.

“As the Chancellor Faculty Fellow program enters its third year, we continue to reap the rewards of the vision we set out in the Academic Strategic Plan to support trans-institutional research, teaching and collaboration,” Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente said. “I congratulate our new fellows on this distinction and look forward to the contributions they will make and the relationships and collaborations they will forge as part of this important One Vanderbilt program.”

The 2017 class of Chancellor Faculty Fellows will begin meeting in July.

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