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Congratulations 2019 Chancellor’s Professors

I am pleased to introduce the 2019 class of Chancellor’s Professors, one of the highest faculty honors bestowed by our university.

These four tremendous scholars, researchers and teachers represent the best of what the University of Tennessee has to offer the world. With expertise spanning religious studies, materials sciences and engineering, classics and psychology, these faculty also embody the value of a liberal arts education. As a land-grant, public research university, we value both the place of humanities, social sciences and hard sciences when it comes to understanding the world around us.

These faculty members were nominated by their college deans and chosen for recommendation to the provost and chancellor by the current Chancellor’s Professors.

The new honorees are:

Rosalind I.J. Hackett

Rosalind I.J. Hackett is Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and professor of religious studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has held fellowships at Harvard University, as well as the universities of Notre Dame, Cape Town, and Groningen. Her recent (co-edited) books are New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa (2015) and The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism (2015).  She is past president and honorary life member of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) and vice president of the International Council on Philosophy and Human Sciences.


Veerle Keppens

Veerle Keppens is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, which she joined in 2003 and became department head of in 2015. Her research is focused on the fundamental properties of materials, particularly their elastic properties—how they behave under applied stress—and their lattice dynamics, i.e.: the vibrations at the atomic level. Keppens earned her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium in 1989 and 1995, respectively, and has previously been awarded both Fulbright and Humboldt fellowships for her work.


Aleydis Van de Moortel

Aleydis Van de Moortel is Lindsay Young Professor and head of the Department of Classics in the College of Arts and Sciences. At UT since 2002, Van de Moortel is a classical archaeologist who focuses primarily on the rise and decline of complex societies in the Bronze Age Aegean—the earliest in Europe. She received M.A. degrees from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and Texas A&M University as well as M.A. and PhD degrees from Bryn Mawr College. She co-directs the Mitrou Archaeological Project in central Greece, for which she has raised over $1.27 million in external funding, including three NEH grants, five grants from Harvard’s Loeb Classical Library Foundation, and numerous grants from the Institute of Aegean Prehistory. She also has been awarded two Fulbright fellowships.


Gregory Stuart

Gregory Stuart, a professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. At UT since 2008, Stuart is a clinical psychologist who studies the etiology, prevention, and treatment of intimate partner violence and substance misuse. He is editor-in-chief of Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment and a reviewer for 72 other scientific journals. His work has been funded by more than 40 grants equaling more than $25 million. He has been recognized for his work mentoring undergraduate researchers, graduate students, and faculty members.


A reception will be held early in the fall semester to honor our newest Chancellor’s Professors. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating them for this well-earned recognition.