Kudos: Read about faculty, staff and alumni awards, appointments and achievements

Chatman (Vanderbilt)

Vera A. Stevens Chatman, professor of the practice of human and organizational development, emerita, has been named a 2013 inductee to the Academy for Women of Achievement, presented by the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee and First Tennessee. The AWA honors women who, through excellence and leadership in their chosen fields, serve as role models for other women.

Dan Church, professor of French, emeritus, has been named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French minister of education. The Order of the French Academic Palms (l’Ordre des Palmes académiques), France’s oldest nonmilitary decoration, is a French order of chivalry created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1808. Today it honors those who actively promote and further the French language and culture abroad.

Hart (Vanderbilt)

Megan Hart has been named program director for Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, a multilingual statewide information resource for individuals with disabilities of all ages and a program of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Hart previously served as education and training coordinator for Tennessee Disability Pathfinder since 2009.

Rick Hilles, assistant professor of English, is one of five finalists for the 2013 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry for his most recent collection, A Map of the Lost World.

Lyle Jackson, media content producer at Vanderbilt Peabody College, has won a Communicator Award for “Peabody Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools Program” in the Film/Video: Education (For Academic Use) category; a Telly Award for “Abu Dhabi Leadership Development Project” in the Editing category; and a Telly Award for “Peabody Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools Program” in the Editing category.

Carole Webb Moore-Slater, a Peabody College alumna and the recently retired director of Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, a program of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, has authored Letters from the Heart: 1943-1946. The nonfiction work recounts her parents’ love story through correspondence sent home by her father, who served as a fighter pilot in Europe during World War II.

Sloop (Vanderbilt)

John Sloop, senior associate dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of communication studies, is the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division of the National Communication Association. The honor recognizes Sloop’s “many contributions to the field as an editor, reviewer and scholar … (his) tremendous productivity and (his) repeated impact on the discipline.”

Alistair Sponsel, assistant professor of history, delivered a public lecture titled “How Studying the Ocean Launched Charles Darwin’s Scientific Career” at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif. The lecture was part of his recognition as a 2013 recipient of Scripps’ William E. and Mary B. Ritter Memorial Fellowship, which honors “historians, scientists or other scholars whose research enlarges and deepens the understanding of the history of earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences.”