Jessica Siegel Named Kennedy Fellow

During the College’s Commencement ceremonies in 2013 it was announced that Jessica Siegel has been named the James D. Kennedy III Endowed Faculty Fellow for 2013-2016.  The award comes from the Dean of the College, who consults the College’s Promotion and Tenure Committee at the time of the routine review of tenure-track faculty in their second and fourth year of service. The criteria, in order of relative importance, are Teaching Effectiveness, Scholarship, and University Service.

Jessica Siegel began her study of psychology at the University of Puget Sound, followed by graduate studies in Behavioral Neuroscience at the Oregon Health & Science University.  A project in Dr. Siegel’s Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience course led to a 2013 Scholarship Sewanee poster and, subsequently, a publication.  The 2013 Scholarship Sewanee poster that won both the Speaker’s Choice Award and First Place in the Behavioral and Social Sciences also came from this laboratory.  One student received a scholarship from the Appalachian College Association to conduct research with Dr. Siegel during summer 2013.

Dr. Siegel serves as faculty advisor for both the Psychology Club and Psi Chi.  The James D. Kennedy III Endowed Faculty Fellowship at Sewanee was established by the Kennedy Foundation of Chattanooga TN to honor James D. Kennedy III, C’73.  It provides funds over a three-year period to support the development of talented, early-career faculty during their formative years.  Sewanee provides funding for its faculty for several purposes . . . attending professional meetings (Dean of the College operating budget), seminars and materials to develop paedagogic skills (Center for Teaching), and equipment and supplies for research (Joint Faculties Research Grants Committee).  New tenure-track faculty members are given funds for library materials beyond their department’s regular allocation.