Noble and Kelley Named to Proffitt’s and Goodner’s Professorships

June 28, 2017

Two faculty members at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business were recently appointed to professorships in the fields of marketing and banking.

Stephanie Noble, professor in the Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management, received the Proffitt’s Professorship in Marketing. Eric Kelley, associate professor in the Department of Finance, was named to the Goodner Professorship in Banking.

“Stephanie and Eric are accomplished scholars in their respective fields, known both for their high-quality research and their impactful training of the next generation of academic and business leaders,” said Stephen L. Mangum, dean of the college and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair. “The Haslam College of Business is honored to recognize their excellence through these professorships made possible by dedicated alumni donors.”

Noble said the appointment recognizes both her academic scholarship and her commitment to her students.

“I want to continue to mentor doctoral students as they navigate their careers,” Noble said. “Being named the Proffitt’s Professor in Marketing is a humbling experience. I tell my doctoral students to think of this profession like a marathon, not a sprint. Building a research portfolio, developing leadership skills, creating a network of colleagues and learning how to successfully mentor students are all tasks that take time. This professorship is such an honor because it recognizes my years of commitment and contributions.”

Kelley, who described himself as humbled and encouraged by the professorship, said he hopes to continue and expand his research and mentoring of students.

“In particular, I want to continue my journey of understanding how financial markets process information and passing that understanding to others,” he said. “I also want to invest in people by mentoring our doctoral students in their own learning adventures, equipping my students at all levels to think critically and engage in fruitful community relationships.”