Professor Chaney is Director of the Master of Liberal Studies Program. In the Department of English he teaches Shakespearean drama and many other subjects. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Hong Kong in 2009-2010. Currently, he co-directs the Japan-Hong Kong summer overseas study program with Senior Lecturer Yoshiko Green. His published research includes work on Shakespearean drama, Renaissance rhetoric, and eighteenth-century autobiography.
His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines, including The Nation, Yankee, Crazyhorse, Beloit Poetry Journal, Black Warrior Review, Roanoke Review, Spillway, and The Apple Valley Review. Since 2002, Dr. Chaney has written radio commentaries for Michiana Chronicles, a series broadcast by 88.1 FM WVPE Elkhart/South Bend, an NPR station. In 2007 the series was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Regional Award for Writing by the Radio-Television News Directors Association. In 2001, Chaney published a book of poetry translations, Heraldic Cries of Survival, by Peruvian poet Eleodoro J. Febres Arias. For a number of years he chaired the Computer Culture Area of the Southwest Popular and American Culture Associations.