Professor Chaney is Director of Wolfson Press, the publishing arm of the Master of Liberal Studies Program. In the Department of English, he teaches Shakespearean drama, medieval literature, creative writing, first year writing, and other courses, and he serves as the internship coordinator. His published research includes work on Shakespearean drama, Renaissance rhetoric, and eighteenth-century autobiography. He was the inaugural director of IU South Bend's general education program.
Dr. Chaney was a Fulbright Fellow in Hong Kong in 2009-2010 and a visiting professor at the University of Lille, France, in 2012-2013. He has been involved in international programs, co-directing the London-Paris program and, later, the Japan-Hong Kong summer overseas study program.
Professor Chaney's poetry appears in numerous magazines, including The Nation, Yankee, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, Beloit Poetry Journal, Black Warrior Review, Spillway, Dogwood, South Florida Poetry Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and Apple Valley Review. His work is represented in INverse: Indiana's Poetry Archive, a searchable database of poems by Indiana writers. From 2002 to 2021, he wrote 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 many years, he chaired the Computer Culture Area of the Southwest Popular and American Culture Associations.