Peter Salovey A.B., M.A., Ph.D.
Peter Salovey is the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology. From October 2008 to January 2013, he served as Yale University provost; in November 2012 he was announced as the University’s next president. He will take office on July 1, 2013, succeeding the current president, Richard C. Levin, who has announced his intention to step down on June 30, 2013.
Salovey joined the Yale faculty in 1986 after receiving an A.B. and A.M. from Stanford University in 1980, with departmental honors and university distinction, and a Ph.D. from Yale. He holds secondary faculty appointments in the Schools of Management and Public Health and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. He was appointed chair of the Department of Psychology in 2000, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2003, and dean of Yale College in 2004.
Salovey has authored or edited thirteen books translated into eleven languages and published more than 350 journal articles and essays, focused primarily on human emotion and health behavior. With John D. Mayer, he developed a broad framework called “Emotional Intelligence,” the theory that just as people have a wide range of intellectual abilities, they also have a wide range of measurable emotional skills that profoundly affect their thinking and action.
In addition to teaching and mentoring scores of graduate students, Salovey has won both the William Clyde DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College and the Lex Hixon ’63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences. In 2009 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.