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Brian Cusato joined Centre’s faculty in 2006 as assistant professor of psychology, and became an associate professor and Centre Scholar in 2009. In 2016, Cusato was named associate academic dean of the College.
Dr. Cusato’s research interests concern the behavioral mechanisms of learning in animals. He is most interested in adaptive specializations in learning, and the integration of biological, comparative, and evolutionary approaches to the study of learned behavior. Most of his experiments investigate how learning occurs in the sexual behavior system, and how animals learn about the species typical cues they experience during naturally occurring social interactions. This is a novel approach to the study of learning—general enough to apply across species, yet specific enough to reflect the evolutionary history and genetics of particular species and individuals. The work is revealing sex differences in learned behavior and the importance of learning in ecologically relevant social situations. Cusato’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, and findings from his experiments have been published in numerous journals including Animal Learning and Behavior, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Behavioural Processes, The International Journal of Comparative Psychology, and Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.
Cusato received a B.A. in psychology from Muhlenberg College, a master’s degree from Bucknell University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
File last updated: 8/2/13
Stephanie Fabritius is a professor of biology, vice president for academic affairs, and dean of the College. Prior to joining Centre in 2006, she was a professor, associate provost, and director of the Paideia Program at Southwestern University, where she worked for more than 17 years.
While at Southwestern University, she held the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair in the Sciences from 2000 to 2004, and in 1997 received the Exemplary Teaching Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. In 2002-2003, she was one of 35 professors and academic administrators from across the country selected for an American Council on Education Fellowship. She spent her fellowship year at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Dean Fabritius currently serves on the board of the American Council of Academic Deans.
Fabritius’ signature courses have included introductory biology, biological diversity and interactions, ecology, animal behavior, evolution, natural history of the vertebrates, animal behavior seminar, and introduction to research.
She holds a B.S. in biology from Pepperdine University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.
File last updated: 1/13/15
Mary Gulley joined the faculty of Centre College in 2004 as assistant professor of psychology.
Gulley’s areas of specialty include social psychology, interpersonal communication, social and personality development, and life span development. Her research has been published in the Journal of Social Issues, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships.
Gulley holds B.A. degrees in biological sciences and psychology from Transylvania University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in experimental psychology from the University of Louisville.
To read about Dr. Gulley’s CentreTerm course on Alfred Hitchcock, click here.
File last updated: 5/2/13
Dr. Rodmon King joined Centre College in 2015 as associate vice president for academic affairs and diversity initiatives.
King came to Centre from Hobart and William Smith (HWS), where he served on campus committees such as the Committee on the Faculty, the Committee on Academic Affairs, and the Committee on Diversity, Equity and Social Justice. He has also served on several advisory boards, including the HWS Higher Education Opportunities Program, the Centennial Center of Leadership, and the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. King’s hiring coincided with Centre’s $750,000 award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a four-year project to enhance diversity and inclusion on campus.
For his many efforts, King has received numerous accolades, including the Community Service Award from the Geneva, N.Y., Chapter of the NAACP, the HWS Annual Faculty Teaching Award, the SANKOFA Faculty Leadership Award and a Higher Education Opportunities Program Faculty Award.
His research and teaching interests are in the areas of social justice, ethical theory, African/African philosophy, philosophy of race, ancient Greek philosophy, applied ethics, environmental philosophy and philosophy of language.
King earned his B.A. in religion and philosophy at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y. His M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy were both earned at the University of Rochester.
File last updated: 5/3/16