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Centre is fortunate to boast an award-winning faculty of accomplished educators.

Centre Scholars

Being named a Centre Scholar is an honor that recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarly work, and contributions to the college community. Honors are rotated among Centre’s full-time faculty on a biennial basis. Each honoree receives a stipend above the normal salary.

The Centre Scholars program was made possible through a challenge gift to the college endowment from David Grissom, a Centre alumnus and Louisville businessman who chaired the college board of trustees from July 1986 to January 2008.

2016

Kyle Anderson, Assistant Professor of Chinese
Jonathan Earle, Assistant Professor of History
Marie Nydam, Assistant Professor of Biology
Matthew Pierce, Assistant Professor of Religion
Kari Young, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

2015

Dina Badie, Assistant Professor of Politics & International Studies
Jay Bloom, Assistant Professor of Art History
Sara Egge, Assistant Professor of History
Kerry Paumi, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ian Wilson, Assistant Professor of German & Humanities

2014

Robert Bosco, Assistant Professor of International Studies
Jeffrey Fieberg, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Lee Jefferson, Assistant Professor of Religion
Jason Neiser, Associate Professor of Physics
Stacey Peebles, Assistant Professor of English

2013

Robyn Cutright, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Matthew Hallock, Associate Professor Dramatic Arts
Matthew Klooster, Assistant Professor of Biology
Benjamin Knoll, Assistant Professor of Politics
KatieAnn Skogsberg, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience

2012

Laurence S. Bitensky, Associate Professor of Music
January Haile, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Christopher Paskewich, Assistant Professor of Government
Andrew Roche, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Leslie Wiglesworth, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

2011

Stephen E. Asmus, Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Genny Ballard, Assistant Professor of Spanish
Allison Connolly, Assistant Professor of French
Jeffrey Heath, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Marie Petkus, Assistant Professor of Economics

2010

Melissa Burns-Cusato, Assistant Professor of Psychology
John Kinkade, Assistant Professor of English
Alex M. McAllister, Associate Professor of Mathematics
John Perry, Assistant Professor of Economics

2009

Amos Tubb, Assistant Professor of History
Sarah Goodrum, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Brian Cusato, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Nathan Link, Assistant Professor of Music
Stephanie Dew, Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Ian W. Wilson, Assistant Professor of German and Humanities

2008

Richard D. Axtell, Associate Professor of Religion
Mary B. Daniels, Associate Professor of Spanish
Jeffrey E. Fieberg, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Robert E. Ziemba, Associate Professor of Biology

2007

Steven M. Beaudoin, Associate Professor of History
William David Hall, Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy
Lori Hartmann-Mahmud, Associate Professor of International Studies
Jan Wertz, Associate Professor of Psychology
Philip W. White, Associate Professor of English
Lisa Williams, Associate Professor of English

2006

Matthew R. Hallock, Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts
Judith Pointer Jia, Associate Professor of Art
Jennifer L. Muzyka, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Donna M. Plummer, Associate Professor of Education

2005

Laurence S. Bitensky, Associate Professor of Music
S. Keith Dunn, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Helen V. Emmitt, Associate Professor of English
Alex M. McAllister, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Mark D. Rasmussen, Associate Professor of English
José M. Workman, Associate Professor of Chemistry

2004

Steven M. Beaudoin, Associate Professor of History
Patricia S. Finch, Professor of Spanish
Anne E. Lubbers, Professor of Biology
A. Endre Nyerges, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Bradley H. Nystrom, Professor Emeritus of Education

2003

Richard D. Axtell, Associate Professor of Religion and Chaplain
Christine K. Barton, Professor of Biology
Mary B. Daniels, NEH Associate Professor of Spanish
James V. Morrison, Paul L. Cantrell Professor of Classics
P. Marshall Wilt, Professor Emeritus of Physics

2002

Stephen E. Asmus, Elizabeth Malloy Dowling Associate Professor of Biology
Beth Glazier-McDonald, H. W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Religion
Daniel L. Manheim, Professor of English
Margaret G. Richey, Professor of Biology and Biochemistry
Milton R. Scarborough, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion

2001

Mykol C. Hamilton, H. W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Psychology
William R. Levin, Professor of Art History
C. Thomas McCollough, Nelson D. and Mary McDowell Rodes Professor of Religion
Mark D. Rasmussen, Associate Professor of English
Jack G. Thompson, Professor of Psychology
William J. (Beau) Weston, NEH Professor of Sociology

2000

Michael G. Barton, Professor of Biology
Brian P. Cooney, H. W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Philosophy
Jane W. Joyce, Charles J. Luellen Professor of Classics
Phyllis Passariello, Professor of Anthropology
P. Marshall Wilt, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Endowed Professorships

Centre has multiple endowed professorships, thanks to the generosity of many different alumni, friends of the College, and organizations. This overwhelming support of our faculty members speaks to their high-caliber teaching and research endeavors.

• Paul G. Blazer Professorship in Economics, established by Ashland Oil Inc. and Mrs. James T. Norris in memory of her late husband Paul G. Blazer, a former Ashland CEO and Centre trustee. It was first awarded in 1981.

• Ewing T. Boles Professorships, established by a bequest from Ewing T. Boles, Class of 1916. He was a Columbus businessman, CEO of The Ohio Co., and Centre board chair (1964-69). The Boles professorships encourage and denote leadership in academics and public affairs in the region and beyond. They were first awarded in 1994.

• James Graham Brown Professorship in Economics, established by a grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation in 1992. Mr. Brown was a Louisville businessman and philanthropist.

• Paul L. Cantrell Professorship in Humanities, a three-year rotating professorship, established in 1997 by a gift from Board Chair J. David Grissom, Class of 1960. Dr. Cantrell taught Shakespeare and drama at Centre from 1949 to 1989.

• J. Rice Cowan Professorship in English, established in 1962 by a bequest from Dr. Cowan, a Danville physician, member of the Class of 1890, and 18-year chair of the Centre Board of Trustees.

• Gordon B. Davidson Professorship in History, established by the BellSouth Corporation in honor of former BellSouth director and Centre trustee emeritus Gordon B. Davidson, Class of 1949. It was first awarded in 1998.

• Elizabeth Molloy Dowling Professorship in Science, established by a bequest from Elizabeth Molloy Dowling, Class of 1907. First awarded in 1997, the three-year rotating professorship recognizes promise and achievement among faculty in the science and mathematics division.

• Margaret V. Haggin Professorship in Science, established by a gift from the Margaret V. Haggin Trust of New York and first awarded in 1997.

• John Marshall Harlan Professorship in Government, established in 1994. John Marshall Harlan, Class of 1850, is widely acclaimed as one of the Supreme Court’s greatest justices. His most famous dissent came in 1896, when he argued against the majority in Plessy v. Ferguson, the case that made “separate but equal” the law of the land.

• Charles T. Hazelrigg Professorship in Humanities, a three-year rotating professorship, established in 1997 by a gift from Board Chair J. David Grissom, Class of 1960. Dr. Hazelrigg, Class of 1937, joined the English program in 1941, taught full time until 1981, and then part time for another six years.

• Frank B. and Virginia B. Hower Professorship in International Studies, established in 2005 by a grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation in honor of Frank Hower, member of the board at the Brown Foundation and at Centre College.

• Alfred P. and Katherine B. Jobson Professorship, established by a bequest from Mr. and Mrs. Jobson and first awarded in 1996. He was an executive vice president with Marsh and McLennan Inc., a New York City insurance firm. The Jobsons had ties to Centre through family and friends.

• Pierce and Amelia Harrington Lively Professorship in Government and Law, established in 2005 by gifts to the endowment in honor of Judge Lively and his wife Amelia and their many significant contributions to the life of the College.

• Charles J. Luellen Professorship in English, established in 1997 by the Ashland Inc. Foundation in honor of Charles J. Luellen, a Centre trustee and retired president of Ashland Oil.

• W. George Matton Professorships, established in 1969 by a bequest from W. George Matton, a Louisville tobacco executive and friend of the College.

• National Endowment for the Humanities Professorships, established by an NEH challenge grant. First awarded in 1988, these rotating awards recognize promise and achievement among members of the humanities faculty or those with interests in the humanities.

• Claude D. Pottinger Professorship in History, established by a bequest from Mr. Pottinger and first awarded in 1990.

• Nelson D. and Mary McDowell Rodes Professorship, established in 1996 in memory of their parents by Mr. and Mrs. Rodes’ four surviving children: Nelson D. Rodes Jr., Class of 1954 and vice chair of Centre’s Board of Trustees; Joe Rodes, Class of 1953; Clifton Rodes, Class of 1949; and Charles Owsley Rodes.

• H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professorships, established by a bequest from Mr. and Mrs. Stodghill. Mr. Stodghill was a member of Centre’s Board of Trustees and a member of the class of 1936. The professorships, now 10 in number, were first awarded in 2004.

• John C. Walkup Professorship in Chemistry, established by Centre trustee Joseph Patterson, Class of 1961, who studied under long-time Centre chemistry professor John C. Walkup. It was first awarded in 1997.

• John M. and Louise Van Winkle Professorship, established by a bequest from Mr. and Mrs. Van Winkle. John M. Van Winkle, Class of 1925, was a Centre trustee from 1947 until his death in 1974. The professorship was first awarded in 1996.

Below are the current endowed professorships listed in alphabetical order by the professor’s last name.

David A. Anderson, Paul G. Blazer Professor of Economics (2001)

Stephen E. Asmus, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2014)

Rick Axtell, H. W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Religion (2015)

Steven M. Beaudoin, Ewing T. Boles Professor of History (2012)

Larry Bitensky, W. George Matton Professor of Music (2015)

Melissa Burns-Cusato, Elizabeth Molloy Dowling Associate Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience (2014)

Allison Connolly, NEH Associate Professor of French (2013)

Helen Emmitt, J. Rice Cowan Professor of English (2015)

Beth Glazier-McDonald, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Religion (2004)

Mykol C. Hamilton, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Psychology (2005)

Lori L. Hartmann-Mahmud, Frank B. and Virginia B. Hower Associate Professor of International Studies (2009)

Bruce K. Johnson, James Graham Brown Professor of Economics (1992)

C. Kenneth Keffer, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of French and German (2004)

John S. Kinkade, Charles T. Hazelrigg Associate Professor of English (2014)

Nathan Link, NEH Associate Professor of Music (2013)

Mark T. Lucas, Alfred P. and Katherine B. Jobson Professor of English (1999)

Daniel L. Manheim, H. W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of English (2007)

Alex McAllister, H. W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Mathematics (2015)

C. Thomas McCollough, Nelson D. and Mary McDowell Rodes Professor of Religion (2002)

J. Preston Miles, John C. Walkup Professor of Chemistry (1997)

James V. Morrison, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Classics (2008)

Jennifer Muzyka, H. W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Chemistry (2015)

Phyllis Passariello, W. George Matton Professor of Anthropology (2007)

Stephen R. Powell, H. W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Art (2004)

Mark D. Rasmussen, Charles J. Luellen Professor of English (2012)

Margaret G. (Peggy) Richey, Ewing T. Boles Professor of Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2014)

Christine A. Shannon, Margaret V. Haggin Professor of Computer Science (1997)

Daniel G. Stroup, Pierce and Amelia Harrington Lively Professor of Government (2005)

Sheldon Tapley, H. W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Art (2005)

Amos T. Tubb, Gordon B. Davidson Associate Professor of History (2012)

William J. (Beau) Weston, John M. and Louise Van Winkle Professor of Sociology (2008)

Lisa Williams, Paul L. Cantrell Associate Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing Program (2014)

John H. Wilson, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Mathematics (2004)

Kirk Awards

The Kirk Award was endowed by a gift from a member of the board of trustees in 1995. The endowment has recognized excellent teachers at Centre since 1996. (Recipients’ teaching philosophies are listed next to their name as a clickable PDF document.)

2016

Steve Asmus, H.W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (PDF)

Stephen Dove, Assistant Professor of History (PDF)

Judith Jia, Professor of Art

2015

Richard Axtell, Professor of Religion and College Chaplain (PDF)

Sheldon Tapley, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H.Stodghill Professor of Art

Jan Wertz, Associate Professor of Psychology

2014

James Morrison, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H.Stodghill Professor of Classics

Kerri Paumi, Assistant Professor of Chemistry (PDF)

William (Beau) Weston, John M. and Louise Van Winkle Professor of Sociology

2013

David Anderson, Paul G. Blazer Professor of Economics (PDF)

Brian Cusato, Elizabeth Molloy Dowling Associate Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience (PDF)

Barbara Hall, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Music

2012

Mike Fabritius, Professor of Economics (PDF)

John Kinkade, Assistant Professor of English (PDF)

H. Edward Montgomery, Professor of Chemistry (PDF)

2011

Lee Jefferson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion (PDF)

Patrick Kagan-Moore, Charles T. Hazelrigg Professor of Dramatic Arts

Jason Neiser, Assistant Professor of Physics (PDF)

Peggy Richey, Professor of Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

2010

Helen V. Emmitt, Professor of English (PDF)

Bruce K. Johnson, James Graham Brown Professor of Economics

Jose M. Workman, Professor of Chemistry (PDF)

2009

Allison Connolly, Assistant Professor of French (PDF)

Brian P. Cooney, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Philosophy (PDF)

Alex M. McAllister, Associate Professor of Mathematics (PDF)

C. Thomas McCollough, Nelson D. and Mary McDowell Rodes Professor of Religion (PDF)

2008

Vincent A. DiMartino, W. George Matton Professor of Music

Julie James, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish

Christine A. Shannon, Margaret V. Haggin Professor of Science

Amos T. Tubb, Assistant Professor of History

2007

William P. Crummett, Professor of Physics

Jeffrey E. Fieberg, Associate Professor of Chemistry

C. Kenneth Keffer, Jr., H. W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of French and German

Elizabeth Perkins, Gordon B. Davidson Associate Professor of History

2006

Christine Barton, Professor of Biology

Mary B. Daniels, NEH Associate Professor of Spanish

Daniel Stroup, Pierce and Amelia Harrington Lively Professor of Government and Law

2005

Phyllis W. Bellver, Assistant Professor of Spanish

William David Hall, Assistant Professor of Religion

Philip B. Lockett, Professor of Physics

Robert E. Martin, Ewing T. Boles Professor Emeritus of Economics

Jan Wertz, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Ian W. Wilson, Assistant Professor of German and Humanities

2004

Helen V. Emmitt, Associate Professor of English

Anthony R. Haigh, Professor of Dramatic Arts

Margaret G. Richey, Professor of Biology

William J. Weston, NEH Professor of Sociology

John H. Wilson, H. W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Mathematics

Clarence R. Wyatt, Claude D. Pottinger Associate Professor of History

2003

Laurence S. Bitensky, Assistant Professor of Music

Michael Hamm, Ewing T. Boles Professor of History

Lori Hartmann-Mahmud, Assistant Professor of International Studies

Jennifer L. Muzyka, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Mark D. Rasmussen, Associate Professor of English

Robert E. Ziemba, Assistant Professor of Biology

2002

Robert Brownlee, Professor Emeritus of Economics

Larry Matheny, John Marshall Harlan Emeritus Professor of Government

Eric Mount, Nelson D. and Mary McDowell Rodes Emeritus Professor of Religion

2001

Stephen E. Asmus, Elizabeth Malloy Dowling Associate Professor of Biology

Jennifer L. McMahon, Associate Professor of Philosophy

2000

Richard D. Axtell, Associate Professor of Religion / Chaplain

Joe Workman, Associate Professor of Chemistry

1999

Karin Ciholas, Van Winkle Professor of Languages

Beth Glazier-McDonald, Associate Professor of Religion

1998

Donna Plummer, Assistant Professor of Education

Marshall Wilt, Professor of Physics

1997

Mark Lucas, Professor of English

Elizabeth Perkins, Assistant Professor of History

1996

Chalene Helmuth, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Roberta White, Luellen Professor of English

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