Centre College announces 2015 tenure and promotions

Posted by Centre News in Anthro/Soc, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Math, News, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Spanish 21 Apr 2015

crounseThe Centre College Board of Trustees met on campus April 9-10, 2015, for its annual spring meeting, during which tenure and promotions were approved.

The following faculty members were awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor:

Dr. Eva Cadavid
Eva Cadavid
Eva Cadavid joined Centre’s faculty in philosophy in 2008. Before coming to Centre, Cadavid taught at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and also taught as an adjunct instructor at the Eastman School of Music. She graduated from Florida International University with a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in chemistry. Cadavid earned her master’s in philosophy at the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Rochester. She is fluent in Spanish and English and can read fluently in French and Ancient Greek.

Dr. Robyn Cutright
Robyn Cutright
Robyn Cutright joined Centre’s faculty in 2009 as assistant professor of anthropology and was named a Centre Scholar in 2013. Her research interests include household archaeology, anthropology and archaeology of food and cuisine, complex societies, gender studies, paleoethnobotany, and archaeology of the Andes and coastal Peru. Cutright received a B.A. in anthropology and Spanish from Lawrence University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. January Haile
January Haile
January Haile joined Centre’s faculty in chemistry in 2008. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2012. Before coming to Centre, Haile was a research mentor at Virginia Tech and taught as a supplemental instructor at Emory and Henry College. In 2013, she received Virginia Tech’s Outstanding Departmental Recent Alumni Award for biochemistry. She was invited to attend the 56th annual meeting of the Nobel Laureates and Students in 2006. Haile graduated summa cum laude from Emory and Henry College with a B.S in biology and chemistry. She earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Jim Kelly
Jim Kelly
Jim Kelly joined the College faculty in 2008 as assistant professor of physics. Before coming to Centre, he taught mathematics and physics at Bellevue College in Washington and mathematics at the University of Washington. He was a staff scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory, and he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Phenomenology. Kelly’s academic interests include radar signal and image processing, nonlinear dynamics and fractal geometry, mathematical physics and particle physics. His articles have been published in Physical Review, Physics Letters and Inverse Problems. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a B.S. in physics. He then received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Davis and later an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Washington.

Dr. Joel Kilty
Joel Kilty
Joel Kilty joined Centre’s faculty in 2009 as assistant professor of mathematics. His research interests include boundary value problems on non-smooth domains, harmonic analysis, Navier-Stokes equations and numerical partial differential equations. Kilty received a B.A. in mathematics from Asbury College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Chris Paskewich
Chris Paskewich
Chris Paskewich joined Centre’s faculty in 2009 as assistant professor of government and was named a Centre Scholar in 2012. His teaching interests include political philosophy, political ideology, American political thought and political economy. He recently conducted research in ancient Greek political thought and in Catholic political theology. He is currently researching the Federalist papers as well as recent Marxist reactions to terrorism. Paskewich received a B.S. in mathematics and philosophy and a M.S. in economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Andrew Roche
Andrew Roche
Andrew Roche joined Centre’s faculty in 2009 as assistant professor of philosophy and was named a Centre Scholar in 2012. He taught previously at the University of Oklahoma and Wheaton College. His areas of specialization include Kant (theoretical philosophy), early modern philosophy and philosophy of mind. Roche received a B.A. in philosophy and French from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University.

Dr. Nuria Sabaté-Llobera
Nuria Sabaté-Llobera
Nuria Sabaté-Llobera joined Centre’s faculty in Spanish in 2007. Her interests include 20th century Latin American literature with a focus on the Caribbean area and transatlantic studies. Sabaté earned a B.A. in Spanish philology and romance languages at the Universitat de Lleida in Spain. She also received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. KatieAnn Skogsberg
KatieAnn Skogsberg
KatieAnn Skogsberg joined Centre’s faculty in 2008 as assistant professor of psychobiology and was named a Centre Scholar in 2013. Before coming to Centre, Skogsberg taught courses in psychology at Northwestern University, where she earned both her M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology: brain, behavior and cognition. Her research interests include individual and group differences in visual attention abilities as well as the efficacy of behavioral and biofeedback training for enhancing attentional abilities and the remediation of attentional deficits. Skogsberg’s collaborative research focuses on the use of electroencephalography (EEG) to study patterns of brain activity related to attention and performance on visual attention tasks, specifically the effects of energy drinks on VATs in addition to the effects of concussions on VATs. Her work also includes survey research on concussion knowledge and what motivates athletes to return to play after sustaining a concussion. Skogsberg graduated from Boise State University with a B.A. in theatre arts and a B.S. in psychology with a biology minor.

The following faculty members were promoted to full professor:

Professor Judith Jia
Judith Jia
Judith Pointer Jia is associate professor of art at Centre College, where she has taught since 1998. As the head of the ceramics studio, Jia teaches all levels of ceramics as well as introductory drawing classes. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Kansas-Lawrence and an M.F.A. in Artisanry-Ceramics concentration from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Her work has been chosen for exhibition and won awards in several national competitions, including Prevailing Winds; Current Trends in Contemporary American Ceramics, at Young and Constantin Gallery in Wilmington, Vt.; and the Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibit, at the Wichita Center for the Arts. She regularly exhibits her work in Kentucky at the Ann Tower Gallery in Lexington, and the Kentucky Museum of Art + Design in Louisville. In 2004, Jia was awarded an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council which she used to fund travels and research in China.

Dr. Philip White
Phil White
Philip White joined the Centre faculty in 1999 as assistant professor of English and was named a Centre Scholar in 2007. White previously taught at Brigham Young University and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His interests have focused on Shakespeare and poetry, including poetry translation, and he has published critical and scholarly work in both fields. White also has won a Pushcart Prize for poetry and a Willis Barnstone Prize for poetry translation. His book of poems, The Clearing, won the 2007 Walt Macdonald award. White’s poems have also appeared, or are forthcoming in, The New Republic, Slate, Poetry, The Yale Review, Ploughshares, Literary Imagination, Agni, New England Review, Southern Review and elsewhere. White holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

by Amy Clark Wise