Centre College announces 2017 tenure and promotions

Posted by Centre News in Asian Studies, Chemistry, Chinese, News 26 Apr 2017

sealThe Centre College Board of Trustees met on campus April 13-14, 2017, for its annual spring meeting, during which the following faculty tenure and promotions were approved.

Dr. Kyle D. Anderson
Awarded Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Kyle David Anderson is assistant professor of Chinese and chair of Asian studies at Centre College. He began working for the College in 2010 as an Arthur Vining Davis Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow and was later named a Centre Scholar (2016). Anderson is a former Fulbright junior scholar (Taiwan) and Fulbright-Hays fellow (China and Italy). He holds degrees in comparative literature from Brigham Young University and The Pennsylvania State University, where he specialized in Chinese and Italian languages and literatures.

 His literary scholarship deals with the history of Sino-Italian literary exchange. Recent work includes groundbreaking studies of Jiao Naifang’s adaptation of Boccaccio’s Decameron (An Eastern Decameron 东方十日谈, 2000) and Europe’s first chivalric romance focused on China (Il Magno Vitei, 1597). Anderson is also a translator of modern and contemporary Chinese and Italian poetry and prose. His work has appeared in Pathlight: New Chinese Writing, China Scenic, the Los Angeles Review of Books and others. He was awarded the Nanjing Young Literary Translators Award in 2015 for his work on avant-garde writer Su Tong’s novellas. Anderson currently serves as co-editor of the bilingual poetry quarterly, Poetrysky.

Anderson is also one of the College’s more active study abroad instructors, having lead eight different trips to Asia, Europe and the UK in his first seven years at Centre. He introduced faculty and student groups to Southern China, Tibet, Thailand and Myanmar. His ongoing involvement in the College’s Henry Luce LIASE implementation grant has secured future opportunities for students to study and intern in Asia. Finally, Anderson is a founding member and Director of External Affairs of Myanmar’s first liberal arts college, the Parami Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

His service to the campus community was recognized in 2013 with the annual C. Eric Mount, Jr. Student Appreciation Award.

Dr. Jeffrey Fieberg
Promoted to Full Professor
Jeffrey Fieberg ’91 joined the Centre faculty in 2005 and was promoted to associate professor of chemistry in 2008. Among his regular courses at the College are General Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy, Thermodynamics and Kinetics, and Natural Science.

Fieberg’s instruction at Centre has received notable recognition, including the Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007), the C. Eric Mount Jr. Student Appreciation Award (2007), the Outstanding Professor Award from Greek Life (2008 and 2009), the David Hughes Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service (2010). He was named a Centre Scholar in 2008 and 2014.

Fieberg’s signature class at the College, Molecular Modernism, is a truly interdisciplinary mix of science and art. He has taught Molecular Modernism: Monet to Mondrian as a first-year studies course with field trips to museums and conservation labs in Washington D.C., Indianapolis and Chicago. For CentreTerm 2013 and 2017, he taught Molecular Modernism: Manet to Matisse as a three-week travel course in Paris and Southern France. In Strasbourg, Fieberg teaches Molecular Modernism: Manet to Marc, which includes visits to museums in France and Germany. Additionally, he offers Chemical Analysis of Modernist Paintings as an upper-level elective for chemistry majors and minors.

Beyond the classroom, Fieberg’s current research interests are in technical art historical investigations of modernist paintings and analysis of artists’ materials. In 2011-2012, he participated as the first Sabbatical Leave Research Fellow in Technical Art History at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). Working in the Conservation Science Laboratory, technical analyses of paintings from the IMA’s European collection were performed using x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, Raman microspectroscopy and infrared microspectroscopy. He frequently returns to the IMA, where he has helped to investigate the Van Gogh painting, Landscape at Saint-Rémy.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Centre, Fieberg went on to receive his M.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Texas. His research has been published in such journals as Chemical Physics Letters, the Journal of Chemical Physics, Surface Science, the Journal of Physical Chemistry and the Journal of Chemical Education. Fieberg’s latest co-authored publication is titled, ““Paintings Fade Like Flowers”: Pigment Analysis and Digital Reconstruction of a Faded Pink Lake Pigment in Vincent van Gogh’s Undergrowth with Two Figures.”  This work, co-authored with Dr. Greg Smith ’95, is currently featured in the journal, Applied Spectroscopy.

Currently, Fieberg serves as the faculty advisor for Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He also co-directed the Centre-in-London program (2010) as well as the Centre-in-Strasbourg program (2013-14), with plans to return to direct the Strasbourg program during the 2017-18 academic year.

by Amy Clark Wise
April 25, 2017