Centre College Directory
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Danville, KY 40422
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Patrick Kagan-Moore is professor of dramatic arts at Centre College, where he has taught since 1992. He was awarded the Hazelrigg Professorship in Dramatic Arts in 2004.
A teacher and producing theatre artist for more than 35 years, Kagan-Moore teaches a wide range of courses in Centre’s dramatic arts program as well as humanities courses in the college’s general studies program. He regularly directs at least one of Centre’s three major productions each year. Recent successful shows have included Assassins, Buried Child, and Our Country’s Good.
Since his first directing experience in a student production at Oregon State University, Kagan-Moore has directed or acted in nearly 100 productions, including professional, academic, community theatre, opera, and film. His professional directing credits include an Off-Off-Broadway production of Nikolai Gogol’s Marriage in New York City, Macbeth (Central Coast Shakespeare Festival), and Superior Donuts (Athens West Theatre).
His acting roles have included Ahab in Moby Dick, Macduff in Macbeth, and Brian in Joe Egg. Kagan-Moore was a regional finalist in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition, and he received several acting and directing awards from the Bellingham (Wash.) Theatre Guild and Oregon State University.
Kagan-Moore holds a B.S. from Oregon State University, an M.A. from Western Washington University, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.
File last updated 1/18/17
Acting and directing
A veteran of acting and directing for more than 20 years. Recent successes as a director include The Voice of the Prairie, which received the highest possible rating in adjudication at the Kentucky Theater Festival, and Dancing at Lughnasa, which was runner up in the American College Theatre regional competition. Chosen to direct a 1994 Off-Off-Broadway production of Nikolai Gogol’s Marriage.
Jocelyn, originally from Tampa, Florida, graduated from Centre in 2015 with a BA in International Relations and Politics. As a student, Jocelyn played soccer for Centre, studied abroad in Strasbourg, France for one semester and served as member of Kappa Alpha Theta. After graduation, Jocelyn joined the Alumni and Development Office as the Alumni and Development Fellow. Her responsibilities include assisting the Director of Alumni Affairs with alumni events, supervising the student- led Phonathon and advising the Student Advancement Board. Jocelyn enjoys returning home to Colorado to spend time with her family, traveling, exercising, cooking and reading.
Matthew Kassner joined Centre in 2014 as assistant professor of psychology.
He earned a B.S. at the University of Tennessee, and earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in social psychology at Purdue University.
Margaret, a native of Saint Cloud, MN, joined the Student Life Office as the Coordinator for Residence Life & Housing in July 2016. She is a 2016 graduate of Centre College with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Politics. In this role, she works with the Resident Assistants (RAs), evaluates the residence hall programming, aids with housing, and advises the Residence Assistant Advisory Board. While at Centre, Margaret was an RA, served on the Student Judiciary, was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, acted in the Rho Gamma role for two years, served as a research assistant for the Politics department, and studied abroad in Morocco, Guatemala, England, and Macedonia.
Ken Keffer retired in 2016 as emeritus professor of modern languages at Centre College, where he had taught since 1979. He held the Stodghill Professorship in Modern Languages since its inception in 2004.
Keffer received Centre’s “Rookie of the Year Award” in his first year at Centre and in 1988 and in 2010 received the David Hughes Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Keffer has spent 5 years in Europe serving as the teacher and director of Centre’s residential study-abroad programs in Strasbourg and in London. He was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in Germany for a year and has pursued advanced research at locations in France, Germany, and Spain. Keffer has published scholarly articles in French and English and an award winning book (Mellen, 2001) on Montaigne’s Essays. This book was translated and published in French under the title Montaigne For Ever in 2005 (Editions Champion).
Since 2002 Keffer has devoted his “Art of Walking” courses to the study of Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgment. In the summer of 2012 he began reading Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time in German, French, and English, the topic of future writing and research.
Keffer holds a B.A. in French and English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in romance languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In 2010, Keffer was named the 2010 Kentucky Professor the Year by The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
File last updated: 9/27/13
EXPERT: Languages — French and German — French literature and history — Michel de Montaigne — Patriotism
A gifted and innovative teacher of languages who has spent a year as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in Germany and two one-year stints as teacher-director of Centre’s residential study-abroad program in Strasbourg, France. Encourages everyday use of foreign language by having his students plant gardens, shop, and take boat rides together, speaking only French. Several teaching awards at Centre. Scholarly research on Michel de Montaigne.
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Jim Kelly is an associate professor of physics who joined Centre’s faculty in 2008. 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 earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Davis and later an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Washington.
File last updated: 8/27/15
Joel Kilty is associate professor of mathematics. He joined Centre’s faculty in 2009.
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.
File last updated: 8/27/15
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
John Kinkade is Charles T. Hazelrigg Associate Professor of English. In 2010, he was named a Centre Scholar. Prior to joining Centre’s faculty in 2006, he taught at the Texas Military Institute, the University of Texas at Austin, and in the Naples, Fla., community schools.
He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Centre College with degrees in English and government, and earned a master’s and Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Texas at Austin.
File last updated: 9/13/13
Daniel Kirchner came to Centre in 2009 as a Visiting Lecturer of Philosophy and began as Assistant Professor of Philosophy in 2010. Prior to completing his Ph.D. in philosophy at Indiana University in 2010, he studied international relations and German as an undergraduate at the Johns Hopkins University, and received a Masters of Theological Studies at Harvard University.
Dr. Kirchner specializes in ethics and 19th-century philosophy—Hegel’s use of ancient views of the self in his ethics in particular. He teaches a range of courses including humanities courses, Philosophy of Religion, Introduction to Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Ethical Theory, 19th-Century Philosophy, and The Ethics of Food. Kirchner recently published a paper entitled “Augustine’s Use of Epicureanism: Three Paradigmatic Problems for a Theory of Friendship in the Confessions” in International Philosophical Quarterly.
Dr. Kirchner was awarded a Stoghill Research Professorship for the Fall 2013 term to research a book manuscript entitled “Eat Your Values”: The Ethics of Food.
File last updated: 8/22/13
Joel, a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, joined the counseling office in August 2015. Prior to attaining his masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Asbury Theological Seminary, Joel spent 9 years living and working in Romania, coordinating college age internships and working with children at risk.
He has spent the past three years providing individual, group, and family therapy, including alcohol and substance abuse treatment groups.
20 Questions with Zach Klobnak
1. Position at Centre?
Organist and Instructor of Music
2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
I grew up in Knoxville, Iowa. Knoxville is a small town in Southern Iowa surrounded by corn and soybean fields and known for the famed Knoxville Raceway, a sprint car racetrack, and the birthplace of the Iowa state flag.
3. What are your hobbies?
I enjoy running and am looking forward to my first half-marathon in the near future. I’m also a bit of a political junkie. I read a lot of political biographies—in fact, most of them are figures with whom I vehemently disagree. (It also makes for many confused looks when people browse the books on my bookshelf!)
4. What is your dream vacation?
Having spent two-and-a-half weeks this past summer in France, I have to admit that I fell in love with that country and would go back in a heartbeat. Of course, there is a rich history of organ music there, so I was completely “in my element,” so to speak.
5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
Jackson Pollock’s works and life are pretty interesting.
6. Favorite novel or poem?
Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying
7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
I can’t claim to be a sports player, but I do enjoy watching baseball. I idolized Kirby Puckett as a kid, and I still root for the Minnesota Twins.
8. Favorite TV show?
I don’t watch a lot of TV, but The Big Bang Theory always cracks me up!
9. Favorite album?
I’m not sure, but I really love 80s pop music—so, something from that decade with lots of power ballads!
10. Favorite holiday?
11. Favorite food?
12. Most prized possession?
I’m not sure—perhaps my health. Lots of people deal with serious health concerns on a daily basis, and, thus far, I’m fortunate to be quite healthy.
13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
As someone interested in American politics, I think it would be fascinating to see what figures like Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy would have to say about the world we live in today.
14. Favorite aspect of your job?
Helping students experience the joy of making music from the keyboard.
15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Spending a couple weeks of each summer during high school as a camp counselor for special needs adults. I learned a lot about helping all people maintain dignity in their lives. Those weeks always contained eye-opening moments for me, and I still look back on them with appreciation.
16. What would you be doing if you weren’t working at Centre?
That’s a good question—I’m not sure.
17. Educational experience that’s been most helpful to you?
As an undergraduate, majoring in two areas that seemed unrelated at the time—music and accounting. It turns out, though, that I have used both disciplines in my career.
18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
SpongeBob SquarePants—it would be pretty cool to live under water!
19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
I really enjoy when I can find time to carve out a couple hours and practice/play the organs on campus. Both of them—the Taylor & Boody at the Presbyterian Church and the Casavant on Newlin Hall stage—are fun instruments, and both play different segments of the repertoire well.
20. Advice you’d give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Always be yourself, ask lots of interesting people lots of intriguing questions and understand that mistakes are inevitable!
Before coming to Centre, Klooster was a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard University. His research interests are plant population and community ecology, evolutionary-ecology, symbioses, phylogeography, population genetics, genomics, and conservation of rare and endangered species. Klooster graduated cum laude from Xavier University with a B.S. in biological sciences and earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Cincinnati.
Since arriving at Centre, Klooster received a National Science Foundation grant in 2011 in collaboration with Dr. Steven Miller (University of Wyoming) to study highly specialized plant-fungal symbioses. The grant has facilitated research opportunities for Centre students and provided funding for a research/teaching post-doctoral fellow. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2013 and served as director of the Bonner Scholars Program from 2013 until 2016. In 2016, in collaboration with Centre colleagues Kyle Anderson, Danielle Kirchner, and Brett Werner, he received a four-year LIASE Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to pursue novel pedagogical practices integrating contemporary issues of Asia and the environment.
File last updated: 10/11/16
Staff Congress Representative (2015 — 2016)
Benjamin Knoll came to Centre in 2010 as assistant professor of government, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2013. He was appointed John Marshall Harlan Associate Professor of Politics in 2016.
Knoll’s area of expertise is American politics with a specialization in public opinion and voting behavior, specifically, race and politics, religion and politics, and political psychology.
He was a regional finalist for the 2014 Kentucky Secretary of State Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award. He is the director of the “Boyle County Exit Poll” and “Colonel’s Canvass Survey,” which are “experiential learning” projects for students in his courses.
Knoll’s research has been published in The Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Science Research, Research and Politics, Social Science Quarterly, American Politics Research, PS: Politics Science and Politics, Psychological Reports, and International Migration Review
Knoll graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in political science from Utah State University, and earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Iowa.
File last updated: 4/20/16
Kirk Knott joined the Center for Career & Professional Development as Associate Director in Sept. 2014. In this role, Kirk provides comprehensive career counseling to students and alumni in Division II (Social Studies) and to all undecided students, and will be creating and managing a Peer Educator program. Kirk comes to us from Bluegrass Community and Technical College, where he has worked as both a career counselor and a faculty member. Kirk has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and English from the University of Texas, and a Master of Education in community counseling from Texas Tech University.