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The main telephone number for Centre College is 859.238.5200. Calls to this number will be routed to the appropriate extension. In an after-hours emergency, call 859.236.4357.
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Michael Fabritius is a professor of economics. Prior to joining Centre’s faculty in 2006, he was McBryde Professor of Finance and Economics at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Dr. Fabritius’ scholarly interests include savings and loan industry, economic history, money and banking, and economic education. He has published articles and book chapters on such subjects as “An Evaluation of the Life Cycles of Education Supporting Lotteries,” in Public Finance Review and “The Changing Quality of Business Education,” in Economics of Education Review.
He received a B.A. in economics from S.U.N.Y—Fredonia, a master’s in economics from New Mexico State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas.
File last updated: 5/2/13
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
Amanda Falk graduated with a B. S. (Honors) in Biology from Lake Superior State University, performing a senior thesis on molecular and morphometric sexing of bald eagles and related species. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Kansas, studying avian paleontology and ichnology—trace fossils—as well as anatomy and behavior of modern birds. During this time she began research in China and South Korea, supported by a U.S. Fulbright Grant from 2011-2012 that provided the opportunity to perform extensive research in China.
She has expertise in paleobiology, evolutionary biology, functional morphology, and fossil behavior. Her current research interests are studies of fossil avian anatomy, avian ichnology (the study of preserved behavior known as trace fossils—footprints, burrows, etc.), comparative studies of modern avian anatomy, studies of modern avian footprint production and tracemaking behavior, laser-stimulated fluorescence of fossils, and paleobiodiversity and mass extinction.
File last updated 6/26/17
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Ben Feese was professor of biology at Centre from 1965 until his retirement in 1997.
His areas of expertise include genetic engineering, and reproductive and developmental biology.
He received a B.A. in biology from Centre College, and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Washington University.
Jeffrey Fieberg joined the faculty at Centre College in 2005, was promoted to associate professor of chemistry in 2008, and named the John C. Walkup Professor of Chemistry in 2017. Prior to joining Centre’s faculty in 2005, he taught at Hillsdale College (1998–2001) and Georgetown College (2001–2005), where he won the John Walker Manning Distinguished Mentor and Teacher Award in 2003.
Raised in Kirkwood, Missouri, Fieberg graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. in chemical physics from Centre College. He received his M.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Texas. His Ph.D. research focused on the photochemistry of molecules adsorbed on metal surfaces. Fieberg has been published in such journals as Chemical Physics Letters, Journal of Chemical Physics, Surface Science, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions, Journal of Chemical Education and Applied Spectroscopy.
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 directed by Gregory Smith ’95, Ph.D., technical analyses of paintings from the IMA’s European collection were performed using x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, Raman microspectroscopy, and infrared microspectroscopy. The paintings analyzed included Mysterious Departure by Giorgio de Chirico, Jupiter with Thunderbolt, attributed to a follower of Jacob Jordaens, and the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Undergrowth with Two Figures by Vincent van Gogh (http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/aspc/71/5). Fieberg frequently returns to the IMA, where he has helped to investigate the IMA’s Van Gogh painting, Landscape at Saint-Rémy.
Fieberg frequently teaches General Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy, Thermodynamics and Kinetics, and Natural Science. Fieberg is an energetic teacher. In his introductory classes, he performs demonstrations almost daily in class. Fieberg has received several awards, 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), and the David Hughes Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service (2010). He was named a Centre Scholar in 2008 and 2014. He was selected co-Most Dramatic Professor in Kentucky by Kentucky Monthly in 2010.
As a Centre student, Fieberg studied art, architecture and music abroad in Paris, Florence, Munich, and Amsterdam. Fieberg is a staunch advocate of the transformational experiences gained by studying abroad, and he has led both semester programs and short-term travel courses in Europe. Fieberg co-directed the Centre-in-London program in 2010 where he taught Chemistry in Art and British Scientists: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. Fieberg directed the Centre-in-Strasbourg program for the 2013-14 academic year and is directing the Strasbourg program for the 2017-18 academic year.
Fieberg’s signature class, 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 CentreTerms 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, Germany and Switzerland. In addition, Fieberg offers Chemical Analysis of Modernist Paintings as an upper-level elective for chemistry majors and minors.
Fieberg is highly active on campus; he has chaired the Chemistry Program, Natural Science Program, and the Committee on Tenure and Reappointment. He serves as the faculty advisor for the social fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. In the past, he has served as the faculty liaison for the Centre softball team and as the faculty advisor for the American Chemical Society. Fieberg is heavily invested in community outreach as he frequently performs chemistry demonstration shows at local schools with Centre students.
File last updated: 9/8/17
Patricia S. Finch is professor of Spanish at Centre College, where she has taught since 1991.
Finch published (2003) an edition of La Celestina, a XVth century classic work, in the Juan de la Cuesta European Masterpieces series. She has also co-authored “Don Quijote” en el arte y pensamiento de Occidente with John Jay Allen for Catedra Press, Madrid. This is a tribute for the 400th anniversary of the publication of Don Quijote. Professor Finch has served as Chair of Spanish for 7 years, and represented Centre College in the Preparing Future Faculty graduate seminar at the University of Kentucky for 5 years. She has published and presented papers on magic and witchcraft in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, La Celestina, and Don Quijote, in the United States as well as in Spain. She taught a graduate course in Machismo in Latin American Novel and Film at Middlebury College in Vermont. She has taught courses in all levels and areas of language, civilization, and literature.
Finch earned B.S. and M.A. degrees at Bowling Green State University, and she holds a Ph.D. from Catholic University of America.
File last updated: 7/8/13
Satty Flaherty-Echeverría joined the faculty of Centre College in 2016 as assistant professor of Spanish.
Her research and teaching interests include Afro-descendants’ literature and cultural production in the Caribbean and Latin America, African literatures written in Spanish and Portuguese, Colonial/Postcolonial literatures, Race and Black intellectualism in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds. She will be co-directing the 2018 Centre Term in Brazil.
Flaherty-Echeverría earned a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
File last updated: 8/30/2017
Amy Frederick joined Centre’s faculty in 2015, and is assistant professor of art history. Her major area of interest is seventeenth-century Dutch art.
She received a B.A. in English and art history from Duke University, an M.A. in art history and museum studies and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.
Kristen Fulfer is an assistant professor of chemistry. She joined Centre’s faculty in 2017.
Before coming to Centre, Fulfer earned a B.S. in chemistry and mathematics from Texas State University and then continued on to study for her Ph.D. in chemistry at Louisiana State University. Her Ph.D. work focused on using electronic spectroscopy to explore electron rescattering phenomena occurring during photoionization and photorecombination processes under the guidance of Erwin Poliakoff. Fulfer continued on as a postdoctoral fellow at Louisiana State University in the lab of Daniel Kuroda, where she used infrared spectroscopy to study the structure and dynamics of carbonate-based lithium-ion battery electrolytes. Fulfer’s current research interests include utilizing infrared spectroscopy to explore the structure and energetics of interesting solutions.”
File last updated: 8/21/17