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Patten Mahler joined Centre as instructor of economics in 2014.
Her fields of interest include economics of education, labor economics, and public economics.
She received a B.S. in physics from Davidson College, an M.A. in economics from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia.
Daniel Manheim is professor of English at Centre College, where he has taught since 1991. He has held the Stodghill Professorship for English since 2007.
Manheim has a scholarly background in American literature, and he has taught Centre courses on major American writers, environmental literature, American autobiography, and the modern short story. He has pursued research on American historian and philosopher Henry Adams and poet Emily Dickinson, among others, and his articles have appeared in such publications as The New England Quarterly, ESQ, and Literary Imagination. He is on the board of directors of The Emily Dickinson International Society, and he edits the EDIS Bulletin.
Prior to joining the Centre faculty, Manheim was a visiting professor at Bard College and an instructor at Columbia University and Barnard College.
Manheim holds an A.B. from Amherst College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia.
File last updated: 3/18/14
EXPERT: American literature — The life and writings of Henry Adams — American autobiography
Scholarly background in American Literature. Has taught major American writers, African-American literature, American autobiography, and poetry. Expertise on American historian and philosopher Henry Adams.
Bob Martin is professor emeritus of economics at Centre College, where he has held a Boles Professorship since 1996. In 2005, he received the Kirk Award for excellence in teaching. He joined the Centre faculty in 1996 and taught previously in the graduate programs at Louisiana State University and the University of Texas-Arlington, where he was a professor and interim dean of the business school.
His specialty in graduate economic education was microeconomic theory and mathematical economics. Martin also worked as a corporate development manager and served as a senior executive in a publicly held firm where he was responsible for financial planning, budgeting, and mergers and acquisitions.
Martin has over thirty publications. The bulk of these publications are in academic journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Economic Inquiry, Southern Economic Journal, Applied Economics, and the Journal of Comparative Economics. He has published several chapters in books and has a new book forthcoming in 2005 dealing with the economics of higher education. His earlier work covered such topics as behavior under risk and uncertainty, recycling, externality regulation, medical economics, franchising, enrollment management, and tuition discounting.
Martin received a B.A. from Austin College, an M.A. from Texas Christian University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Methodist University.
File last updated: 7/8/13
Alex McAllister joined the Centre College faculty in 1999, and is H. W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Mathematics. In 2009, he received the Kirk Teaching Award, and has been honored as a Centre Scholar both in 2005 and in 2010. He has prior teaching experience as a visiting assistant professor at Dartmouth College and a graduate instructor at the University of Notre Dame. McAllister was also a research assistant at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
McAllister’s scholarly interests include mathematical logic and foundations, and computability theory. His articles have been published in the Archive for Mathematical Logic, the Journal of Symbolic Logic, and the Mathematical Logic Quarterly. In 2009, Oxford University Press published A Transition to Advanced Mathematics: A Survey Course, which McAllister co-authored with William Johnston of Randolph-Macon College.
McAllister holds a B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Pi Mu Epsilon.
File last updated: 8/29/13
EXPERT: Mathematical logic — Foundations and computability theory
Research interests in mathematical logic and foundations and computability theory. Articles published in Archive for Mathematical Logic and the Journal of Symbolic Logic.
Thomas McCollough retired as professor of religion and history at Centre College in 2017, where he had taught since 1980. He has held the Rodes Professorship since 2002. In 2009, he received the Kirk Teaching Award. In 2012, he was named Kentucky Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. In 2013, he was selected as the Annual Professor at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem and spent the spring of 2013 in residence. He has particular expertise in the history of Christianity and Christian thought, biblical history and archaeology, and the contemporary Middle East. He is the director of the Archaeological Excavations at Khirbet Qana (Cana of Galilee), and since 2008, he has been the program director for the Istanbul Program offered by the Kentucky Institute for International Studies.
Since 1985 McCollough has been the assistant director of archaeological digs in Sepphoris, Israel taking along a number of Centre students for summer excavations during this time. In 1992 and 1993, he and his students were part of a team that uncovered rare amulets at Sepphoris that are estimated to be around 2000 years old. At the beginning of 2002, McCollough also became the assistant director for the archaeological excavations of Khirbet Kana. He and fellow Centre professor, Beth Glazier-McDonald, have published scholarly articles about the amulets in Atiqot and Archaeological Odyssey.
McCollough is a co-editor, along with Douglas R. Edwards, of Archaeology and the Galilee: Text and Context in the Graeco-Roman and Byzantine Periods (Scholars Press, 1997). He also has published articles in academic journals including Studi Patristica and Religious Studies Review. McCollough has forthcoming books entitled Ancient Christian Commentary of the Book of Daniel and another co-edited book entitled The Archaeology of Difference. He recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to support his research and publication of the excavations at Sepphoris.
McCollough received a B.A. from the University of Florida, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He also has an M.Div. degree from Duke University.
File last updated: 9/11/14
EXPERT: Christianity and Christian thought — Biblical history — Contemporary Middle East — Archaeology in the Middle East
Expertise in the history of Christianity and Christian thought, Biblical history and archaeology, and the contemporary Middle East. An avid participant in archaeological digs in Israel, often taking Centre students. He and his students were part of a team that uncovered at Sepphoris rare amulets estimated to be around 2000 years old. Co-editor, along with Douglas R. Edwards, of Archaeology and the Galilee: Text and Context in the Graeco-Roman and Byzantine Periods (Scholars Press, 1997).
Preston Miles is professor of chemistry at Centre College, where he has taught since 1981. He has held the Walkup Professorship of Chemistry since 1997, and has served as chair of the natural science program.
Miles is an analytical chemist who worked in research and development in private industry before joining the Centre faculty. He is deeply committed to getting Centre students involved in collaborative research. His research has focused on the development and application of methods for trace level analyses. Current projects include the determination of toxic heavy metals in woody plant materials, the determination of cortisol in urine and feces from both captive and wild wooly monkey populations, and most recently, the determination of PPCP’s in surface waters.
The PPCP compounds (pharmaceutical and personal care products) represent a category of potential environmental concern. Recent discoveries (Science News, April 2000, Environmental Science and Technology, February 2002) suggest that these compounds occur at levels and frequencies much higher than previously anticipated. Miles and his student collaborators are currently working on developing and validating sample preparation and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry methods for some of these compounds.
Miles has developed a number of successful grant proposals on behalf of the sciences at Centre. He holds a B.A. from Centre and earned a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Kentucky.
File last updated: 8/5/13
EXPERT: Analytical chemistry — Trace level analysis — Science education and importance of basic research
An analytical chemist who worked in research and development in private industry before joining the Centre faculty. Deeply committed to collaborative research bringing together students and faculty. Recent research with a Centre student investigating how temperature affects the solubility of a form of carbon molecule known as carbon 60 or C-60 (“fullerenes”). He has developed a number of successful grant proposals on behalf of the sciences at Centre.
Ed Montgomery joined the Centre College faculty in 2000. Prior to that, he served 28 years on active duty in the United States Navy, retiring in October 1999 with the rank of Captain. Montgomery was principally assigned to construction, overhaul and repair of nuclear-powered submarines. He served on USS JOHN ADAMS (SSBN 620) Blue, at the Philadelphia and Charleston Naval Shipyards and on the materiel staff of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He also spent two years on the chemistry faculty of the United States Naval Academy where he taught general and physical chemistry.
In February 1985 Montgomery reported to the submarine tender USS PROTEUS (AS 19) in Guam as Repair Officer. During his tour, PROTEUS completed six Western Pacific deployments and won the Battle Efficiency “R.”
Returning from overseas duty in 1988, he was assigned to the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Groton, Connecticut, as Project Officer for construction of attack submarines. In March 1991 he transferred to Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters as Assistant Program Manager for attack submarine construction. While in this position, he was assigned additional duty with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration where he received a Group Achievement Award for his work on the Space Station Requirements Team.
In August 1994, Montgomery returned to Groton as the Supervisor of Shipbuilding. During his three years in command, six submarines were delivered to the Navy. These included the first SEAWOLF (SSN 21) class submarine and the final Trident submarine, USS LOUISIANA (SSBN 743). In 1997, his command was one of five Executive Department recipients of the National Partnership Council “Silver Eagle” for Labor-Management teaming.
His last assignment before retirement was Chief of Staff of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, the Navy’s research, development, test and evaluation center for submarines, autonomous underwater vehicles and undersea weapons systems.
His military awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy Commendation Medal and the Strategic Deterrent Patrol pin.
Montgomery’s research concentrates on theoretical chemistry with an emphasis on accurate calculation of the electronic properties of small quantum systems. Recognized as an expert on computational methods, he collaborates with research groups in India, Mexico, Russia, Hungary and Israel. His research has been published in the Journal of Chemical Physics, Physica Scripta, Physics Letters, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry Accounts and the Journal of Mathematical Physics and as invited book chapters in Theory of Confined Quantum Systems and in Electronic Structure of Quantum Confined Atoms and Molecules. He has also authored or co-authored educational papers on quantum chemistry in the Journal of Chemical Education, European Journal of Physics and The Chemical Educator. His publications include six papers written with undergraduate co-authors.
Montgomery also has a particular interest in using NASCAR as a means of introducing physics and chemistry to non-scientists and has incorporated this material in a first-year studies course.
A native of Lancaster, Kentucky, Dr. Montgomery graduated from Berea College in 1968 and earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Kentucky in 1971. He is also a graduate of the Submarine Officer Basic Course and the Program Management Course of the Defense Systems Management College, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Montgomery is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Naval Submarine League, the Society of Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi.
File last updated: 8/9/16
Art Moore, who retired in 2013, joined the college in 1982 as assistant professor of mathematics. He led a team of inter-disciplinary faculty who initiated a program of study in computer science in the spring of 1984 and served as chair of the computer science program from 1984 to 1991.
In 1991, Moore was named director of computer services, which later became Information Technology Services. Over the next three years, he oversaw the implementation of the college’s first integrated administrative database. During this project, Moore also supervised the expansion of the college’s fledgling network, from the installation of an inter-building, fiber-optic backbone to the full-scale connection to the Internet. The expansion also included extension of the network into every permanent residence hall room on campus. He has continued active involvement in refinements to the network—voice over IP (VoIP) telecommunications and wireless connectivity—over the past several years.
As a member of the faculty, Moore remains active member of the computer science program. He advises students and has supervised a number of student internships in the computer science discipline. He currently serves as co-chair of the College’s ad hoc committee exploring the role of technology in the strategic planning process and is a continuing member of the Planning and Priorities Committee. He is also the faculty advisor of Centre Catholic Community.
Moore earned a B.S. with honors from the University of Florida and holds an M.Ed. from the same institution.
File last updated: 5/2/13
James V. Morrison is the Stodghill Professor of Classics at Centre. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College (1979), M.A. from the University of Washington (1984), and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (1988). He teaches Greek and Latin language and literature, courses in ancient history, mythology, comedy and satire, Indo-European Linguistics and Poetic Traditions, and the first-year humanities sequence. He has led student trips to Greece (2000, 2011) and to Italy (2003).
He is the author of Homeric Misdirection: False Predictions in the Iliad (1992), A Companion to Homer’s Odyssey (2003), Reading Thucydides (2006), and Shipwrecked: Disaster and Transformation in Homer, Shakespeare, Defoe, and the Modern World (2014), as well as articles on Ovid, the New Testament, and Caribbean Literature. His current project explores ancient and modern comedy and satire.
File last updated: 8/23/17
EXPERT: Classics — Homer and the Iliad
Research interests include Homer and ancient epic, Greek literature and philosophy, Late Republican and Augustan literature and history, and classical tradition in 20th century literature and culture. Author of Homeric Misdirection: False Predictions in the Iliad (University of Michigan Press 1992) and numerous other articles and reviews for academic journals, including Latomus, Journal of American Culture, and Religious Studies Review.
Sarah Murray is an associate professor of education at Centre.
Prior to joining Centre’s faculty in 2006, Murray was support assistant to the Committee for Mathematics Achievement, a state level committee. She has taught at the secondary and college levels for several years. She has worked with teachers and students as a K-12 mathematics resource coordinator, and with the Appalachian Math and Science Partnership.
She received her B.A. in mathematics from Western Kentucky University, an M.A. in mathematics education from Eastern Kentucky University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kentucky.
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File last updated: 8/6/13
Jennifer Muzyka is H. W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Chemistry at Centre College, where she has taught since 1994.
An organic chemist, Muzyka is committed to working with her Centre students in collaborative research. Her current research involves the structure-based drug design of potential antibiotics, with focus on inhibiting the bacterial enzyme MurA. In 2013-14 she worked with Luke Presson ’16 and Daniel Graham ’16 on computational studies of the enzyme. Griffin Cote ’16, Josh Winner ’14, and Leila Samhat ’16 synthesized potential inhibitors for the enzyme.
Muzyka develops web-based applications such as the Spectral Zoo and the Reaction Zoo to help students learn organic chemistry. Muzyka’s presentations at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education as well as hit counters on these sites show that faculty and students at other institutions find these tools useful. This year she organized a symposium on the Flipped Classroom for the 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, which was very popular among attendees.
Muzyka has published her research in scholarly journals including the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Journal of Physical Chemistry, and Journal of Chemical Education.
Muzyka received her B.S. from the University of Dallas and her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin.
File last updated: 08/12/14
EXPERT: Organic chemistry — Chemical education — Computational chemistry — Structure-based drug discovery
An organic chemist working on a collaborative interdisciplinary team to discover inhibitors of MurA, a bacterial enzyme important in the synthesis of cell walls. Committed to working with students in collaborative research. Develops web-based applications to help students learn organic chemistry.