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Laura Chinchilla joined Centre in 2015 as assistant professor of Spanish.
Her research and teaching interests include detective and crime fiction and film in Spanish America and Brazil; film and media studies, global genres; culture and neoliberalism; and narconarratives.
Chinchilla received a B.A. in French and Francophone studies from Louisiana State University, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in comparative and world literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
File updated 9/2/15
Karin Ciholas retired as professor of language at Centre College in 2007, where she has held the Van Winkle Professorship of Language since 1996.
Ciholas grew up in Switzerland and subsequently lived for a time in France. Fluent in French and German, she has taught languages, humanities, and literature courses at Centre since joining the faculty in 1974.
Ciholas also has played a pivotal role in establishing Centre’s programs for overseas study, doing much of the on-site work to secure facilities, office space, and other local arrangements to launch a residential program in Strasbourg, France, in 1991. That highly successful program now hosts about 50 Centre students each year. The college has parallel programs in England, Latin America, and Japan.
A veteran of administrative assignments at the college, Ciholas has been Centre’s director of international programs (1990-92) and associate dean (1983-92). She held a National Endowment for the Humanities Professorship before her 1996 appointment to the Van Winkle Professorship. She has twice been the division chair.
Ciholas’ scholarly writing includes Gide’s Art of the Fugue: A Thematic Study of Les Faux-Monnayeurs, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1974 and André Gide, published by the University of North Carolina Press. Ciholas also received the Acorn award from the KAHE as outstanding professor in Kentucky in 1999.
She does extensive creative writing and has published poems, short stories, and articles. Two of her original plays, Four Queens and One Candle in the Night, have been performed on campus.
Ciholas holds a B.A. (Matura) from the Töchterschule der Stadt Zürich, a B.A. from the University of Richmond, and has earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
File last updated: 7/8/13
Allison Connolly joined Centre’s faculty in 2007 as an assistant professor of French and was named a Centre Scholar in 2011, held an NEH endowed professorship from 2014-16, and in 2009 she received the Kirk Teaching Award.
Before coming to Centre, Connolly was a teaching fellow and course coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she taught English at L’Universite de Montpellier III.
She graduated summa cum laude from Hollins University with a B.A. in French and Spanish. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in French and Francophone literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
File last updated: 8/5/13
In 2005, Brian Cooney was named Stodghill Professor of Philosophy at Centre College, where he has taught since 1980. In 2009, he received the Kirk Teaching Award.
Cooney has pursued research in the field of philosophical psychology and the mind/brain relationship. He is the author of A Hylomorphic Theory of Mind, published by Peter Lang Inc. in 1992.
He has edited and provided commentary for an anthology of readings in the philosophy of mind entitled The Place of Mind from Wadsworth Publishing Company (1999). His latest book is Posthumanity—Thinking Philosophically about the Future from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2004). It deals with the ways in which future technology will enable us to alter our minds and bodies
Cooney holds a B.A. in classics and philosophy from Saint Louis University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from McGill University.
File last updated: 5/2/13
Willie Costley is assistant professor of Spanish. He joined Centre’s faculty in 2013.
His research interests include U.S. Latina/o literature, border studies, nativism, visual culture, digital humanities, and new media studies. His dissertation analyzes how vigilante organizations circulate anti-immigrant rhetoric on the Internet and how their messages influence representations of immigrants in the “old media.” He is currently investigating the shift of the anti-immigrant movement from dedicated websites to social media platforms and the resurgence of vigilante groups along the Texas-Mexico border.
Costley received a B.A. in Spanish and English from Centre College, an M.A. in Spanish from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of Arizona.
File last updated: 9/4/13
Bill Crummett is professor of physics, emeritus at Centre College. He came to the College in 1987 after teaching at the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology, and retired in 2014.
Crummett is co-author of University Physics: Models and Applications, a physics textbook published in 1994 by the William C. Brown company. His co-author is Art Western of Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. Crummett and Western also collaborated to develop the Sonic Ranger, a piece of equipment that greatly aids student physics laboratories by providing a way to link an ultrasonic ranger with the graphing capabilities of a computer.
He has published articles that have appeared in The Physics Teacher and the American Journal of Physics.
Crummett graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in physics and received his Ph.D. from West Virginia University.
File last updated: 8/18/14
Brian Cusato joined Centre’s faculty in 2006 as assistant professor of psychology, and became an associate professor and Centre Scholar in 2009. In 2016, Cusato was named associate academic dean of the College.
Dr. Cusato’s research interests concern the behavioral mechanisms of learning in animals. He is most interested in adaptive specializations in learning, and the integration of biological, comparative, and evolutionary approaches to the study of learned behavior. Most of his experiments investigate how learning occurs in the sexual behavior system, and how animals learn about the species typical cues they experience during naturally occurring social interactions. This is a novel approach to the study of learning—general enough to apply across species, yet specific enough to reflect the evolutionary history and genetics of particular species and individuals. The work is revealing sex differences in learned behavior and the importance of learning in ecologically relevant social situations. Cusato’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, and findings from his experiments have been published in numerous journals including Animal Learning and Behavior, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Behavioural Processes, The International Journal of Comparative Psychology, and Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.
Cusato received a B.A. in psychology from Muhlenberg College, a master’s degree from Bucknell University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
File last updated: 8/2/13
Robyn Cutright joined Centre’s faculty in 2009. She is associate 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.
To read about her 2012 CentreTerm course, “Pyramids & Politics: Exploring Peru’s Prehispanic Past,” click here.
To read about her 2011 CentreTerm course, “Aliens, Atlantis, and Archaeology,” click here.
To read about the 2009 archeological dig in which Dr. Cutright’s class took part, click here.
File last updated: 8/27/15
Mary Daniels is professor of Spanish at Centre College, where she has taught since 1996. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2008.
Her teaching interests include U.S. Latino literature and border studies, as well as 17th-century Spanish literature. Daniels is an advocate of service learning in the classroom and her students routinely work in elementary schools, at literacy centers, and at North Point Training Facility helping with ESL classes. In 2004, Daniels received a grant from the 3M Foundation which was used to start a community center for Hispanics in Central Kentucky where she is co-director.
Daniels earned a B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, completed an M.A. at the University of Wisconsin, and received a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1998. She has taught Spanish in a variety of places, including the University of Kentucky, High Point University, and Guilford College.
During the 1998 fall term, Daniels served as the first resident teacher for Centre’s international program in Latin America. She taught and supervised a group of 15 Centre students in Quito, Ecuador, for the term.
Daniels received the McCrary Award as an outstanding graduate student at the University of Kentucky. She has pursued advanced research and made scholarly presentations delving into the role of women in the theater in 17th-century Spain.
File last updated: 5/2/13
EXPERT: Modern languages — Theater in 17th century Spain
Has taught Spanish in a variety of settings. Advanced research and scholarly presentations delving into the role of women in the theater in 17th century Spain. Resident director of Centre’s program in Ecuador during fall 1998.
Mark de Araujo (pronounced duh-rooz-jo) is associate professor of dramatic arts, and technical director of the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College.
De Araujo does much of his teaching at Centre on a one-to-one basis, instructing and supervising students as they develop the sound, lighting, and technical direction for drama productions. He introduces students to emerging techniques for utilizing computers and other technology as tools in the dramatic arts.
In his role as technical director of the Norton Center for the Arts, de Araujo is responsible for the technical needs of the college’s Norton Center for the Arts. The Norton Center is a major performing arts venue and mounts an annual subscription series that brings to campus performers such as violinist Itzhak Perlman, soprano Kathleen Battle, and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis; as well as touring Broadway productions, major dance companies, and symphony orchestras. Through de Araujo, Centre students have the opportunity to learn about technical needs of arts centers and the technical side of arts management.
De Araujo holds a B.F.A. from the University of Florida and an M.A. degree from Indiana University. He has done design and tech work for the Brown County Playhouse, Indiana University, the Hippodrome Theatre, and Raintree Harvest dance troop. De Araujo joined the Centre faculty in 1979.
EXPERT: Computer assisted drafting (CAD) in theatre design — Technical needs of performing arts centers
Regularly teaches classes in technical aspects of theater, including set and stage design, lighting, and sound. Introduces students to emerging techniques for utilizing computers and other technology as tools in the dramatic arts. Computer assisted design (CAD) for theater.
Leonard Demoranville joined the Centre faculty in 2012 as visiting assistant professor of chemistry.
Before coming to Centre, Demoranville spent time as a National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His research there focused on the trace detection of illicit drugs using ion mobility and mass spectrometry. During his graduate work, he participated in the University of Maryland University Teaching and Learning Program, which trains future faculty members in the scholarship of teaching and learning. This led to his selection as a Lilly Graduate Teaching Fellow.
Demoranville received a B.S. from Eastern Nazarene College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland-College Park.
Email Leonard Demoranville at email@example.com.
File last updated: 5/2/13
Stephanie Dew is a professor of biology at Centre College, where she has taught since 1994. Dew was named a Centre Scholar in 2009, and has served as chair of the biochemistry & molecular biology program. Her teaching assignments are concentrated in biochemistry and molecular biology, including courses in biomolecular architecture and biochemical pathways.
Dew has pursued research since her own undergraduate days at Centre, focusing on the proteins and enzymes required for the transport and metabolism of vitamin A, especially in freshwater fish. In 1997, she received a grant from the Teagle Foundation for research at King’s College of the University of London. Dew worked with a team investigating the role of vitamin A in development.
At Centre, Dew seeks to involve her students in research. In her first four years at the college, she has directed seven independent study-research projects, including two students chosen for Centre’s prestigious John C. Young Scholars program. Brad Eilerman, a Centre student who collaborated with Dew on a summer research, won first place in the undergraduate division of the Kentucky Academic of Science for his presentation of the research.
An innovative teacher, Dew has been at the forefront of efforts to obtain and appropriately use technology in Centre’s science classes.
She earned a B.A. at Centre, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and completed a Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University, where she was a University Graduate Fellow.
File last updated: 5/2/13
EXPERT: Undergraduate instruction in biochemistry and biomolecular biology — Web as a tool in undergraduate science — Research on vitamin A metabolism
Long-term research on the proteins and enzymes required for the transport and metabolism of vitamin A, especially in freshwater fish. Role of vitamin A in development. Collaborative research with students — two John C. Young Scholars in four years.
Vincent DiMartino retired in 2012 as Matton Professor of Music Emeritus at Centre College. One of America’s leading trumpet performers and teachers, DiMartino originally joined the college in 1993 as Centre’s first distinguished artist-in-residence. He was named to the Matton Professorship in 1996.
Throughout his teaching career, Professor DiMartino has been a member of the artist faculty of many international seminars and courses. These include The Empire Brass Quintet-Tanglewood summer program, The Spanish Brass Festival in Alzira-Spain, The Kalavrita Brass Course in Greece, as well as seminars in England, Ukraine, Thailand, Germany and Canada.
He is 2004 CASE Professor of The Year for the state of Kentucky. This award is given nationally each year to one person in each state in The United States. He is also the recipient of The Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008-2009 for the State of Kentucky.
DiMartino has performed worldwide as a soloist and with artists such as Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, Pearl Bailey, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dave Brubeck. Widely admired for classical and jazz playing, he has also in recent years begun to specialize in virtuoso cornet solos.
DiMartino, along with George Foreman, founded the New Columbian Brass Band. DiMartino also is a soloist with the New Sousa Band and is a featured soloist with the Advocate Brass Band. DiMartino is a popular performer at the Great American Brass Band Festival, which annually draws 40,000 people to Danville for outstanding brass music.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music (B.M. and M.M. degrees), DiMartino was the Alumni Distinguished Professor of Trumpet at the University of Kentucky for some twenty years. He has performed as a soloist with many symphony orchestras, including those in Cincinnati, Buffalo, Santa Fe, Orlando, and Rochester. He is prominently featured in many recordings of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
To read a 20 Questions profile of DiMartino, click here. To read about his Governor’s Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award, click here.
To read “A Conversation with Vincent DiMartino” published upon his retirement in the summer 2012 issue of Centrepiece, click here.
File last updated: 5/2/13
Michael Dixon joined Centre’s faculty in 2015 as visiting assistant professor of Japanese.
His research interests include educational technology, in particular using computers to type in character-based languages like Japanese and Chinese. His research seeks to answer questions such as: Do students who are studying Japanese produce more readable text when they write with a computer instead of by hand?
He earned a B.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University.
File last updated 9/11/15
Jason Doroga came to Centre in 2013 as assistant professor of Spanish.
His scholarly interests include historical syntax and morphology, semantics and pragmatics, and Spanish/Portuguese contact and language acquisition.
Doroga received a B.A. in Spanish language and literature from the University of Dallas, an M.A. in Spanish language and literature from the University of Texas-Arlington, and a Ph.D. in Hispano-romance philology/linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
File last updated: 08/19/15
Stephen Dove joined the Centre faculty in 2012 as assistant professor of history. He received the Kirk Teaching Excellence award in 2016.
Dove teaches Latin American history at Centre, including classes on colonial and modern Latin America. His research focuses on Protestantism in Latin America, and is currently revising his doctoral dissertation for publication. This manuscript analyzes the ways that local converts adapted Protestantism in late 19th- and early 20th-century Guatemala.
Dove received a B.A. in journalism from Baylor University, an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin.
File last updated: 8/30/16
Jonathon Earle joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as visiting assistant professor of history. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in religion and theology, respectively, he completed his doctoral studies in history at the University of Cambridge. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2016.
At Cambridge, he facilitated tutorials, lectures, and seminars at the undergraduate and graduate level, teaching on the history of modern Africa and historical methodology. He currently teaches an introductory part of the Development of the Modern World and an upper-level seminar on historical argument and practice. Earle further offers upper-level courses on African history, mentors students in independent research on African history, and leads a study abroad course in Uganda and Rwanda.
In broad terms, Earle’s current research focuses on global intellectual history and the history of political thought in colonial Uganda. He uses private and institutional archives to explore how local activists rework local histories through colonial literacy. His recent work has been published in the Journal of Eastern African Studies. His book, Political Thought and Historical Imagination in Colonial Buganda, is forthcoming (2016). Earle has also worked closely with the development of Uganda’s archival landscapes; and is beginning a new project on the history and practice of terrorism and security in Africa.
File last updated: 2/14/16
Sara Egge joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as an assistant professor of history. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2015, a two-year appointment recognizing teaching excellence, scholarship, and contributions to the Centre community.
Egge’s research interests include gender, ethnicity, and rurality in the American Midwest, historical constructions of political representation and citizenship, and historical intersections of agriculture, food production, hunting, and the environment.
At Centre, Egge teaches courses in late 19th- and early 20th-century American history, gender and women’s history, food history, and environmental history.
Egge has a B.A. in history and Spanish, and a B.S. in history education from North Dakota State University. She received her M.A. in history and Ph.D. in agricultural history and rural studies from Iowa State University, where she studied the woman suffrage movement in the Midwest.
File last updated: 06/05/15
Neil Eklund is professor emeritus of mathematics at Centre College, where he taught since 1974.
Eklund’s teaching load has included courses on statistics, analytic geometry, calculus, differential equations, and numerical analysis. He has published papers including “Generalized Parabolic Functions using the Perron-Wiener-Brelot Method.” Eklund has presented talks on how calculators calculate. He recently published a paper titled “t-Probabilities as Finite Sums” in The College Mathematics Journal.
In addition to mathematics, Eklund is interested in the environment and wildlife. He is an avid birdwatcher and, along with his wife Virginia, often has organized the annual Audubon Christmas bird count for the Danville area.
Eklund received his B.S. from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1963, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota. He taught at the University of Minnesota and Vanderbilt University before coming to Centre.
File last updated: 5/2/13
Helen Emmitt joined Centre College in August of 2002 as an associate professor and now serves as J. Rice Cowan Professor of English. She has been a Centre Scholar, an NEH Professor, and a recipient of the Kirk Award for excellence in Teaching.
Her scholarly work focuses on modern and contemporary poetry. Recent articles include “Rhyming Hope and History: Medbh McGuckian’s Recent Poetry,” “Forgotten Memories and Unheard Rhythms: H.D.’s Poetics as a Response to Male Modernism” and “’The One Free Foot Kicking under the White Sheet of His-tory’: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s Uncanny Landscapes.” She is working on a book on contemporary Irish poetry.
Emmitt earned a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and did her undergraduate work at Bryn Mawr College.