Faculty Listing


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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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600 West Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422



John Wilson

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H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Mathematics Mathematics Address Olin Hall—111 Phone: 859.238.5409

John Wilson is professor of mathematics at Centre College, where he has taught since 1985. He has held a Stodghill Professorship in Science since its inception in 2004. He currently serves as chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics.

Wilson’s research interests is focused toward using mathematics to develop more efficient and reliable methods of transmitting and storing information. He has encouraged Centre students to collaborate in this research.

Wilson holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of the South, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He completed M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina.

To view a video about Dr. Wilson’s course that connects mathematics with blown glass ornaments, click here.

Email: john.wilson@centre.edu

File last updated: 8/8/13

Marshall Wilt

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Professor Emeritus of Physics Emeritus Faculty Phone: 859.238.5392

Marshall Wilt retired in 2005 as a professor of physics at Centre College, where he taught since 1967 and is a past Centre Scholar. He has directed a summer science program at the college for gifted high school students and a physics institute for high school teachers. Wilt also has chaired the sciences division at the College.

A rigorous scientist and dedicated teacher, Wilt was honored in 1990 as Kentucky’s most outstanding science teacher at the college and university level. That award reflects the depth and quality of his work. Wilt routinely involves his students in collaborative research and has had at least one student pursue research with him in each of the last five summers. He has challenged those students by having them build some of the sensitive and crucial equipment needed for studies in laser spectroscopy. Working alongside Wilt, the students have built a laser and an electronic board to control it, as well as parts of an optical bench and other equipment. The lab has a computer interface with a digitizing oscilloscope. Presently, Wilt is attempting to use the technique of optical pumping to measure quantum electrodynamical effects.

Wilt has published twenty papers in internationally recognized refereed journals, often with Centre undergraduates as co-authors. Among the journals that have published his research are Journal of Inorganic Nuclear Chemistry, Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, American Journal of Physics, and The Physics Teacher.

Wilt earned a B.A. from Centre summa cum laude and completed a Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University.

Email: marshall.wilt@centre.edu

File last updated: 5/2/13

Steve Winrich

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Professor of Economics, Emeritus Economics Phone: 859.238.5317

Steve Winrich retired as professor of economics at Centre College in 2017, where he had taught since 1981.

Winrich’s teaching and research interests include economic theory, history of economic thought, political economy, methodology, environmental, and labor. He also has an interest and strong skills in the use of technology for college-level teaching, research, and business. He is a developer and consultant for statistical, spreadsheet, and database management software.

Winrich holds a B.A. from the University of Louisville; he completed his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky.

Email: steve.winrich@centre.edu

File last updated: 10/9/13

Christian Wood

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Visiting Assistant Professor of French Centre College Address Grant Hall—316 Phone: 859.238.5251

Christian Wood joined the Centre College faculty in 2016 as visiting assistant professor of French.

His research interests include 20th and 21st-century: Continental Philosophy, Francophone and French Literature, and Love as an intellectual discourse, focusing upon French Existentialist thinkers and Algerian novelists.

Wood earned a B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, and master’s degrees and Ph.D.s in French studies and philosophy from the University of New Mexico.

Email: christian.wood@centre.edu

File last updated: 9/8/2016

Jessica A. Wooten

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Associate Professor of Biology • Pre-Veterinary Advisor Biology Address Young—225 Phone: 859.238.5322

Jessica Wooten joined Centre in 2014, and is associate professor of biology.

Her research interests include conservation, molecular evolution, phylogeography, and population genetics of vertebrates.

She received a B.S. and M.S. in biological science from Marshall University, and a Ph.D. from The University of Alabama.

Email: jessica.wooten@centre.edu

File last updated: 9/7/16

Joe Workman

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Professor of Chemistry • Chief Health Professions Advisor • Medical School Advisor Chemistry Address Young Hall—117 Phone: 859.238.5415 Website: web.centre.edu/workmanj/

Joe Workman is professor of chemistry, having taught at Centre since 1993. He currently is pursuing research in igneous petrology and geochemistry. He has projects in two areas: single crystal laser fluorination analysis of volcanic rocks for oxygen isotopes from Iceland and Cascades volcanoes to investigate magma origin and the investigation of mass-independent isotope effects of oxygen and sulfur isotopes in volcanic sulfate as a tool to understand the destiny of volcanic plumes and their interaction with the upper atmosphere.

Workman is committed to involving students in research and has collaborated with students in research teams in many summers since coming to Centre. In the 2001-02 academic year, Workman was a visiting research professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he did work in organometallic chemistry. In 2007-08, Workman was a visiting professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia doing research in green chemistry.

In January 2004 he led a group of 34 Centre students to New Zealand to study the physical science of volcanoes. He has subsequently led students in New Zealand studying volcanoes in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and will again in 2014.

Workman also serves as academic advisor to students interested in pre-medical studies, and he has assisted students with MCAT study sessions and field trips to major medical schools. Workman is an energetic teacher and played a leadership role in Centre’s successful efforts to secure a high field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, which is accessible to students for study and research.

Workman holds a B.S. from Santa Clara University, and he earned a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

Email: joe.workman@centre.edu

File last updated: 10/17/13


EXPERT: Inorganic chemistry — Liquid crystals — Advisement for pre-medical students

Inorganic chemist with expertise on liquid crystals. Currently investigating a relatively new form of liquid crystal that contains metal ions. Has collaborated with students in research teams each summer since coming to Centre; his former students have won awards including Fulbright Scholarships. Academic advisor to students interested in pre-medical studies. Helped Centre secure a high field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer.


Kensuke Yamada

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Centre College Address JVAC—105 Phone: 859.238.5754

Kensuke Yamada joined the Centre College faculty in 2016 as visiting assistant professor of art.

His ceramics figurative work embodies enchantment and is inspired by universal experiences. He uses gestures, textures and patterns to relate simple, yet meaningful body language and facial expressions, all the while creating a rhythm that literally brings his figures to life. He spent the month of May 2016 as Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art’s latest Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence, creating the playful sculptures for his exhibition, Diving Through Clouds. This film documents the entire process of Kensuke’s residency from creation of the work to the final installation of the exhibition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSSnl2tkuHw.

Yamada earned a B.A. in studio art from The Evergreen State College, and an M.F.A. in studio art from The University of Montana.

Email: kensuke.yamada@centre.edu

File last updated: 8/8/2016

Karin Young

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Assistant Professor of Chemistry Chemistry Address Young Hall—115B Phone: 859.238.5323

Karin (Kari) Young joined the faculty at Centre College in 2013 as an assistant professor of chemistry. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2016.
Young teaches courses in general chemistry and inorganic chemistry. She is particularly interested in developing meaningful laboratory exercises for students in inorganic chemistry. Young also teaches courses in alternative energy technology, which are inspired by her graduate work on artificial photosynthesis for solar energy applications. In CentreTerm 2015, Young teamed up with Professor Ellen Swanson to teach students about wind, solar, and hydroelectric power. The course included a visit to the Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station, which generates the Renewable Energy Credits purchased by the student green fund.
She also has a special interest in how nature uses iron and manganese centers to catalyze important oxidation reactions. At Centre, Young and her students are studying a family of iron, manganese, and cobalt complexes as catalysts for the oxidation of lignin model compounds. Lignin is a complex biopolymer found in wood and is commonly seen as the “brown” in brown paper bags that is bleached (chemically degraded) to make white paper. Because lignin has an irregular structure and is difficult to oxidize, harsh chemical methods are used in the paper industry. However, the enzymes lignin peroxidase and manganese peroxidase, which are produced by the white-rot fungus and are known to degrade lignin in wood, use iron or manganese and benign oxidizing agents to complete the lignin oxidation reactions. Our goal is use this inspiration from nature to study new, synthetic catalysts that might make the paper bleaching process greener by using less energy and producing fewer waste products.
Originally from Texas, Young graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tulsa with a B.A. in chemistry and English, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She subsequently earned an M.S. in chemistry and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Yale University, advised by Gary W. Brudvig.

Email: karin.young@centre.edu

File last updated: 8/30/16

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