Centre College Faculty
C. Thomas McCollough• Nelson D. and Mary McDowell Rodes Professor of Religion
Office: Crounse Hall—403
Thomas McCollough is a professor of religion and history at Centre College, where he has taught since 1980. He has held the Rodes Professorship since 2002. In 2009, he received the Kirk Teaching Award. He has particular expertise in the history of Christianity and Christian thought, biblical history and archaeology, and the contemporary Middle East.
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.
To read about McCollough’s recent trip with Centre students to Istanbul, click here.
To read about McCollough’s recent trip with Centre students to Israel, click here.
Tom McCollough named 2012 Kentucky Professor of the Year click here.
File last updated: 5/2/13