Campus Spring 2014

New faculty join Centre College for 2016-17

Posted by Centre News in Academics, Chemistry, Chinese, Computer Science, Economics, French, German Studies, Math, News, Philosophy, Psychology, Spanish, Studio Art 16 Sep 2016

Campus Spring 2014Centre College’s top-notch faculty are committed to teaching students how to think critically, how to evaluate and create, and how to see things from multiple perspectives. Because of these principles, our students graduate broadly-educated and well-rounded, prepared for lives of learning, leadership and service. Centre is proud to welcome 13 new full-time faculty members and one teaching associate, from across all three academic divisions, who will add to the College’s rigorous and deeply engaging educational experience. Joining the College are professors of computer science, philosophy, chemistry, mathematics, international studies, psychology, economics, art, French, German and Spanish.

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean Stephanie Fabritius commends the wide variety of skills and perspectives the new faculty members bring to Centre.

“The fact that we continue to attract such a talented group of teacher-scholars is testament to the strength of the College’s reputation. I am confident we will hear stories of transformative experiences in our classrooms, labs and studios fostered by their work, typical of the personal education for which Centre is known.”

Division I: Humanities

Vanessa Bentley Headshot 2016


Vanessa Bentley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Bentley received a B.A. in psychobiology and philosophy from Hiram College, in addition to master’s degrees in philosophy and women’s gender and sexuality studies from the University of Cincinnati, where she also earned a Ph.D. in philosophy. Her research includes building a feminist philosophy of cognitive neuroscience.

Satty Echeverria poses for a headshot on August 25, 2016.


Satty Flaherty-Echeverria, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Flaherty-Echeverria earned a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her research interests include Spanish, English and Portuguese literature and culture.

Alice Lien

Alice Lien, Alliance for Language Learning and Educational Exchange (ALLEX) Chinese Teaching Associate

Lien earned a B.A. in English at National Chengchi University and an M.A. in second language acquisition at the University of Maryland. A native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, she has several years experience teaching, tutoring and counseling students.

Chantell Limerick


Chantell Limerick, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish

Limerick received a B.S. in secondary education language arts and secondary education Spanish from The University of Alabama, an M.A. in Hispanic studies from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in romance languages from the University of Georgia. Her research interests include Contemporary Latin American Narrative, Afro-Hispanic Studies and African Diaspora Studies.  Her most recent presentations and publications investigate African diasporic writers from as early as the 16th century to contemporary times.  Her dissertation project, titled “(Re)writing the Nation in the American African Diaspora,” compares and contrasts works of historical fiction written by women of color in the U.S. and Latin America.

Christina Svendsen


Christina Svendsen, Visiting Assistant Professor of French and German

Svendsen earned an A.B. in literature and an A.M. and Ph.D. in comparative literature at Harvard University, as well as an M.F.A. in fiction at the University of Virginia. Her research and teaching interests include comparative modernisms, the writings of Walter Benjamin and the intersection of literary, architectural and critical theory.


Christian Wood, Visiting Assistant Professor of French

Wood received 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. His research interests include 20th and 21st-century continental philosophy, Francophone and French literature, and he loves an intellectual discourse focusing on French existentialist thinkers and Algerian novelists.

Kensuke Yamada


Kensuke Yamada, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art

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

Division II: Social Studies



Jennapher Lunde Seefeldt, Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics & International Studies

Lunde Seefeldt received a B.A. in government/international affairs from Augustana College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Northeastern University. She researches the factors that influence levels of democracy or hybridity within countries. Her particular interest is freedom of expression rights and the representation of marginalized populations, and how these freedoms vary with changing levels of democracy. She also studies numerous economic structures (especially state control over natural resources) and how these influence politics. While her region of focus has been Latin America, she plans to continue studying her favorite topics in other regions of the world.

Brian Rogers

Brian Rogers, Instructor of Economics

Rogers earned a B.S. and an M.S. in accounting at the University of Kentucky. In addition to owning two businesses, his professional experience includes over 15 years in small business and international franchise development. He has worked both in the United States and internationally, developing best practices for small and medium businesses in developing countries. His research interests include fundamental analysis, balance sheet issues and international financial reporting.

Division III: Science and Mathematics


Thomas Allen, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Allen received a B.S. in information and computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Kentucky. He also holds a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His research interests include computational preferences, assistive technologies and smart environments, ethics in artificial intelligence, machine learning, decision support systems, social networks and constraint satisfaction programs.

Kedan He


Kedan He, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

He earned a B.A. in polymer materials and engineering at Hainan University, an M.S. in materials science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and a Ph.D. in computational chemistry from the University of Georgia. Her areas of scholarly interest include inter- and intramolecular forces on conformational search of amino acids, quantum mechanical tunneling and dispersion force analysis.

Michael T. Lamar


Michael Lamar, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Lamar received a B.S. in physics, a B.A. in mathematics and economics, and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Washington University; an M.S. in applied and computational mathematics from Johns Hopkins University; and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Brown University. His teaching experience includes probability theory, mathematical statistics, differential equations, Stochastic models and scientific programming.

Amy Ort


Amy Ort, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

Ort earned a B.S. in psychology and philosophy at the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Nebraska. Her scholarly research includes whether animals are capable of higher-order cognitive processes such as episodic memory and theory of mind.

Erin Wachter Headshot 2016


Erin Wachter, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Wachter received a B.S. in chemistry from Saint Vincent College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Kentucky. Her recent research focuses on the design synthesis of ruthenium (II) polypyridyl complexes that are activated by visible light and understanding their photochemical process.

by Cindy Long
September 16, 2016