New faculty members join Centre for 2015-16 academic year

Posted by Centre News in Anthro/Soc, Art History, Behavioral Neuroscience, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Economics, English, History, International Studies, Japanese, Math, Music, News, Religion, Spanish 24 Sep 2015

crounse_fallThe outstanding faculty at Centre College is at the root of the College’s consistent ranking among the national leaders in undergraduate education. Centre is proud to welcome 16 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 Centre are professors of sociology, art history, behavioral neuroscience, biology, chemistry, Chinese, economics, English, history, international studies, Japanese, math, music, religion, and Spanish.

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean Stephanie Fabritius commends the wide variety of skills and perspectives the new faculty brings to the College.

“We are pleased to welcome this group of exciting new faculty to our community,” Fabritius says. “They represent a wide range of academic backgrounds and life experiences.  Our students will benefit from their diverse teaching and varied academic interests.  I look forward to getting to know them all better, and I am eager to see their positive impact on campus.”

Division I: Humanities

Laura E. Chinchilla poses for a portrait on September 1, 2015
Laura Chinchilla, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Chinchilla received a B.A. in French and Francophone studies from Louisiana State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative and world literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 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.

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Michael Dixon, Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese

Dixon earned a B.A. and Ph.D. at Indiana University. 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?”

Amy Frederick poses for a headshot on August 11, 2015.
Amy Frederick, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History

Frederick received a B.A. in English and art history from Duke University, an M.A. in art history and museum studies and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Her major area of interest is seventeenth-century Dutch art.

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Azita Osanloo, Assistant Professor of English

Osanloo earned a B.A. in creative writing and Russian at Oberlin College, an M.F.A. in creative writing at the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at Florida State University. Her special interests include the noir and pulp fiction genre, as well as translation and adaptation studies.

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Johann Van Niekerk, Assistant Professor of Music

Van Niekerk received a B.A. in music in piano from the University of Pretoria, a postgraduate licentiate in piano performance at the University of South Africa, an M.A. in music conducting from Temple University, and a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Washington. He is an active conductor, pianist, educator, writer and collaborative artist originally from South Africa.

Chin Ting, Alliance for Language Learning and Educational Exchange (ALLEX) Chinese Teaching Associate

Ting earned both an undergraduate degree in applied Chinese language and culture and an M.A. at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei City, Taiwan.  She also received a teaching certificate in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from the Taiwan Ministry of Education. For two consecutive summers, Ting was selected to be a teaching assistant in the Startalk Program, teaching in San Francisco in 2010 and Los Angeles in 2011.  Since 2010, she has also been working part-time as a teaching assistant in Chinese Language and Culture at the Taipei European School in Taiwan.

Division II: Social Studies

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Maria Apostolova-Mihaylova, Assistant Professor of Economics

Apostolova-Mihaylova received a B.S. and M.S. in international economics from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria; an M.S. in management from the Université Pierre Mendès France in Grenoble, France; an MBA in finance from Montclair State University; and an M.S. and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Kentucky.  Her research interests include macroeconomics, economic education, health economics and public economics.

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Nicolás Eilbaum, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology

Eilbaum earned undergraduate degrees in economics and sociology at the University of Buenos Aires, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology at Cornell University. His research interests include international migration, sociology of education, race and ethnicity, economic sociology and social inequality.

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Jacob Kamm, Professor of Practice of Economics

Kamm received a B.A. in history from Davidson College, a master of accountancy from Cleveland State University, and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His professional experience includes principal, Oberalpen Capital; president and CEO at EFCO, Inc.; and associate at McDonald & Company Securities. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Cleveland State University and Baldwin Wallace University.

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Betsy Montgomery-Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies

Montgomery-Smith earned a B.S. in international affairs and Spanish at Florida State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science at Georgia State University. Her research interests include Latin American politics, international organizations, comparative democratization, international actors in democratic consolidation and civil-military relations.

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Shayna Sheinfeld, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion

Sheinfeld earned a B.A. in religious studies at DePaul University, an M.T.S. in scripture and interpretation of Judaic studies at Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in early Judaism at McGill University. She is a scholar of 2nd Temple Judaism, early Christianity and Judaism.

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Tara Strauch, Assistant Professor of History

Strauch received a B.A. in history and classical languages from The College of Wooster, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in American history from the University of South Carolina. Her fields of interest include America to 1877, the American Revolution, religious culture, political culture, identity and the Atlantic world.

Division III: Science and Mathematics

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Amanda Falk, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Falk earned a B.S. in biology at Lake Superior State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in geology at the University of Kansas. She has expertise in paleobiology, evolutionary biology, and systematics (taxonomy), and she has spent considerable time researching ancient bird fossils in Asia.

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Mark Galatowitsch, Assistant Professor of Biology

Galatowitsch received a B.S. in biology from Allegheny College, an M.S. in entomology from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Canterbury. His research focuses on the strategies aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates use to exploit dynamic environments.

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Karin Gill, Visiting Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience

Gill received a B.S. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology, behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology from the University of Kentucky. Her research interests include the investigation of sex hormones and their role in drug abuse and dependence, particularly how sex hormones affect brain mechanisms when exposed to psychostimulants in female Japanese quail.

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Brianna Hughes, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Hughes received a B.S. in chemistry from Georgia Southern University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Tennessee. Her research interests have focused on the materials aspect of inorganic chemistry, in particular the synthesis of breathable metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), including the organic synthesis of the ligands (or building blocks) followed by synthesis of  MOFs through a combinatorial approach.  Further interests also include pedagogical research, developing methods to engage students outside of science related fields.

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Charles Suer, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Suer earned a B.S. in mathematics at the University of Dayton, and an M.A. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in applied and industrial mathematics at the University of Louisville. His research interests include graph theory and combinatorics.

by Cindy Long
September 23, 2015