Centre announces tenure and promotion
April 19, 2012 By Laura Coleman Pritchard
Centre College approved awards of tenure and promotion during the Spring 2012 meeting of the Board of Trustees.
The College awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor to Nathan Link, assistant professor of music; Sarah Murray, assistant professor of education; Jason Neiser, assistant professor of physics; and Ian Wilson, assistant professor of German and humanities.
The following faculty members were promoted to the rank of full professor: Stephen E. Asmus, associate professor of biology and biochemistry & molecular biology; Steven M. Beaudoin, associate professor of history; and Donna Plummer, associate professor of education.
Link joined Centre’s faculty in 2006 as assistant professor of music. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2009, received a Stodghill Fellowship for the 2009-10 year and is serving as a Mellon Global Fellow from 2010-12, through which he is contributing to the development of an African and African-American studies minor. He specializes in 18th century music and aesthetics, the theory of opera, African music and country and popular music. His publications have appeared in Oxford University Press’s Opera Quarterly, the Journal of the American Library Association, the Göttinger Händel Beiträge and Opera Today, and he is currently working on two books, one on Handel's operas and another on country music. He currently teaches courses in music history, humanities and Kentucky music and leads Centre’s popular Kentucky Music Ensemble.
Murray joined the College faculty in 2006. Prior to teaching at Centre, Murray worked for the Committee for Mathematics Achievement and taught at the secondary and college levels. Her research interests include peer mentoring, global education, community-based learning and teaching abroad. In 2009, the College recognized Murray for her book, “Effects of Peer Coaching on Collaborative Interactions and Student Achievement.” At Centre, she has taught courses like Leadership: An Act of Service, which included a community service component, and Costa Rica: Language Immersion and Rural Education, during which education and Spanish students travel to Costa Rica to teach basic math and English in a Costa Rican Elementary School.
Neiser joined the College faculty in 2006 as an assistant professor of physics and received a Kirk Teaching Award in 2011. He was also a participant in the Project Kaleidoscope Summer Leadership Institute in 2011. His research interests include the design and construction of fiber lasers that are capable of producing pulses with a duration of femtoseconds. While teaching at Centre, Neiser has participated in collaborative research with students, including a two-month project at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics. Neiser is also the co-chair of the 2012 Research, Internships and Creative Endeavors (RICE) Symposium.
Wilson joined Centre’s faculty in 2003 as a visiting instructor of German and humanities, received the Kirk Award for excellence in teaching in 2005 and was named a Centre Scholar in 2009. Wilson is a Mellon Global Fellow from 2010-12, through which he is contributing to the development of an African and African-American studies minor. His scholarly interests include critical theory, cultural representations of the extreme, G.E. Lessing and intersections between literature and other arts, especially photography and film. This past CentreTerm, Wilson led a group of 15 students through Vienna, Budapest and Prague for his course, Introduction to the Cultural History of Central Europe.
Asmus has taught in Centre’s biology and biochemistry/molecular biology programs since 1996, held the Elizabeth Molloy Dowling Associate Professorship from 2003–2011, was named a Centre Scholar in 2011 and received a Kirk Teaching Award in 2001. His expertise is in the field of molecular neurobiology, for which he has received several grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and he encourages Centre students to collaborate with him on his research. Recently, Asmus and eight Centre students were published in the journal Brain Research.
Beaudoin joined the College faculty in 1997 as a visiting assistant professor of history. He held the Paul L. Cantrell Associate Professorship in Humanities from 2008–2011 and was named a Centre Scholar in 2007. His scholarly interests combine history and French, and he has taught courses on early modern and 19th-century European history, as well as world and Chinese civilization. He has published two books: “Poverty in World History,” part of the Themes in World History series, and “The Industrial Revolution,” part of the Problems in European Civilization series. In addition, he has led students on international trips, including semester-long trips to Strasbourg, France and CentreTerm trips to China.
Plummer joined Centre’s faculty in 1996 and has served the College for many years as chair of the education program. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2006 and was awarded a Kirk Teaching Award in 1998. Her most recent publication was “Linking Science and Literacy,” in 2011. Plummer teaches courses in educational psychology, science methods and natural science. She also serves as faculty advisor for Learning is Fun Together (LIFT), an evening enrichment program for local fourth- and fifth-grade students facilitated by Centre’s education majors.
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