Centre College announces 2014 tenure and promotions

Posted by Centre News in Academics, News 21 Apr 2014

crounseThe Centre College Board of Trustees met on campus April 10-11, 2014, for its annual spring meeting, during which tenure and promotions were approved.

The following faculty members were awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor:

Dr. Andrea Abrams
Andrea Abrams
Abrams came to Centre in 2007 as Centre’s first Consortium for Faculty Diversity at Liberal Arts Colleges Postdoctoral Fellow, and became assistant professor of anthropology in 2009. Before coming to Centre, Abrams taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, Emory University, Agnes Scott College and Spelman College. Her research focuses on racial and gender issues in the South. She currently serves as chair of Centre’s gender studies and African American studies programs. In 2014, Abrams’ book, God and Blackness: Race, Gender and Identity in a Middle Class Afrocentric Church, was published by New York University Press. Abrams has a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Agnes Scott College, and she earned an M.A. in anthropology, a graduate certificate in women’s studies and a Ph.D. in anthropology at Emory University.

Dr. Marie Petkus
Marie Petkus
Petkus joined Centre’s faculty in 2008 as assistant professor of economics. In 2011, she was named a Centre Scholar, an honor that recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarly work and contributions to the College community. She currently serves as chair of Centre’s global commerce program. Before coming to Centre, Petkus was a lecturer at the University of Chicago’s department of economics and business school. Her research focuses on industrial organization, environmental economics and economics education. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in economics and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Lesley Wiglesworth
Lesley Wiglesworth
Wiglesworth joined Centre’s faculty in 2008 as assistant professor of mathematics. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2012. Her research interests are in discrete mathematics and more specifically combinatorics and graph theory. Wiglesworth has conducted research on the game acquisition number of graphs with Ruohan Liu ’12 and YaYa Zhou ’13. She graduated from Transylvania University with a B.A. in mathematics and earned her M.A. in mathematics and Ph.D. in applied and industrial mathematics at the University of Louisville.

The following faculty members were promoted to full professor:

Dr. Larry Bitensky
Bitensky began teaching music at Centre in 1998, specializing in composition, music theory, musicianship and world music. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2012. A critically acclaimed composer and pianist, Bitensky first came to national and international attention with a series of works inspired by Jewish musical tradition and culture, including the award-winning Mishb’rey Yam, a song cycle based on the Hebrew texts of the great medieval poet Yehudah Halevi. Bitensky’s works have been recognized by numerous foundations and institutions, including the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Omaha Symphony, the New England Philharmonic, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Columbia Orchestra, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Music Teachers National Association, among many others. Bitensky’s music has been performed by numerous ensembles and at various festivals around North America, Europe and Asia. Most recently, the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band commissioned his work Fearsome Critters for wind ensemble.

Bitensky received his B.M. degree in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, his M.M. in composition from Ithaca College, and his D.M.A. from Cornell University.

Prof. Matthew Hallock
Hallock joined Centre’s faculty in 1997 as assistant professor of dramatic arts. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2013 and currently serves as chair of Centre’s dramatic arts program. He is actively involved in the College’s three major productions each year, at times serving as scenic, costume and lighting designer, as well as teaching portions of the dramatic arts curriculum.

Hallock has extensive experience in theater design, working professionally in the field in Milwaukee, Chicago and Kansas City, among other cities. Locally, his designs have been seen at the Actors Guild of Lexington (for which he has received three audience appreciation awards), Lexington Children’s Theatre and the Lexington Shakespeare Festival. Hallock holds a B.S. in theater arts from the State University of New York at New Paltz and received his M.F.A. in scenic design and technology from Western Illinois University.

Dr. Mary Daniels
Daniels began teaching Spanish at Centre in 1996. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2008 and currently serves as chair of the European studies program. Daniels received the McCrary Award as an outstanding graduate student at the University of Kentucky and in 2004 received a grant from the 3M Foundation that she used to start a community center for Hispanics in Central Kentucky of which she served several years as co-director. In 1998 Daniels served as the first resident teacher for Centre’s international program in Latin America, teaching and supervising a group of 15 Centre students in Quito, Ecuador. Daniels has served as a staff member for the Associated Colleges of the South Teaching and Learning Workshop since 2004. Her book, co-authored with Diane Persellin and titled Evidence-based College Teaching: A Concise Guide, is forthcoming in 2014 from Stylus Press.

Daniels’ teaching interests include U.S. Latino literature and border studies, as well as 17th-century Spanish literature. Daniels earned a B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, completed an M.A. at the University of Wisconsin and received a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1998.