Centre College announces 2018 tenure and promotions

The following faculty tenure and promotions were recently announced at Centre College:

Dr. Dina Badie

Awarded Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Dina Badie joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as assistant professor of government and international studies. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2015, a two-year appointment recognizing teaching excellence, scholarship and contributions to the Centre community.

Her research and teaching interests include international relations theory, security studies, Middle East and East Asian politics, foreign policy and oil politics. Her work has been published in Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Perspective and The Routledge Handbook of American Foreign Policy.

Badie received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Sara Egge

Awarded Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Sara Egge

Sara Egge joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as an assistant professor of history and, in 2015, was named a Centre Scholar.
Also in 2015, she won a grant from the Kentucky Oral History Commission to interview World War II veterans, in addition to receiving an Enduring Questions grant to explore the question “What is a citizen?” from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Her research interests include gender, ethnicity and rurality in the American Midwest, historical constructions of political representation and citizenship, and historical intersections of agriculture, food production, hunting and the environment. Her book, entitled Woman Suffrage and Citizenship in the Midwest, 1870-1920 (2018) and published by the University of Iowa Press, explores the woman suffrage movement in the Midwest. At Centre, Egge teaches courses in late 19th- and early 20th-century American history, gender and women’s history, food history and environmental history.

Egge has a B.A. in history and Spanish, and a B.S. in history education from North Dakota State University. She received her M.A. in history and Ph.D. in agricultural history and rural studies from Iowa State University.

Dr. Aaron Godlaski

Awarded Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Aaron Godlaski

Aaron Godlaski joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as an assistant professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience.

His research interests include the effects of mindfulness meditation on cognitive and physiological processes, and the effects of alcohol on human behavior. He is also interested in pedagogical innovations associated with meditation and other contemplative practices, and how such practices can enrich the lives of students.

Godlaski received his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Kentucky, where he studied alcohol and human behavior. Following the completion of his dissertation, he interned at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Hospital in Syracuse, New York, specializing in clinical health psychology and outpatient psychotherapy.

Dr. Kerry Paumi

Awarded Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Kerry Paumi

Kerry Paumi, an assistant professor of chemistry, was named a Centre Scholar in 2015.

Before coming to the College in 2009, Paumi taught at Stevenson University and the University of Kentucky (UK) and was a visiting scientist in the Graduate Center of Toxicology at UK’s School of Medicine. Her work has been published in Organometallics, the Journal of the American Chemical Society and Nature.

Paumi earned a B.S. in chemistry at Gettysburg College, and a Ph.D. at Wake Forest University. She continued her post doctoral training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in the biochemistry department and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the pharmacology department.

Dr. Ravi Radhakrishnan

Awarded Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Ravi Radhakrishnan

Ravi Radhakrishnan joined Centre in 2012 as an assistant professor of economics.

Prior to joining the College, he was a visiting assistant professor of economics at Washington and Lee University. His research interests lie in the area of economic growth and political economy. He teaches a variety of classes at Centre,  including macroeconomic analysis, money and banking, economic growth and international trade.

Radhakrishnan received his Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech, in addition to bachelor and master’s degrees in economics from Delhi University, India.

Dr. Brett Werner

Awarded Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Brett Werner

Brett Werner returned to Centre in 2013 as assistant professor of Environmental Studies after spending two years at the College as an Associated Colleges of the South/Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Environmental Studies (2009-2011). In 2017, he was named a Centre Scholar.

Werner teaches widely in Environmental Studies, and his topical courses include Thailand, Aquaculture, and the Environment; Rivers and Adaptive Ecosystem Management; and the Human Dimensions of Climate Change. Since 2014, Werner and his colleagues have received two grants from the Henry Luce Initiative for Asian Studies and the Environment totaling $450,000.

Werner’s research addresses a number of emerging environmental issues, including the effects of climate change on prairie wetlands, wetland and grassland restoration, floodplain forests, and most recently the interplay of science and policy on the topic of wetland conservation and agricultural drainage. His work has been funded by a number of federal agencies, and he has published in BioScience, Climatic Change and the Journal of the American Water Resources Association.

He received a B.A. from Saint Olaf College in mathematics and models of the environment, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in rhetoric and scientific & technical communications from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Michael K. Bradshaw

Awarded Tenure

Michael BradshawMichael Bradshaw joined Centre as associate professor of computer science in 2014. He earlier served as visiting assistant professor at the College (2005-2007), followed by an appointment as associate professor of computer science at Hanover College (2007-2014).

His research interests explore the intersection of gaming and education, in particular, how game elements which encourage engagement can be infused into traditional assignments. On campus, Bradshaw is an advocate for how computer science can fit within a liberal arts setting, and he explores an interdisciplinary setting with his students, such as data science, data visualization, 3D animation and modeling, and environmental simulation.

Bradshaw earned a B.A. in computer science and mathematics at Centre in 1999, in addition to a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dr. David M. Toth

Awarded Tenure

David Toth

David Toth, associate professor of computer science, joined Centre in 2014, having taught previously at the University of Mary Washington and Merrimack College as an assistant professor of computer science.

His research interests focus on performance comparisons of computer hardware for parallel computing, parallel computing education, and applications of parallel computing and supercomputing to science, including drug discovery.

Toth received a B.A. in mathematics from Connecticut College, as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Dr. Brian Cusato

Awarded Promotion to Full Professor

Brian Cusato

Brian Cusato joined Centre’s faculty in 2006 as assistant professor of psychology, and he became an associate professor and Centre Scholar in 2009. In 2016, Cusato was named associate dean of the College. For the 2018-19 academic year, he will serve as interim vice president of academic affairs and dean of the College.

Cusato’s research interests concern the behavioral mechanisms of learning in animals. He is most interested in adaptive specializations in learning, as well as the integration of biological, comparative and evolutionary approaches to the study of learned behavior. Cusato’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, and findings from his experiments have been published in numerous journals including Animal Learning and Behavior, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Behavioural Processes, The International Journal of Comparative Psychology, and Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.

Cusato received a B.A. in psychology from Muhlenberg College, a master’s degree from Bucknell University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Donna M. Plummer

Awarded Emerita Status

Donna PlummerDonna Plummer announces her retirement after more than two decades in the Centre classroom. Since joining the College faculty in 1996, she has taught such courses as Practicum & Introduction to Education, The Autism Puzzle, The Superhero: A Moral Model and Voices of Diversity in the Classroom. She has also served as chair of the education program.

Plummer was the longtime faculty advisor for the LIFT program (“Learning Is Fun Together”), in which Centre’s education majors prepared and facilitated an evening enrichment program for local fourth- and fifth-grade students. She has also served as the teacher educator for the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program committees of numerous first-year teacher interns in Boyle County and Danville elementary/middle schools. Her invited book chapter, “Line Graphing Skills and Attitudes of College Biology Nonmajors” was published in the international book, Fostering Scientific Habits of Mind: Pedagogical Knowledge and Best Practices in Science Education. Her work with a local elementary teacher and Centre student teacher, “Linking Science and Literacy” on the integration of science with children’s literature was published in Science Activities. Her five-year longitudinal study on elementary students, “Children’s Career Aspirations and STEM Occupations” was recently published in Eastern Education Journal.

Plummer holds a B.S. in biology from Texas Wesleyan University, an M.A. in biology and a life teaching certificate for biology, physical and life/earth science from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. in science education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

by Centre College News
May 17, 2018

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