Centre College announces 2019 tenure and promotions

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

Leonard Demoranville
Awarded Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Leonard Demoranville

Leonard Demoranville joined the Centre faculty in 2012 as visiting assistant professor of chemistry.

Before coming to Centre, Demoranville spent time as a National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His research there focused on the trace detection of illicit drugs using ion mobility and mass spectrometry. During his graduate work, he participated in the University of Maryland University Teaching and Learning Program, which trains future faculty members in the scholarship of teaching and learning. This led to his selection as a Lilly Graduate Teaching Fellow.

Demoranville received a B.S. from Eastern Nazarene College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland-College Park.

Jonathon Earle
Awarded Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Jonathon Earle is assistant professor of history and current chair of the African and African American Studies Program. He joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as visiting assistant professor of history. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in religion and theology, respectively, he completed his doctoral studies in history at the University of Cambridge. Here, he facilitated tutorials, lectures and seminars at the undergraduate and graduate level, teaching on the history of modern Africa and historical methodology.

At Centre, Earle has worked to develop a creative pedagogy, which often leads him to incorporate community-based learning into the heart of his courses. This includes offering regular studies abroad to eastern Africa (2014, 2015, 2019) and co-directing the Centre-in-London program in 2017. He has also worked with Centre students in Uganda and the United Kingdom.

Jonathon Earle

An aggressive research agenda remains an important focus for Earle at Centre. His first book—on religious thought and historical imagination in late colonial Uganda (Cambridge University Press, 2017)—was a finalist for the Bethwell A. Ogot Book Prize (2018), which is the highest award given by the African Studies Association in East African Studies. His second book (co-authored with the award-winning J.J. Carney) explores the political biography of Uganda’s first elected prime minister, Benedicto Kiwanuka, and the history of political intimidation. It will be published with James Currey (Oxford) in 2020. In the past three years, he has also published four peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters with the Journal of African HistoryHistory in Africa and Ohio University Press. His most recent chapter on African Intellectual History is published with Oxford University Press (2019).

Earle is the recipient of numerous awards. For outstanding teaching, scholarship and service, he was appointed a Centre Scholar in 2016 and 2019, and he was awarded a Stodghill Research Professorship in 2017. He was named the Delta Delta Delta Professor of the Year in 2016. Read more about Earle’s teaching and research here.

Ellen Goldey
Awarded Tenure

Ellen Goldey is vice president of academic affairs and dean of the College, where she continues her long-standing commitments to championing the liberal arts and sciences, collaborative and transparent leadership, and building a diverse and inclusive community.

Ellen Goldey Portrait

Ellen Goldey

From 2016–2019 she served as Dean of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University, and she spent the prior 20 years at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she served as biology department chair and held the William R. Kenan Jr. professorship. The recipient of college and national teaching awards, Goldey served as leadership fellow in two national undergraduate science education reform initiatives, Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) and Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities Leadership (SENCER) and as a member of the national cadre of Wabash Teagle Assessment Scholars.

With funding from NSF and private foundations, she has led projects to create interdisciplinary learning communities, reform undergraduate STEM education, make positive use of assessment evidence, and promote cultural pluralism. Prior to Wofford, Goldey was a developmental neurotoxicologist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree at the University of the South and her Masters of Science and Ph.D. degrees at Miami University.

John Harney
Awarded Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Portrait of John Harney

John Harney

John Harney came to Centre in 2013 as assistant professor of history.

His scholarly interests include identity formation and colonial and post-colonial relations in East Asia, the history of popular participation in sports in the modern era, Catholicism and Catholic communities in 20th-century China, representations of history in video games, and the wider uses and interpretations of history in popular culture.

Harney received a B.A. in history and English literature from University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, an M.A. in Chinese studies from the University of Sheffield in the U.K., and a Ph.D. in modern East Asian history from the University of Texas at Austin.

Danielle La Londe
Awarded Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Danielle La Londe

Danielle La Londe joined the Centre faculty in 2013 as an assistant professor of classical studies. She was awarded a Stodghill Research Professorship in 2017 and received the Kirk Award for excellence in teaching in 2019.

She teaches Latin language and literature, and a wide range of courses on ancient Greece and Rome, including Pompeii, the reception of Greek myth in film and the first-year humanities sequence. In 2017 and 2019, she took students to Italy for a CentreTerm course on ancient Rome. Her research focuses on political thought in Latin poetry of the late republic through the age of Nero. She is currently writing a commentary of Vergil’s pastoral poems, the Eclogues, for Dickinson College Commentaries, and an article on the influence of Vergil’s Georgics on the pastoral poetry of the Neronian poet, Calpurnius Siculus.

La Londe received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University.

Matthew Pierce
Awarded Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Matthew Pierce joined the Centre College faculty in 2011. Before coming to Centre, he spent extensive time in the Middle East and Central Asia, including living in Egypt, Yemen and Iran. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2016.

Portrait of Matthew Pierce

Matthew Pierce

Pierce specializes in medieval Islamic history and thought. His current research focuses on classical Arabic and Persian biographies, analyzing the production of cultural symbols related to gender, authority, and identity. His 2016 book, “Twelve Infallible Men: The Imams and the Making of Shi’ism (Harvard), won international recognition when selected for the Iran’s Book of the Year Award. He is presently writing a biography of the eighth century scholar, Ja’far al-Sadiq (under contract with Oneworld Publications). Pierce has also contributed to The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought(2012), as well as an edited volume onWomen, Leadership, and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority (Brill, 2012). His work has also appeared in the Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies.

In addition to his regularly-taught course, “Western Religious Traditions,” Pierce teaches a variety of upper-level courses on topics related to Islamic Studies. He serves on the gender studies program and frequently teaches courses abroad during winter term. In the spring of 2017 he served as co-director of the Centre-in-London program.

Pierce holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Boston University’s Division of Religious and Theological Studies. Prior to that, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Bryan College and received a Fulbright Fellowship (2002-2003) to research Qur’anic religious education in Sana’a, Yemen. From 2003 to 2006, he participated in an inter-faith dialogue program while studying in Qom, Iran.

Ellen Swanson
Awarded Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Portrait of Ellen Swanson

Ellen Swanson

Ellen Swanson joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 and was named a Centre Scholar in 2017. Before coming to Centre, Swanson was a Postdoctoral Associate at Carnegie Mellon University.

Swanson enjoys working with students to see the applicability of mathematics. She has worked with students on projects ranging from mathematically modeling Alzheimer’s Disease to better understanding the development of aneurysms. Her goal is to offer students opportunities to see connections between math and other disciplines. She co-directed the Centre-in-London program in 2019.

Swanson graduated summa cum laude from Wittenberg University with a B.S. in mathematics, where she was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in applied mathematics at North Carolina State University.

Karin Young
Awarded Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Karin (Kari) Young joined the faculty at Centre College in 2013 as an assistant professor of chemistry. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2016.

Photo of Karin Young, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Karin Young

Young teaches courses in general chemistry and inorganic chemistry. She is particularly interested in developing meaningful laboratory exercises for students in inorganic chemistry. Young also teaches courses in alternative energy technology, which are inspired by her graduate work on artificial photosynthesis for solar energy applications. In CentreTerm 2015, Young teamed up with Professor Ellen Swanson to teach students about wind, solar and hydroelectric power. The course included a visit to the Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station, which generates the Renewable Energy Credits purchased by the student green fund.

She also has a special interest in how nature uses iron and manganese centers to catalyze important oxidation reactions. At Centre, Young and her students are studying a family of iron, manganese and cobalt complexes as catalysts for the oxidation of lignin model compounds.

Originally from Texas, Young graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tulsa with a B.A. in chemistry and English, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She subsequently earned an M.S. in chemistry and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at Yale University.

Jan Wertz
Awarded Promotion to Full Professor

Portrait of Jan Wertz

Jan Wertz

Associate Professor of Psychology Jan Wertz was named a Centre Scholar in 2007. In 2005, and again in 2015, she received the Kirk Award for excellence in teaching. Her primary research interests include body image, advertising and positive psychology.

Prior to coming to Centre, she was assistant professor of psychology at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Wertz has a Ph.D. and an M.S. in counseling psychology from the University of Kentucky. She holds two B.S. degrees from Montana State University and the University of Montana—Montana Tech. Her psychology experience has included working on psychiatric and substance abuse units, in a VA hospital and in a federal prison.

by Centre College News
July 11, 2019

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