Centre professors to share academic success with campus community, April 3

Centre College’s Student Government Association is hosting a Professor Symposium on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in Young Hall 113. The event is an opportunity for the campus community to hear about the academic and scholastic careers of three faculty members who graduated from Centre.

Headshot of John Kinkade

John Kinkade, Hazelrigg Associate Professor of English

The faculty speaking this year are John Kinkade, associate professor of English; Preston Miles, John H. Walkup Professor of Chemistry; and Jamie Shenton, assistant professor of anthropology.

Prior to joining Centre’s faculty in 2006, Kinkade taught at the Texas Military Institute, the University of Texas at Austin and in the Naples, Florida, community schools. Kinkade was named a Centre Scholar in 2010.

He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Centre, with degrees in English and government. He earned a master’s and Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Texas at Austin.

Miles joined Centre’s faculty in 1981. He has held the Walkup Professorship of Chemistry since 1997, and he has served as chair of the natural science program. He has also been involved with the College’s sustainability efforts and is a member of the President’s Climate Commitment Advisory Committee.

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Preston Miles, John H. Walkup Professor of Chemistry

He is an analytical chemist who worked in research and development in private industry before joining the College faculty. He is deeply committed to getting Centre students involved in collaborative research. His research has focused on the development and application of methods for trace level analyses. Current projects include the determination of toxic heavy metals in woody plant materials, the determination of cortisol in urine and feces of both captive and wild wooly monkey populations, and most recently, the determination of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCP) in surface waters.

Miles has developed a number of successful grant proposals on behalf of the sciences at Centre. He holds a B.A. from Centre and earned a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at the University of Kentucky.

Headshot of Jamie Shenton

Jamie Shenton, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Shenton joined the faculty at Centre in 2017. She is a cultural anthropologist specializing in medical anthropology, gender and sexuality, ethnographic methods and comparative perspectives on U.S. and world cultures, especially Latin America.

Her geographic areas of expertise are lowland South America and highland Central America, and she has spent significant amounts of time conducting fieldwork among indigenous Kichwa peoples and indigenous Maya peoples. Her most recent research explored issues of gender, intergenerational transformation, body image and social change among indigenous Kichwa women in the Napo Province region of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Other ongoing research projects include productive intersections of contemporary feminist theory and Amazonian ethnographic theoretical paradigms, as well as sexual violence on college campuses and questions of awareness and prevention.

Shenton’s teaching areas of interest include cultural anthropology; gender and sexuality; human rights; globalization; disease, healing, and health inequalities; modernity, social change, and indigenous resilience; media studies and popular culture; and body image and eating disorders.

Shenton earned a B.A. in anthropology and sociology and Spanish from Centre, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Vanderbilt University, where she taught for nearly three years in the women’s and gender studies program.

Professor Symposium:
John Kinkade, associate professor of English
Preston Miles, John C. Walkup Professor of Chemistry
Jamie Shenton, assistant professor of anthropology
Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m.
Young Hall 113

by Kerry Steinhofer
April 2, 2019