CENTRE COLLEGE DIRECTORY
Use the directory below to find information on faculty, staff, and offices on campus.
The main telephone number for Centre College is 859.238.5200. Calls to this number will be routed to the appropriate extension. In an after-hours emergency, call 859.236.4357.
Dina Badie joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as assistant professor of politics and international studies, and she was promoted to associate professor in 2018. Named a Centre Scholar in 2015 — a two-year appointment recognizing teaching excellence, scholarship, and contributions to the Centre Community — Badie also received a Kirk Award for excellence in teaching in 2018.
Her research and teaching interests include international relations theory, security studies, foreign policy, and Middle East & East Asian studies. Bad is the author of After Saddam: American Foreign Policy and the Destruction of Secularism in the Middle East (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), and she has published articles in Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Perspective, and Strategic Studies Quarterly.
She received her B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.
File last updated: 7/05/18
Genny Ballard, an Associate Professor of Spanish, received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky, her M.A.T. from the University of Louisville and her B.A. in Government from Centre College. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Costa Rica where she has been taking students since 2006.
Ballard is actively engaged in community-based learning and student internships. She has extensive study abroad experience having directed programs in Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Nicaragua, Spain, and Andorra. Professor Ballard is one of the founders of the Centre College After School Program for immigrant, migrant and first generation K-12 students.
File last updated: 8/18/17
Since 2007 Dana has held the position of Director of Publications, in charge of designing projects for the Norton Center as well as other departments of Centre College. During her tenure, she has received numerous regional ADDY awards as well as a CASE award for her design work. Dana worked for 16 years as an Associate Graphic Art Director for Host Communications (presently IMG World), a company that provides sports marketing services for several NCAA Division I universities and athletic conferences. At Host, Dana art directed and produced design projects for many institutions including the University of Kentucky, Villanova University, the University of Georgia, Maryland University, etc, as well as for conferences like the SEC, Metro – Atlantic, Big 12, and Midwestern Collegiate. She is a Fine Arts graduate and has exhibited her work in Romania, Italy, and Washington, D.C..
Christine Barton is a professor of biology, emeritus at Centre College, where she taught from 1981 until 2014. She has served as chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics and has been a Centre Scholar.
Barton’s research interests have focused on behavioral and ecological interactions in aquatic systems. Some of the specific collaborative projects that she has sponsored include the effect of predators on the substrate selection and microhabitat utilization by prey species, factors influencing the distribution of the northern studfish in central Kentucky streams, and assessments of water quality using macroinvertebrate indices.
Barton is committed to improving the quality of science education at the elementary and secondary school levels. During the 1990s, she directed a summer science camp on the Centre campus for elementary and middle school students. She has also organized hands-on science workshop for both elementary and high school teachers.
Barton earned a B.A. in biology from the University of Vermont, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in fisheries biology from Oregon State University.
File last updated: 5/2/13
EXPERT: Biological conservation — Fisheries biology — Population dynamics
Areas of expertise include genetics, evolutionary biology, aquatic ecology, and human anatomy and physiology. Research interests focus on predatory-prey interactions in aquatic systems. Committed to working closely with area schools to improve science education at the pre-college level.
Michael Barton is Emeritus Stodghill Professor of Biology at Centre College where he has taught since 1979. Prior to that, he was a visiting assistant professor of biology at the University of Virginia. Barton received his B.A. degree in zoology from the University of California, Los Angeles; his M.A. degree in biology from California State University, Fullerton; and a Ph.D. in fisheries biology with a minor in oceanography from Oregon State University. Barton’s research interests are in the ecological and physiological adaptations of fishes living in extreme environments. His graduate research was on fishes that live in the intertidal zone of the northeast Pacific coast. While at Centre, Barton has conducted a winter term off-campus program in marine biology at a field station on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas. Currently he is researching the evolution and ecology of pupfishes, small inhabitants of lakes and ponds in the Bahamas that experience rapid rates of speciation. In 2007, Barton’s textbook Bond’s Biology of Fishes, 3rd ed., was published by Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
A long-standing interest in automotive history has resulted in the restoration of a couple of old cars as well as the development of a CentreTerm course on the impact of the automobile on the environment. He has also written magazine articles on automotive subjects.
Pam Baughman joined the Admission Office staff in 1993, shortly after graduating from Centre with a B.S. in Psychology. During Pam’s career in admission, she has held leadership roles with the Kentucky Association for College Admission Counseling and been an active member of the Centre College Alumni Board and other campus committees. One of her greatest professional and personal endeavors has been mentoring students through the Posse Scholars Program. Currently, Pam works most closely with students from the local area and those considering transfer admission. She considers herself fortunate to have experienced Centre as a student, alumnus, staff and now parent. Her family includes many Centre alums and she is delighted that the tradition has continued. Pam is a native of Northern Kentucky.
File last updated: 11/16/16
Glenda has worked at Centre since August 11, 1998. She provides clerical support for the Vice President for Human Resources & Administrative Services, Payroll and Benefits Coordinator, and the Human Resources Generalist.
Glenda received the Centre College staff recognition award in 2002. She served on the Centre Staff Congress as President and also Secretary.
Before coming to Centre Glenda was employed by Rector-Hayden Realtors in Lexington. She is a graduate of Marion County High School in Lebanon, Kentucky.
Anita, a Danville native, joined the Student Life staff in 2001. She comes to Centre from a local manufacturing facility where she was a Human Resources Assistant for 16 years. One of her major responsibilities in the Student Life Office is the publication of the student handbook which is given to each student. She also publishes the yearly Centre College Directory.
Adam Betz joined the Centre College faculty in 2018 as visiting assistant professor of philosophy.
His areas of research specialization include applied ethics, normative ethics, social and political philosophy, military ethics, the philosophy of peace and war, and environmental ethics.
Betz earned a B.A. in philosophy from Illinois Wesleyan University, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Larry Bitensky is W. George Matton Professor of Music at Centre where he teaches composition, music theory, musicianship, and world music. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2012, and has served as chair of the music program.
Known for music described as “extraordinarily sensitive and beautiful” and “speaking directly to the heart,” composer and pianist Bitensky has been hailed for works that are satisfying for performers and communicative to audiences. With their emotional intensity, directness, lyrical and sinuous melodies, and funky, polyrhythmic grooves, his works range from wistfully nostalgic, deeply sad, and evocative, to exuberant, playful, and ecstatic.
Educated at Skidmore College, the New England Conservatory of Music, Ithaca College, and Cornell University, Bitensky’s musical personality is rooted in a range of influences. He often seeks to merge the complex structures and expressive range of the classical masters and the innovations of the 20th-century greats with the melodic and rhythmic invention and improvisatory flow of musical traditions from India, Indonesia, the Islamic and Jewish worlds, jazz, and the Grateful Dead. His travels as part of the College’s study abroad program have also allowed him to explore the musical cultures of Morocco, Spain, Turkey, and Bali.
Bitensky first came to national and international attention with a series of works inspired by Jewish musical tradition and culture. In these he developed a free, quasi-improvisatory lyricism and melodic richness that has become one of his signatures. These works include the award-winning Mishb’rey Yam, a song cycle based on Hebrew texts of the great medieval poet Yehudah Halevi; “…a perfect rest,” an orchestral rhapsody based on the traditional Jewish memorial chant; Awake, You Sleepers!, a concerto for trumpet and wind ensemble based on the sounds of the shofar; and Rapture, a piano work based on Chasidic folk melodies.
He has also received attention for works based on his long association with world-renowned trumpeter Vince DiMartino. These include Awake, You Sleepers!, described as “one of the finest additions to the trumpet and wind ensemble repertoire to date;” the polyrhythmic, jazz-infused “From those beginning notes of yearning,” for trumpet and piano; and the comic and macabre The Other Side, for trumpet and chamber ensemble.
A pianist since the age of six, Bitensky’s music is rooted in his sense of what is gratifying for a performer. He regularly returns to the piano as a source of renewal, and he has made numerous contributions to the contemporary piano literature. These include the brooding and melancholy The Alchemy of Solitude, the colorful and varied From the Corner Room, the poetic Scent of the World We Gave Up, Rapture, Shouts and Murmurs, and others.
Bitensky’s works have been recognized by numerous foundations and institutions: the Fromm Foundation, the Omaha Symphony, the New England Philharmonic, the Saint Mary’s University Kaplan Commissioning Project, the Big Ten Band Commission, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Columbia Orchestra, Jabez Press, the ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Award, the Kentucky Arts Council, the Music Teachers National Association, the Kentucky Music Teachers Association, the American Music Center, the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation, the Friends and Enemies of New Music, the International Trumpet Guild, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Modern Chamber Players, the Harrid Conservatory, the Society of Composers, Inc., Duquesne University New Music Ensemble, Ensemble X, and the ASCAP Foundation Young Composers Competition.
Recorded on Mark Records and Sea Breeze Vista records, Bitensky’s music has been performed by numerous ensembles and at various festivals around North America, Europe, and Asia. His music is published by Silly Black Dog Music.
File last updated: 10/16/13
Robert Bosco is associate professor of international studies, joining Centre in 2010. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2014. Before this, he was a 2009-2010 Research Fellow in Religion and International Affairs at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. Bosco’s areas of expertise include international relations theory, religion and international politics, and international law. His research focuses on the relationship between religion and the state. He explored these themes in his 2014 book, Securing the Sacred: Religion, National Security, and the Western State (University of Michigan Press.) Dr. Bosco has also published articles about the study of Religion in International Relations, Critical Theory and Religion, and Buddhism and Politics. He is currently a Research Associate for the Center for Critical Research on Religion.
Robert’s previous work has appeared in the International Political Science Review, the Journal of International Relations and Development, and the International Studies Encyclopedia.
In 2014, Bosco’s book Securing the Sacred: Religion, Security, and the Western State was published by the University of Michigan Press.
At Centre, Robert teaches courses in international relations, religion and international politics, international law, international political economy, and European politics.
Robert received his B.A. in philosophy from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, his M.A. in international politics from the School of International Service at American University, and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Connecticut.
File last updated: 09/7/16
Randy is a graduate of Lincoln County High School and joined the Centre College Department of Public Safety as an officer in 2001. Prior to working at Centre, Randy was a floor sub-contractor for 19 years.
Michael 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.
Kiyona Brewster joined the Centre College faculty as assistant professor of sociology in 2017.
Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of race and ethnicity, gender, qualitative methods, family studies, and religion. Brewster’s ongoing research agenda involves understanding how gender and familial roles are defined and produced within predominantly African American Protestant and Evangelical communities of faith. She previously held teaching appointments at Northwestern University, DePaul University, and Triton College in Illinois. She is originally from Pennsylvania and when she is not reading social theory, she enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors.
Brewster received a B.S. degree from Bennett College for Women, an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology and a certificate in gender & sexuality studies from Northwestern University in September of 2016, as well as a teaching certificate from the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching. She also has an M.A. in psychology from the University of Connecticut.
File last updated: 8/21/17
Donald Brown is professor emeritus of psychology at Centre College, where he has taught since 1973. He has special expertise in the concept of motivation and is involved in research on factors affecting motivation in particular categories of individuals including college students, children, and individuals with diabetes.
In 1987, Brown was chosen as Centre’s Hewlett-Melon Faculty Lecturer, and he delivered a series of three lectures evaluating traditional methods of motivation.
Brown involves his students in collaborative research efforts and recently supervised a John C. Young Scholars honors project by Chris Shofner (class of ’97), which evaluated the degree to which role models have an impact on self confidence and success. Brown also collaborated with Kari Selby (class of ’98) on research focusing on cognition and motivation.
Brown holds a B.A. from Kent State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
File last updated: 5/2/13