CENTRE COLLEGE DIRECTORY
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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.
Michael Fabritius is a professor of economics. Prior to joining Centre’s faculty in 2006, he was McBryde Professor of Finance and Economics at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Dr. Fabritius’ scholarly interests include savings and loan industry, economic history, money and banking, and economic education. He has published articles and book chapters on such subjects as “An Evaluation of the Life Cycles of Education Supporting Lotteries,” in Public Finance Review and “The Changing Quality of Business Education,” in Economics of Education Review.
He received a B.A. in economics from S.U.N.Y—Fredonia, a master’s in economics from New Mexico State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas.
File last updated: 5/2/13
Stephanie Fabritius is a professor of biology. She served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College from 2006 to 2018. Prior to joining Centre, she was a professor, associate provost, and director of the Paideia Program at Southwestern University, where she worked for more than 17 years.
While at Southwestern University, she held the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair in the Sciences from 2000 to 2004, and in 1997 received the Exemplary Teaching Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. In 2002-2003, she was one of 35 professors and academic administrators from across the country selected for an American Council on Education Fellowship. She spent her fellowship year at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Dean Fabritius currently serves on the board of the American Council of Academic Deans.
Fabritius’ signature courses have included introductory biology, biological diversity and interactions, ecology, animal behavior, evolution, natural history of the vertebrates, animal behavior seminar, and introduction to research.
She holds a B.S. in biology from Pepperdine University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.
File last updated: 1/13/15
Facilities Management maintains the operations and physical appearance of the College. Their professionalism, experience, and care create an environment that is conducive to learning and living for the campus community.
Amanda Falk graduated with a B. S. (Honors) in Biology from Lake Superior State University, performing a senior thesis on molecular and morphometric sexing of bald eagles and related species. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Kansas, studying avian paleontology and ichnology—trace fossils—as well as anatomy and behavior of modern birds. During this time she began research in China and South Korea, supported by a U.S. Fulbright Grant from 2011-2012 that provided the opportunity to perform extensive research in China.
She has expertise in paleobiology, evolutionary biology, functional morphology, and fossil behavior. Her current research interests are studies of fossil avian anatomy, avian ichnology (the study of preserved behavior known as trace fossils—footprints, burrows, etc.), comparative studies of modern avian anatomy, studies of modern avian footprint production and tracemaking behavior, laser-stimulated fluorescence of fossils, and paleobiodiversity and mass extinction.
File last updated 6/26/17
John R. Farris of Lexington, Ky., has been selected to serve as interim vice president for investments and chief financial officer at Centre College. His appointment is effective Feb. 1, 2016.
img14Centre President John A. Roush is delighted to welcome Farris back to his alma mater as a member of the senior administration.
“John Farris will strengthen the College’s effort in finance and investments at a very important time,” Roush said.
“His background and expertise will definitely help make Centre’s future brighter yet,” Roush added. “He combines financial competence at a national level, along with a deep understanding of Kentucky and the region. We are fortunate to have him back among us.”
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Centre in 1995 with majors in economics and philosophy, Farris continued his studies in economics and finance at Princeton University, where he earned a Master’s in Public Administration.
Besides his impressive educational background, Farris brings to his new role an extensive and wide-ranging record of professional experience in both the public and private sectors.
Jean Faye joined the Centre College faculty in 2018 as assistant professor of environmental studies.
Faye’s research centers on his home country, Senegal, West Africa, and the wider Sahel region. He studies ingenious land use and farming practices that improve climate change resilience and food security among some of the poorest people on the planet. These practices include agroforestry, soil fertility and nutrient management, ecological management of plant diseases, and biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes.
Faye uses mixed-methods in his research, ranging from ethnographic approaches embedded in cultural-political ecology to soil science analysis. He uses a range of tools from environmental geography to understand soil and productivity, indigenous adaptive capacities, and livelihood resilience in the West African Sahel.
Faye’s teaching interests include: agroforestry (farms and forests); agroecology (sustainable agriculture); global environmental health, and soil science.
Faye earned a B.S. in conservation and resource studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in international studies and a Ph.D. in environmental studies from the University of Oregon.
Ben Feese was professor of biology at Centre from 1965 until his retirement in 1997.
His areas of expertise include genetic engineering, and reproductive and developmental biology.
He received a B.A. in biology from Centre College, and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Washington University.
Jeffrey Fieberg joined the faculty at Centre College in 2005, was promoted to associate professor of chemistry in 2008, was promoted to full professor in 2017, and was named the John C. Walkup Professor of Chemistry in 2017. Prior to joining Centre’s faculty in 2005, he taught at Hillsdale College (1998–2001) and Georgetown College (2001–2005), where he won the John Walker Manning Distinguished Mentor and Teacher Award in 2003.
Raised in Kirkwood, Missouri, Fieberg graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. in chemical physics from Centre College. He received his M.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Texas. His Ph.D. research focused on the photochemistry of molecules adsorbed on metal surfaces. Fieberg has been published in such journals as Chemical Physics Letters, the Journal of Chemical Physics, Surface Science, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, the Journal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions, the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology, the Journal of Chemical Education and Applied Spectroscopy.
Fieberg’s current research interests are in technical art historical investigations of modernist paintings and analysis of artists’ materials. In 2011-2012, he participated as the first Sabbatical Leave Research Fellow in Technical Art History at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). Working in the Conservation Science Laboratory directed by Gregory Smith ’95, Ph.D., technical analyses of paintings from the IMA’s European collection were performed using x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, Raman microspectroscopy, and infrared microspectroscopy. The paintings analyzed included Mysterious Departure by Giorgio de Chirico, Jupiter with Thunderbolt, attributed to a follower of Jacob Jordaens, and the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Undergrowth with Two Figures by Vincent van Gogh (http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/aspc/71/5). Fieberg is currently (spring 2019) on sabbatical at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, where he continues to analyze paintings from their Modern European collection.
Fieberg frequently teaches General Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy, Thermodynamics and Kinetics, and Natural Science. Fieberg is an energetic teacher. In his introductory classes, he performs demonstrations almost daily in class. Fieberg has received several awards, including the Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007), the C. Eric Mount Jr. Student Appreciation Award (2007), the Outstanding Professor Award from Greek Life (2008 and 2009), and the David Hughes Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service (2010). He was named a Centre Scholar for 2008-2010 and for 2014-2016. He was selected co-Most Dramatic Professor in Kentucky by Kentucky Monthly in 2010.
Fieberg is a staunch advocate of the transformational experiences gained by studying abroad. As a Centre student, Fieberg studied art, architecture and music in Paris, Florence, Munich, and Amsterdam. Fieberg has led both semester programs and short-term travel courses in Europe. Fieberg co-directed the Centre-in-London program in 2010 where he taught Chemistry in Art and British Scientists: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. Fieberg directed the Centre-in-Strasbourg program for the 2013-14 and the 2017-2018 academic years where he taught France-Germany Wars and Molecular Modernism: Manet to Marc, which included visits to museums in France, Germany and Switzerland. For the January CentreTerms 2013 and 2017, he taught Molecular Modernism: Manet to Matisse as a three-week travel course in Paris and Southern France. He will accompany Dr. Joe Workman’s and Dr. Kerry Paumi’s course on the Physical Science of Volcanoes for CentreTerm 2020 in New Zealand.
Fieberg’s signature class, Molecular Modernism, is a truly interdisciplinary mix of science and art. In addition to teaching Molecular Modernism in France, he has taught Molecular Modernism: Monet to Mondrian as a first-year studies course with field trips to museums and art conservation labs in Washington D.C., Indianapolis and Chicago. In addition, Fieberg offers Chemical Analysis of Modernist Paintings as an upper-level elective for chemistry majors and minors. Fieberg and his students also have collaborated with religion professors, Dr. Beth Glazier and Dr. Tom McCollough, to work with ancient lead amulets to date, electrolytically reduce, and unroll them. Current projects include a forgery investigation of an early 20th century painting and collaboration with a student to refabricate ancient glass colors.
Fieberg is highly active on campus; he has chaired the Chemistry Program, Natural Science Program, and the Committee on Tenure and Reappointment. He serves as the faculty advisor for the social fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and as a faculty liaison for the Centre softball team. Fieberg is active within the Centre College Phi Beta Kappa chapter, as he frequently serves on the Members-in-Course subcommittee. Fieberg is heavily invested in community outreach as he frequently performs chemistry demonstration shows at local schools with Centre students.
File last updated: 3/13/19
EXPERT: Technical Art Historical Analysis of Paintings and the Scientific Analysis of Artists’ Materials
Focuses on technical art historical and/or forgery analyses of paintings, including the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, through the use of portable x-ray fluorescence (p-XRF) spectroscopy, reflectance spectroscopy, and infrared reflectography/transmittography. Use of demonstrations to teach chemical concepts and/or engage the general public. Design and implementation of “Chemistry in Art” STEM study abroad courses in Europe.
Brad Fields, a 1998 Centre graduate, has served as director of athletics and recreation since returning to Centre in 2013. Centre has achieved a great deal of success in Fields’ two-plus years of leadership, as 11 programs have combined to win 20 Southern Athletic Association championships, including 13 postseason titles and seven regular season championships. In addition, Centre has had 12 teams qualify for their respective NCAA Tournaments and has placed 423 student-athletes on the SAA Academic Honor Roll in the past two academic years.
In 2014-15, buoyed by Centre fall sports capturing five of a possible seven SAA championships, the Colonels finished 69th in the NACDA CUP standings out of more than 450 NCAA Division III teams, Centre’s second highest finish in school history. Also during the 2014-15 academic year, the women’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, while the field hockey team made its second consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, both representing the farthest advancement in school history for those respective programs.
In 2013-14, Centre claimed its second consecutive Southern Athletic Association Presidents Trophy.
During the summer of 2015, Fields oversaw a major renovation project in Sutcliffe Hall, the college’s main athletic facility. The 10,000-square foot transformation included the revamping of seven locker rooms, nearly 300 new lockers, three hallways, the athletic training room, the laundry room, the coaches locker room, as well as a new team room for meetings and special events.
Fields has managed several facility upgrades during his tenure, including the building of the Fishman Center, a 3000-square foot indoor training facility for the Centre baseball and softball programs, the resurfacing of the track and the tennis courts, renovations to Boles Natatorium and the Buck Fitness Center as well as the building of a new throws area for the track and field teams. He is also responsible for overseeing the South Fields and locker room project, which will provide a new playing field for the men’s and women’s soccer programs and add a new locker room space to house the men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, softball and women’s lacrosse programs.
Fields guided a rebranding effort for Centre Athletics in 2015, leading a committee that generated a new unified visual identity for the athletic department. Along with the rebranding, Fields directed a department restructuring for the 2015-16 academic year, which included the addition of Associate Athletic Director for Advancement and External Relations Andrew Gavin. In the newly created role, Gavin will be responsible for working with Fields in developing relationships to increase fundraising success, as well as overseeing the expansion of the Centre’s sports information and multimedia efforts and serving as a liaison with the admissions office in regards to the recruitment of student athletes.
During his tenure, Fields is responsible for the hiring of several head coaches, including softball coach Ashley Taylor and men’s lacrosse coach Dan Sharbaugh in 2014, as well as men’s and women’s tennis coach Currie Martin in 2015.
Additionally, in his first year, Fields served on the SAA Athletic Directors Executive Committee. He is also a member of Centre College’s senior staff.
A native of Ashland, Ky., Fields earned a B.S. degree at Centre with a double major in economics and Spanish. He later earned an M.S. degree in sports management, with an emphasis in intercollegiate administration, from California University of Pennsylvania. His graduate-level work included courses in ethics, finance, leadership, legal aspects of sport, management, NCAA compliance, public relations, sports marketing, and Title IX.
“As a proud alumnus, it is a challenge to put into words the profound impact Centre has had in shaping me—not just in my four years as an undergraduate, but through the lifelong relationships I enjoy with so many who continue to be a positive influence,” said Fields.
“To combine my passion for Division III athletics and Centre College is truly a special opportunity,” Fields added. “I believe that Centre athletics is poised to become one of the elite Division III programs in the country, joining Centre’s presence on the national academic landscape.”
Fields began his career in 1999 at the University of South Carolina-Aiken, an NCAA Division II school that competes in the Peach Belt Conference and fields 11 collegiate teams. He served as sports information director for four years at USC Aiken before being promoted to assistant athletic director. His work won numerous awards from CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America. Fields returned to Kentucky in 2008, taking the position of director of athletic media relations at Western Kentucky University, a Division I program competing in the Sun Belt Conference. From there, Fields moved in 2010 to a position as athletic director at Eastern University, which fields 16 intercollegiate sports.
During his tenure at Eastern, the Eagles combined for six regular season conference titles, eight conference tournament crowns, and 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, including an NCAA Final Four trip by volleyball in 2011. In addition, Eastern student-athletes achieved a graduation rate 16.7 percent higher than the rest of the student body, maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.11 in the 2012-13 academic year.
Fields and his wife, Julie, have three children, Maddie, Emma and Katelyn.
Patricia S. Finch is professor of Spanish at Centre College, where she has taught since 1991.
Finch published (2003) an edition of La Celestina, a XVth century classic work, in the Juan de la Cuesta European Masterpieces series. She has also co-authored “Don Quijote” en el arte y pensamiento de Occidente with John Jay Allen for Catedra Press, Madrid. This is a tribute for the 400th anniversary of the publication of Don Quijote. Professor Finch has served as Chair of Spanish for 7 years, and represented Centre College in the Preparing Future Faculty graduate seminar at the University of Kentucky for 5 years. She has published and presented papers on magic and witchcraft in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, La Celestina, and Don Quijote, in the United States as well as in Spain. She taught a graduate course in Machismo in Latin American Novel and Film at Middlebury College in Vermont. She has taught courses in all levels and areas of language, civilization, and literature.
Finch earned B.S. and M.A. degrees at Bowling Green State University, and she holds a Ph.D. from Catholic University of America.
File last updated: 7/8/13
Satty Flaherty-Echeverría joined the faculty of Centre College in 2016 as assistant professor of Spanish.
Her research and teaching interests include Afro-descendants’ literature and cultural production in the Caribbean and Latin America, African literatures written in Spanish and Portuguese, Colonial/Postcolonial literatures, Race and Black intellectualism in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds. She will be co-directing the 2018 Centre Term in Brazil.
Flaherty-Echeverría earned a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
File last updated: 8/30/2017
Kristen Fulfer is an assistant professor of chemistry. She joined Centre’s faculty in 2017.
Fulfer’s research interests include exploring the species which exist in solutions using a combination of infrared spectroscopy and computations. Solutions are held together by networks of intermolecular forces. Though these are often thought of as transient interactions, solutions with strong interactions have a tendency to order into pseudo-stable structures. With infrared spectroscopy we can probe these structures and their environments using the vibrational motions of involved functional groups. We also perform structural computations to investigate how various ordered species will impact the vibrational motion being used as a probe. Combining these two data sets gives us the ability to elucidate what these ordered species might be. Currently, our group is exploring non-lithium ion battery electrolytes, which contain magnesium or zinc ions in organic solvents. The species likely to exist in these electrolytes include solvated ions, ion pairs, or ion aggregates. Magnesium and zinc ions are particularly interesting because they can provide insight into what properties have the most influence on solvation structures. Since these two ions have identical charge and ionic radii, the differences which arise must be from their electronic configurations. We are also currently investigating the effects of salinity on hydrogen-bond interactions between water and small organic molecules. The effect of salinity on aqueous biochemical solutions is commonly called the Hoffmeister effect. However, most molecular scale studies of what happens to cause the observed trends in protein folding and unfolding have either looked from the perspective of water or that of large polymers and proteins. We are attempting to approach this puzzle from the perspective of something in between by looking at effects on intermolecular forces as probed by the vibrational motions of small organic solutes.
Before coming to Centre, Fulfer earned a B.S. in chemistry and mathematics from Texas State University and then continued on to study for her Ph.D. in chemistry at Louisiana State University. Her Ph.D. work focused on using electronic spectroscopy to explore electron rescattering phenomena occurring during photoionization and photorecombination processes under the guidance of Erwin Poliakoff. Fulfer continued on as a postdoctoral fellow at Louisiana State University in the lab of Daniel Kuroda, where she used infrared spectroscopy to study the structure and dynamics of carbonate-based lithium-ion battery electrolytes.
File last updated: 8/21/17
EXPERT: Utilizing infrared spectroscopy to explore the structure and energetics of interesting solutions
Fulfer’s current research interests include exploring the species which exist in solutions using a combination of infrared spectroscopy and computations