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.
Peter Haffner joined the Centre College faculty in 2019 as assistant professor of art history.
Haffner’s research focuses on the production, sale, collection, and exhibition of art made in Haiti and its connections with tourism. By studying how artists and collectors operate in a specific system of production, collection, and display, his work provides insight into how people navigate the communicative capabilities of art. He uses an interdisciplinary approach that employs methodologies from curatorial studies, ethnography, theories of tourism, and art history.
Haffner received a B.A. in art history from Bard College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Culture and Performance from UCLA.
Anthony Haigh retired as professor of dramatic arts at Centre College in 2017, where he had taught since 1991. Haigh is active as a professional actor, director, and playwright. A native of England, Haigh earned a diploma from the Rose Bruford College in London – where he is now a Fellow of the College, and an M.A. in theater from Lancaster University. After moving to the United States, he earned a Ph.D. in theater from Michigan State University.
Haigh is an energetic teacher and director who enjoys the challenge of working in different genres. He recently directed the musical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” at Centre College. His other Centre productions are as varied as Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia,” George Bernard Shaw’s “Major Barbara,” and Thomas Heywood’s “Fair Maid of the West.” He recently created a devised piece with students – “After Orpheus” which they took to the Edinburgh International Festival.
His most recent professional work includes “The Seafarer” for Actor’s Guild of Lexington and a 50th anniversary production of “Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf” for Banta Productions. He was also founding Artistic Director of “Shakespeare at Equus Run” – an outdoor Shakespeare festival which was located at Equus Run Vineyards, just outside Midway, Kentucky.
His acting work includes playing Andre in Athol Fugard’s new play “Exits and Entrances” He has also appeared at Actor’s Theatre in Louisville and even performed in a Christmas musical at Dollywood. His appearance in Michael Jonathan’s “Walden” is regularly seen on PBS stations nationwide as part of Earth Day. In 1997, Haigh was chosen by the Kentucky Humanities Council as the first recipient of the Vic Hellard Memorial Award. He developed a one-person play on the life of Samuel Drake, an Englishman who established the nation’s first permanent professional theatre west of the Alleghenies. Most recently he was seen in the movie “Shadow People” directed by Matt Arnold.
Haigh is a past-president of the South Eastern Theatre Conference – the largest theatre organization in America and continues to be active in that organization. Each March, 20 or so students with drama program faculty attend that conference and the students have the opportunity to audition and interview for theatre work experiences and internships.
Haigh has been director of the Centre-in-London Program and regularly takes groups of Centre students on theatre study tours of England. He also maintains an ongoing relationship with the Rose Bruford College – one of England’s leading drama schools. He has built a student exchange program between Centre and RBC and has taught in their master’s program as well as directing plays there.
Prior to joining the Centre faculty, Haigh taught at Madeley College in England, Michigan State University, Ferris State University, and at Fort Lewis College.
File last updated: 12/20/16
Theater — Acting, directing, playwriting — Dramatic literature — British life and culture — Contemporary British theatre — Educational drama and children’s theatre — Shakespeare — Regional theatre — Alien status (British citizen but not a US citizen) — Contemporary British playwrights — Pantomime
An energetic teacher and director who has guided Centre students and productions to several honors. Chosen to join the Kentucky Chatauqua program with life-like portrayals of Samuel Drake, an Englishman who established the nation’s first professional theater on the western side of the Appalachian mountains. Teacher-leader for several overseas theatre study tours. He is also a consultant to KDE and GSA.
January Haile is an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and molecular biology. She joined Centre’s faculty in 2008 and was named a Centre Scholar in 2012.
Before coming to Centre, Haile was a research mentor at Virginia Tech, and taught as a supplemental instructor at Emory and Henry College. In 2013, she received Virginia Tech’s Outstanding Departmental Recent Alumni Award for biochemistry. She was invited to attend the 56th annual meeting of the Nobel Laureates and Students in 2006.
She graduated summa cum laude from Emory and Henry College with a B.S in biology and chemistry, where she was President of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society her senior year. She earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry at Virginia Tech.
File last updated: 03/27/19
EXPERT: Biochemistry and the Investigation of Fermentation Conditions and Contamination
Barbara Hall retired as H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Music Emeritus in 2015, after teaching since 1980. She held the Stodghill Professorship in Humanities since its inception in 2004 and is the former chair of the division of arts and humanities. Before her retirement, she received the 2015 C. Eric Mount Jr. Award, for outstanding dedication and leadership, and the David F. Hughes Memorial Award presented by Omicron Delta Kappa for service to the College.
A veteran teacher, conductor, and performer, Hall directed Centre’s choral program, which includes student groups such as Centre Singers, Women’s Voices, and Centre Men. She teaches humanities, music history, theory, and conducting. Hall founded and directs the Danville Summer Singers and Sounding Joy, an auditioned women’s ensemble of 30-32 singers.
Hall is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and the College Music Society. She is past governor of the Association of Teachers of Singing.
Hall earned a B.M. at the University of Michigan, an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a D.M. from Indiana University.
To read about Hall’s work with the student performance of Dido and Aeneas, click here.
File last updated: 06/05/15
EXPERT: Vocal technique — Choral conducting
Scholarly background in American Literature. Has taught major American writers, African-American literature, American autobiography, and poetry. Expertise on American historian and philosopher Henry Adams.
W. David Hall joined the Centre faculty in 2002, and in 2005 received the Kirk Award for excellence in teaching. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2007, and held the NEH endowed professorship from 2010 to 2013. He has served as chair of the religion program. Prior to coming to Centre College, he taught for two years as visiting assistant professor of religious studies at DePaul University in Chicago.
Dr. Hall’s primary research interest is 19th- and 20th-century European thought. He is co-editor of and contributor to a recent volume of essays entitled Paul Ricoeur and Contemporary Moral Thought (Routledge, 2002), and is the author of Paul Ricoeur and the Poetic Imperative: The Creative Tension Between Love and Justice (SUNY, 2007). His approach is broadly interdisciplinary, addressing currents within philosophy, literary theory, and the social sciences, and their impact on contemporary theology and ethics. His current interests concern questions of political agency within the context of modern notions of state sovereignty.
Dr. Hall received a B.A. in rhetoric from California State University in Sacramento. He attended graduate school at the University of Chicago, where he received an M.Div. and a Ph.D.
File last updated: 6/26/17
Watch a photo essay highlighting Dr. Hall’s Basketball as Religion class.
Matthew R. Hallock is professor of dramatic arts at Centre College where he has taught since 1997. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2013. He is actively involved in the College’s three major productions each year, serving (variously) as scenic, costume, and lighting designer as well as teaching portions of the dramatic arts curriculum. All productions are mounted in the College’s Norton Center for the Arts, a major performance venue.
Hallock has extensive experience in theater design, working professionally in the field in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Kansas City as well as numerous stock locations across the country. Some of the companies he has worked for are the Skylight Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater (Milwaukee), and The Missouri Repertory Theatre. Locally, his designs have been seen at the Actor’s Guild of Lexington (for which he has received three audience appreciation awards), Lexington Children’s Theatre, and the Lexington Shakespeare Festival.
Hallock holds a B.S. in theater arts from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and received his M.F.A. in scenic design and technology from Western Illinois University.
File last updated: 8/7/13
Michael F. Hamm, Emeritus Professor History at Centre, has held the Ewing T. Boles Professorship since 1994. He joined the Centre faculty in 1970 and retired in 2014, although he still teaches an occasional class. He served as Faculty President from 1998 until 2001 and chaired the Social Studies Division from 1991 until 1995. He is also the recipient of the Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching.
A scholarly expert on Russia and Eastern Europe, Hamm’s Kiev: A Portrait, 1800-1917 (Princeton University Press, 1993, paperback 1995) won the Antonovych Prize for the best book published on Ukraine in 1995. Hamm also edited and co-authored The City in Late Imperial Russia (Indiana University Press, 1986), and The City in Russian History (University Press of Kentucky, 1976). He published a number of articles, mostly on Kiev and Kharkiv and Russia’s 1905 Revolution, and guest edited an issue of Nationalities Papers on Moldova in 1998.
Professor Hamm received several grants for research abroad, including an American Philosophical Society grant. He spent the 1976-77 academic year as an IREX research scholar in the Soviet Union and the spring semester 1986 as a Fulbright researcher in Moscow. In 1995 he taught about American values and institutions at Almaty State University in Kazakstan. One of the first Centre professors to offer off-campus programs, he led Centre student groups to the Soviet Union and various Eastern European countries on five occasions.
An ardent conservationist, Hamm has traveled widely in Latin America and Africa observing birds and wildlife. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Chapter of The Nature Conservancy from 2006 until 2016, chairing that Board for three years. He now continues as an Emeritus member of that Board. Hamm has also chaired the Boards of Directors of the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge and the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society. Currently he is President of the La Cruz Habitat Protection Project (forestsformonarchs.org) which does the reforestation and forest management for the migratory Monarch butterfly’s winter roost biosphere in Michoacan, Mexico.
He holds a B. A. from Macalester College and M.A. and Ph. D degrees from Indiana University.
Ray Hammond is professor emeritus of biology and biochemistry at Centre College where he has been a member of the faculty since 1972. Hammond also has accepted a number of administrative assignments at the college, including dean of students, vice president for student affairs, director of athletics, and chair of the Health and Human Performance program.
As a teacher, Hammond’s principal areas of expertise are general biology, microbiology and biochemistry. During graduate school and for a decade after, he pursued extensive research on neutral lipid metabolism. He now is at work on an historical study of fermentation techniques that originated in Scotland and Ireland and their influence on the U.S. brewing and distilling industries.
In his role as Centre athletic director, Hammond developed a research project comparing the academic performance of college athletes during competitive seasons and in off-season times.
Hammond spent the 1980-81 academic year as visiting professor of biology at Silliman University in the Philippines, and he has lectured in biochemistry at St. George’s University School of Medicine in the West Indies.
In 1987, Hammond was named Kentucky’s “Outstanding Teacher in Science at the College-University Level.”
Hammond holds a B.A. from Centre College and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Kentucky.
File last updated: 7/8/13
John Harney came to Centre in 2013 as assistant professor of history, and was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2019.
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.
File last updated: 7/15/19
Christina “Lori” Harris joined Centre College in 2018 as Web and Digital Content Coordinator.
She holds a B.S. in Business (Marketing) and a B.A. in Communications from Berea College.
Lori Hartmann joined the Centre College faculty in 1999. She was awarded the “Rookie of the Year” teaching award in 2000, and a Kirk Teaching Award in 2003. Since 2009 she has held the Frank B. and Virginia B. Hower endowed chair in international studies. During the CentreTerms of 2004, 2009, 2011, and 2015 she took groups of students to Cameroon to study politics and civil society in that Central African country. And In 2006-07 and 2012, she was the director of Centre College’s program in Strasbourg, France.
She is currently serving as the interim director of the center for global citizenship.
Hartmann’s scholarly interests have focused on African politics, women and development in West Africa, and the political economy of development. In 2013, she co-published an article with former Centre student Brian Klosterboer in African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review on the prospects for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has published several articles on the topic of women and development, including: “Pounding Millet during School Hours: obstacles to girls’ formal education in Niger” in the European Journal of Development Research (2011); “The Rural-Urban dynamic and implications for development: perspectives from Nigerien Women” in Journal of Contemporary African Studies (spring 2004) and “A Language of their own: Development Discourse in Niger” in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (Winter 2004). Hartmann has also published works on pedagogical issues, for example, “Neoliberalism: a useful tool for teaching critical topics in political science” appeared in PS: Political Science and Politics (Oct 2009). In 2002 her article “War as Metaphor” appeared in Peace Review: Journal of Social Justice.
In 2015-16, Hartmann spent a year in Ethiopia as a Fulbright Fellow at Wollo University conducting a comparative study of Nigerian and Ethiopian literature, with an aim of understanding how that literature reflects a sense of nationalism or national identity. Read more about her research here. Upon her return in the fall of 2016, she took over a three-year term as faculty president.
She holds a B.A. from Denison University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Denver. She was an Ambassadorial Graduate Rotary Scholar at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal, West Africa; and a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa.
File last updated: 08/07/19
African politics — Women and development in West Africa — Democratic transitions in Africa — Peace Corps
Former Peace Corps volunteer in Tahoua, Niger, West Africa. An Ambassadorial Graduate Rotary Scholar in Senegal, West Africa. Articles published in journals including Africa Today.
Liz graduated from Centre in 1988 with a B.A. in Government and French. She has an M.S. in Geology from the University of Kentucky and completed her dissertation on orogenic gold deposits of Alaska from Colorado School of Mines. Liz has served on the U.K. College of Arts and Sciences alumni advisory board and was the Chairman of the Geology Alumni Advisory Board at U.K. After 20+ years in the oil and gas industry, living in Australia and around the world, Liz has turned her focus toward giving back to her alma mater, Centre, and in November of 2016, accepted the position of Director of Leadership Gifts at the College. Her husband, Doug Haynes ’87, is an alumnus and her daughter, Amy Haynes ’20, is a student at Centre.
Randy was promoted to the position of Vice President and Dean of Student Life in 2000 after serving since 1993 as Director of Residence Life and Counseling and Associate Dean of Student Life. As Vice President and Dean of Student Life, Randy continues to have an “open door” policy, which invites all students to call upon him for advice or direction here at Centre College. His philosophy for the Student Life Office is that each student deserves to have the best “outside the classroom” experience along with the best education while at Centre College. Randy earned a bachelor’s degree from Berea College and a master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kentucky.
Vice President and Dean of Student Life Randy Hays receives “Dr. Fred Rhodes Outstanding Service” award at CPAK Conference
Feb. 2, 2016
Vice President and Dean of Student Life Randy Hays was recognized with the “Dr. Fred Rhodes Outstanding Service” award at the 2016 College Personnel Association of Kentucky (CPAK) Conference held on Centre College’s campus on Jan. 29.
The award commends outstanding professionals who have made significant professional contributions or achievements on a campus, or at the state or regional level. Nominees also demonstrate professional ethics, dedication and commitment to the principles of the college personnel profession. More….
Jeffrey Heath joined Centre’s faculty in 2007, and became associate professor of mathematics in 2013. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2011, and received the Kirk Award for excellence in teaching in 2019. His research interests include sports analytics and applied statistics in pharmacology.
Heath graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown College with a B.S. in mathematics. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied mathematics and scientific computation from the University of Maryland, where he served as a teaching fellow in the mathematics department.
File last updated: 5/21/19
Petra Hendrickson joined the Centre College faculty as assistant professor of international studies in 2017.
Hendrickson earned a B.A. in political science from Indiana State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University.
File last updated: 6/21/17
Steve became Executive Director of the Norton Center in July 2010. Before that, he served as President and CEO of the National Steinbeck Center in Monterey County, California, an international cultural institution with a mission focused on the life, works and philosophies of John Steinbeck. Prior to that, Hoffman spent eleven years as the first CEO of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, in Sioux Falls, SD. There, he led the multi-disciplinary cultural institution’s Kirby Science Discovery Center and Omnimax-type theater; seven gallery Visual Arts Center; and Husby Performing Arts Center with its 1900- and 300-seat theaters. Steve’s recent professional accomplishments include co-chairing the 2009 and 2010 Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ annual national conferences, serving on the California Association of Museums’ board of directors and speaking at regional and national conferences. Steve is very happy to be in Danville.