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.
Lee Jefferson is an associate professor of religion, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2014.
Prior to coming to Centre in 2008, Jefferson taught courses at Memphis Theological Seminary and at Vanderbilt University, both in various areas of the Christian tradition. His primary area of interest is the development of the Christian tradition and art and imagery of Late Antiquity.
He graduated cum laude from Sewanee-University of the South and earned his M.Div. from Southern Methodist University (magna cum laude). He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in religion from Vanderbilt University. He has published articles on aspects of early Christianity in Religion and the Arts, Studia Patristica, Religion Compass, the Sewanee Theological Review, and SBL Bible Odyssey. His book reviews have appeared in Review of Biblical Literature, Religious Studies Review, Church History, and the Journal of Roman Studies. He is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (DeGruyter), and contributes to the Huffington Post, and most recently to Marginalia: Los Angeles Review of Books (see his article here).
Jefferson has developed a study abroad course on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. In addition to traveling to sites of holy pilgrimage, he is researching the rise of reliquary devotion associated with pilgrimage routes in early and medieval Christianity.
His book, Christ the Miracle Worker in Early Christian Art (Fortress Press, 2014) concerns the early images of the miracles of Jesus. His second book, a collection of essays including a chapter he authored, co-edited with Robin M. Jensen, entitled The Art of Empire: Christian Art in Its Imperial Context, was published in October 2015. He contributes to the Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity and the The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies. He also has a forthcoming chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art. (read about it here).
He won the Kirk Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011. He is also a Shohet Scholar, having won the Shohet Scholars Award from the International Catacomb Society in 2013. Prof. Jefferson is utilizing the grant along with Prof. Tom McCollough to explore the material evidence of the caves of Khirbet Qana in Israel.
File last updated: 9/7/2016
Judith Pointer Jia is H. W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill professor of art at Centre College where she has taught since 1998. She received a Kirk Teaching Excellence award in 2016.
As the head of the ceramics studio, Jia teaches all levels of ceramics as well as introductory drawing classes. Her experience teaching both drawing and ceramics extends back to graduate school at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where she was awarded instructor of record positions in both areas.
Jia’s artwork is created from fine porcelain and stoneware. Her forms are delicate slab constructions that are often closed and seem full of air. A variety of subtly colored glazes and stains envelop the forms. Her work has been chosen for exhibition and won awards in several national competitions including Prevailing Winds, Current Trends in Contemporary American Ceramics, at Young and Constantin Gallery in Wilmington, Vt., and the Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibit, at the Wichita Center for the Arts. A piece was recently shown at the Gaolin International Biennial Ceramic Exhibition at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China. She regularly exhibits her work at the Ann Tower Gallery in Lexington, Ky., and the Kentucky Museum of Art + Design in Louisville.
In 2004, Jia was awarded an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council which she used to fund travels in China. There she visited cities noted for their history of ceramic production, touring old kiln sites and contemporary artist’s studios. She also spoke with ceramic scholars with expertise in the ceramics of the Song and Yuan dynasties, eras whose ceramics Jia has long admired for their elegant forms and glazes.
Jia is also the coordinator of the AEGON Gallery, which is on campus.
File last updated: 6/26/17
Bruce K. Johnson is the James Graham Brown Professor of Economics at Centre College, a title he has held since 1992. He joined the college faculty in 1987.
He teaches econometrics, a subject in which he is contributing author for the current (7th) edition of a leading undergraduate textbook, Using Econometrics: A Practical Guide, by A.H. Studenmund. He will be co-author for the 8th and subsequent editions. He also regularly teaches core courses in economic principles and microeconomics and has taught a wide array of field courses, including industrial organization, urban economics, and the economics of sports.
His articles and reviews have been published in academic journals including, among others, Contemporary Economic Policy, Economic Inquiry, Southern Economic Journal, and Journal of Sports Economics, and in book chapters published by Oxford University Press, the Brookings Institution, Syracuse University Press, and others.
He is best known for his research using contingent valuation surveys to estimate the value of civic pride and other public goods sports produce for their communities, filling an important gap in our understanding of public policy issues surrounding subsidies to teams, athletes, and stadiums.
Reporters from media outlets around the nation regularly seek his views on sports economics topics. He has been interviewed by such organizations as ABCNews.com, CNNMoney.com, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Sacramento Bee, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and other newspapers on such topics as stadium economics, antitrust and sports, baseball labor strife, the economics of horse racing, and more.
Johnson has been a contributing columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, and his numerous opinion pieces applying economic analysis to current events have appeared in such newspapers as USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Charlotte Observer, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Johnson was visiting professor of economics at the University of Virginia in 2001-02 and again in 2010. During the 1993-94 academic year and during the spring semesters of 2001, 2006, and 2011 he served as resident director of Centre’s overseas program in London. He will direct the London program again in 2018.
He serves as a member of the Consensus Forecasting Group, the nonpartisan panel of economists charged with developing the official forecast of state government revenues for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
A magna cum laude graduate of Transylvania University, Johnson earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Virginia.
File last updated: 12/20/16
EXPERT: Economics of sports, including valuation of sports public goods such as civic and national pride; government subsides of stadiums, professional teams, Olympic teams, and mega-events; and sport labor markets.
Focuses on the economics of sports. His research has been published by Economic Inquiry, Contemporary Economic Policy, Journal of Sports Economics, the Brookings Institution, Syracuse University Press, and Oxford University Press. Special emphasis on valuing civic pride and other intangible benefits due to teams, stadiums, and athletic success. Placements include two USA Today columns, Boston Globe and Atlanta Journal-Constitution columns, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Business Week, Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan), Globe and Mail (Canada).
Serves as editor of the College alumni magazine and produces other print materials in support of recruitment and stewardship.
Diane has been a college writer and editor for more than 20 years, most of them at Centre. She graduated with distinction from the history honors program at the University of Virginia.
Rick joined Centre in 2012. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Rick is a graduate of Lafayette High School in Lexington and attended college at the University of Kentucky. Prior to coming to Centre, Rick retired after 25 years with the Division of Fire & EMS in Lexington as a Fire Captain/Paramedic. He also served as a Level One State of Kentucky Fire Instructor in the fields of EMS/Paramedic, Haz Mat Awareness, Aircraft Rescue-Firefighting, and Residential/Commerical Fire Inspections. Rick also owned a personal “Home Improvement” Business for 34 years.
A native of Lincoln County, Kathy joined Parsons Parsons Center for Student Health and Counseling in August 2004 as the Registered Nurse. She assumed the role of Director in the fall of 2008. She has a B.S. in Education from Eastern Kentucky University. After losing a friend to AIDS, she gained an appreciation for a skilled and compassionate nurse and chose to make a career change. After earning an Associate degree in Nursing from Midway College in 2000, she worked at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center as an RN in the Critical Care Unit and Emergency Room.
Provides administrative and production support for a range of Communications projects, and also helps manage departmental billing and budgets.
Mary Kay (Katie) began working at Centre in 2000 and is responsible for a variety of duties within the Communications Office. Some of her duties include updating sections of the website using WordPress, publication design and production using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, as well as a variety of administrative and organizational duties within the department.
Before coming to Centre, she worked as a graphic artist and photographer for a ceramics and craft manufacturing company.
Jane Joyce retired in 2012 as Luellen Professor Emerita of Classics. She joined Centre’s faculty in 1978.
A classical scholar with wide-ranging interests, Joyce regularly taught classes in Latin language and literature, ancient epic and lyric poetry, Greco-Roman drama, classical mythology, and creative writing. She played a key role in establishing Centre’s major in the classics and has played a leadership role in the college’s humanities program.
Her translation of Lucan’s Pharsalia was published by Cornell University Press (1993), and she has translated Catullus’ lyrics for a collection of Latin literature. Joyce is the author of Beyond the Blue Mountains, a narrative sequence of poems that has been presented several times at Centre in a readers’ theatre. She also has published The Quilt Poems (Mill Springs Press, 1984 and 1986, and Gnomon Press, 1991). Her translation and commentary on Statius’ epic, Thebaid—A Song of Thebes, was published by Cornell University Press in 2008.
Joyce has been honored at Centre with the designation as a Distinguished Professor of Humanities.
She holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in classics from the University of Texas at Austin.
To read an alumnus’s tribute to Dr. Joyce, click here.
To read “A Conversation with Jane Wilson Joyce” published upon her retirement in the summer 2012 issue of Centrepiece, click here.
File last updated: 5/1/13