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.
Danielle La Londe is an associate professor of Classics. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. She received the Kirk Award for excellence in teaching in 2019.
She teaches Latin language and literature, and a wide range of courses on classical antiquity, including Pompeii, and the reception of classical antiquity in film, and the first-year humanities sequence. In 2017, she took students to Italy for her CentreTerm course on ancient Rome. Her research focuses on political thought in Latin poetry of the late republic through the age of Nero. She is currently writing a commentary of Vergil’s pastoral poems, the Eclogues, for Dickinson College Commentaries, and an article on the influence of Virgil’s Georgics on the pastoral poetry of the Neronian poet, Calpurnius Siculus.
File last updated: 7/15/19
Isabella La Rocca joined the Centre College faculty as assistant professor of art in 2017.
LaRocca is an artist working primarily with photography and motion pictures. Her work is part of a long tradition in photography: to bring to light and find beauty in the hidden, unconscious, commonplace, and disregarded. Awards for her work include the Ferguson Grant from the Friends of Photography in San Francisco for excellence and commitment to the field of photography. Her photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States including a solo show at the Center for Photography in Woodstock, N.Y.
La Rocca earned a B.A. in fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.F.A. in photography from Indiana University.
File last updated: 8/25/17
Michael Lamar joined the Centre College faculty in 2016 as assistant professor of mathematics.
Lamar earned a B.S. in physics, a B.A. in mathematics and economics, and an M.Sc. in mechanical engineering from Washington University; an M.Sc. in applied and computational mathematics from Johns Hopkins University; and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Brown University.
File last updated: 8/3/2016
Robbie has over 20 years in the HVAC field and has been a key member of the Facilities Management team. His experience and commitment to Centre College are greatly appreciated.
Jack joined the Student Life Office in July, 2019. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Jack earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Eckerd College and his master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies: Higher Education Administration from Boston University. As the Director of Campus Activities and Leadership Programming, he oversees the Campus Center, including managing the reservation system and supervising the Campus Center student staff. Additionally, he oversees leadership programming and serves as the advisor for the Student Activities Council (SAC).
Jamey works with donors and their advisors to design deferred and estate gifts that best suit their personal and financial goals. He also serves as the College’s general counsel and teaches the occasional class during the College’s three-week CentreTerm. Jamey earned his law degree from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington in 1995. He and his wife, Beth Braswell Leahey ’92, have two children, Patrick ’19 and Kate.
File last updated: 5/1/13
Higher education law — Judicial politics — Hawaiian separatist movement — Long-term philanthropy — Charitable-giving legislation — Congressional charitable-giving reforms — Law school admission
Pre-law advisor for students contemplating and preparing for law school and legal careers. Teaches classes related to law, jurisprudence, and the judicial system. Works with donors and financial advisors to design deferred and estate gifts. In-house attorney for Centre College.
William R. Levin is professor emeritus of art history at Centre College, where he taught from 1986 to 2010.
An art historian with wide-ranging interests, Professor Levin taught courses and seminars covering the entire chronology of the Western artistic tradition. During the years in which he was actively engaged in teaching, students frequently commended the depth, logic, clarity, and enthusiasm of his instruction, and the humanity that he demonstrated as a mentor. He has particular expertise in Italian art and architecture—its styles and symbolism—from 1100 to 1650, benefiting considerably from personal experience and first-hand observations made during the period 1976-81, when he lived and taught in Italy. Professor Levin’s familiarity with Italian art has been enhanced by numerous subsequent visits and residencies there. Both at home and in Italy, he has continued his long-standing research into the art and history of Late-Medieval and Renaissance philanthropic institutions principally in Central Italy and, more generally, his study of works of art dealing with the concept of charity. Concurrently he has been exploring the integrated program of sculpture articulating the exteriors of the several buildings clustered on Florence’s Piazza del Duomo.
Over the years Professor Levin has delivered a number of highly specialized papers on, among other topics, institutional philanthropy in Italy, representations of charity, and the sculptures of the Florentine ecclesiastical center, both at other colleges and universities and as a frequent participant at professional conferences, including annual meetings of the International Congress on Medieval Studies, the Southeastern College Art Conference, the Midwest Art History Society, the Medieval Association of the Midwest, the South-Central Renaissance Conference, the Renaissance Society of America, and the College Art Association. He is currently working on a series of scholarly articles on these themes, fifteen of which have appeared to date in various juried academic journals and thematic anthologies, and he has published a book on the art and history of the Florentine Confraternity of Mercy, a major beneficent foundation, that attracted several favorable peer reviews. A two-term former director of the Southeastern College Art Conference and former member of the editorial board of its annual scholarly journal, Professor Levin has also chaired and served on various committees within that organization as well as on others within the Italian Art Society, and for over a decade and a half he was a reader for the high-school advanced placement examination in art history for the College Board and the Educational Testing Service. He was nominated and selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in America beginning in 2008 and Who’s Who in the World beginning in 2009, and honored with the Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Award for Exemplary Achievement at the 2010 meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference. In 2013, with an endowment funded in perpetuity, the latter organization established the William R. Levin Award for Research in the History of Art, a generous cash prize granted annually to one or more applicant members of the Southeastern College Art Conference (officially renamed SECAC in 2017) to encourage, recognize, and aid in furthering their scholarly pursuits.
Professor Levin is the author of Images of Love and Death in Late Medieval and Renaissance Art (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 1976), and The Allegory of Mercy at the Misericordia in Florence: Historiography, Context, Iconography, and the Documentation of Confraternal Charity in the Trecento (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2004). For the latter book, he received the Southeastern College Art Conference’s 2004 Award for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication. In addition, on a number of occasions Professor Levin has been invited by leading academic journals to assess volumes authored by other scholars pertaining to his areas of expertise, most recently Michele Tomasi’s Le arche dei santi: Scultura, religione e politica nel Trecento veneto (Études lausannoises d’histoire de l’art, vol. 13), Rome: Viella, 2012, his review of which appears in Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies, vol. 88, no. 4 (October 2013), pp. 1179-1181. Recently, too, he has turned to the topic of nineteenth-century American architecture, authoring a booklet on a local National Historic Landmark titled Jacobs Hall, Kentucky School for the Deaf, Danville, Kentucky (Danville, KY: Jacobs Hall Museum, 2014).
Professor Levin earned a B.A. in history from Northwestern University, where he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the history of art from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the Centre College faculty, he was assistant professor of art history at Mankato State University in Minnesota. He now holds an ad-hoc appointment to the graduate faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville.
To read about Professor Levin’s receipt of the Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Award for Exemplary Achievement at the 2010 meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference, click here. For the video recording of his panel presentation along with further discussion held at that organization’s meeting the following year, in which he succinctly outlines his philosophy on effective teaching and mentoring, click here and then type “Levin” into the search bar, click the “Show All Content” button, then the large icon bearing the title “The Art of Education,” and finally the new “Show All Content” button. To access the text only of Professor Levin’s panel presentation, click here.
File last updated: 3/1/18
Chantell Smith Limerick joined the Centre College faculty in 2016 and is assistant professor of Spanish.
Limerick’s research interests include Contemporary Latin American Narrative, Afro-Hispanic Studies and African Diaspora Studies. Her most recent presentations and publications investigate African diasporic writers from as early as the 16th century to contemporary times. Her dissertation project, entitled “(Re)writing the Nation in the American African Diaspora,” compares and contrasts works of historical fiction written by women of color in the U.S. and Latin America.
Limerick earned a B.S. in secondary education language arts and secondary education Spanish at The University of Alabama, an M.A. in Hispanic studies at Auburn University, and a Ph.D. in romance languages at the University of Georgia.
File last updated: 6/26/17
Philip Lockett is professor of physics at Centre College. He has taught full-time at Centre since 1990 and had prior teaching assignments at the college from 1971-72 and 1980-84. In 2005 he received the Kirk Award for teaching excellence.
Dr. Lockett performs research in the field of astrophysics. He theoretically models astrophysical masers. These are intense beams of radio waves that are the radio frequency analog of lasers. Astrophysical masers are produced in a number of different astrophysical environments, such as star-forming regions, circumstellar envelopes of dying red giant stars, and supernova remnants. Successful modeling of the masers allows the physical conditions in these regions to be discovered. His research has involved Centre students.
He has received grants from the Kentucky Space Grant Consortium and Kentucky EPSCoR to purchase computer hardware and software essential for the conduct of his research. He has presented the results of his research at meetings of the American Astronomical Society and the Kentucky Association of Physics Teachers. He has published the results of his maser research in the Astrophysical Journal.
He received his B.A. in physics from Centre College, an M.S.E. degree in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Kentucky. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
To read about Dr. Lockett’s published work, click here.
File last updated: 5/1/13
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Sophia earned her Bachelor of Arts in global management leadership at Earlham College in 2019 and joined the Student Life office as the Coordinator of Community Service and the Bonner Program in July. In this position, she helps the Bonner students develop their leadership potential as well as support the campus-wide community engagement efforts. Sophia was a Bonner Scholar at Earlham and did an internship at the Bonner Foundation.
Provides support for a range of Communications efforts, including news, marketing, and publication projects.
Cindy has worked at Centre since 2001. She holds a B.A. in journalism from Indiana University and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.
Anne Lubbers is professor of biology at Centre College, where she has taught since 1993.
A plant ecologist, Lubbers has special expertise on factors affecting seed production. Her work has been published in professional journals, including the American Journal of Botany and Ecology.
Lubbers provides her Centre students opportunities for collaborative research. For the last five years she has studied reproductive success in wild ginseng. One or two students work with her each summer as they visit eight forest populations throughout Kentucky of this increasingly uncommon species. One of those students, Karen Trowbridge, subsequently was awarded third place in the biology poster competition at the joint annual meeting of the Tennessee and Kentucky Academy of Sciences in the fall of 2001. This summer Lubbers will continue the process of studying how soil conditions, sunlight, and pollination affect the plant’s ability to produce seed.
Lubbers says of such field work for students: “Whatever field our students go on to pursue, they gain some really important basic skills in this program—how to be organized in collecting data, the importance of being careful when recording numbers or doing lab work, how to interpret the information obtained, how to use a computer for graphing and—especially—how to think logically and concisely.”
Lubbers is a member of the Botanical Society of America, the Kentucky Native Plant Society, the Ecological Society of America, and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society. She holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Ph.D. from Duke University.
File last updated: 8/5/13
Botany — Plant reproductive ecology — Invasive plants
A plant ecologist with expertise on factors affecting seed production in native plants. Articles published in the American Journal of Botany. Regularly involves her Centre students in collaborative research. Most recent work is on American ginseng; Lubbers and her students are studying how water availability, sunlight, and pollination affect the plant’s ability to produce seed. Interested in invasive plants and teaches one biannual course on plant-herbivore interactions.
Dr. Mark Lucas, a three-decade veteran of Centre classrooms and mainstay of the English program, has been named the 2013 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Kentucky Professor of the Year—though anyone who has taken a class with him would not be surprised. Search the 2013 news archives for the complete story.
Mark Lucas has been the Jobson Professor of English at Centre College since 1999, where he has taught since 1981. His specialty in Southern literature has led to such Lucas traditions as the Grit Lit Barbecue and the annual senior-seminar pilgrimage to Faulkner’s birthplace.
Lucas has received Centre’s Hughes, Kirk and Panhellenic awards for excellence in teaching. He also has won a Sears Foundation Teaching Prize, an NEH Fellowship, and the Hartsell Award for teaching at the University of North Carolina.
Lucas is the author of The Southern Vision of Andrew Lytle (Louisiana State University Press, 1987) and editor of Home Voices: A Sampler of Southern Writing (University Press of Kentucky, 1991). He contributed to Fifty Southern Writers after 1900 (Greenwood Press, 1987) and the Companion to Southern Literature (Louisiana State University Press, 1998).
A 1975 graduate of Centre, Lucas holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also an alt-country songwriter who has released four CDs with the now-defunct group BILLYBLUES. His most recent release was a solo project entitled Uncle Bones.
File last updated: 5/2/13
EXPERT: Southern literature, including William Faulkner — Kentucky literature — Contemporary songwriting
Author of The Southern Vision of Andrew Lytle (Louisiana State University Press, 1987) and editor of Home Voices: A Sampler of Southern Writing (University Press of Kentucky, 1991). Contributor to Fifty Southern Writers After 1900 (Greenwood Press, 1987) and The Companion to Southern Literature (LSU Press, 2001). Scholarly interest and expertise in Southern literature, especially Faulkner. Recipient of several teaching awards. Personal interest in Americana music.