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.
Patten Mahler joined Centre as instructor of economics in 2014.
Her fields of interest include economics of education, labor economics, and public economics.
She received a B.S. in physics from Davidson College, an M.A. in economics from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia.
Daniel Manheim is professor of English at Centre College, where he has taught since 1991. He has held the Stodghill Professorship for English since 2007.
Manheim has a scholarly background in American literature, and he has taught Centre courses on major American writers, environmental literature, American autobiography, and the modern short story. He has pursued research on American historian and philosopher Henry Adams and poet Emily Dickinson, among others, and his articles have appeared in such publications as The New England Quarterly, ESQ, and Literary Imagination. He is on the board of directors of The Emily Dickinson International Society, and he edits the EDIS Bulletin.
Prior to joining the Centre faculty, Manheim was a visiting professor at Bard College and an instructor at Columbia University and Barnard College.
Manheim holds an A.B. from Amherst College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia.
File last updated: 3/18/14
EXPERT: American literature — The life and writings of Henry Adams — American autobiography
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.
Areas of responsibility include degree audits, applications for diplomas and degrees, certification of graduates, deans’ list and other academic honors, grade statistics, course catalog and schedule database management. Serves on Commencement Committee.
Adriana Martin joined Centre College’s admission team as an Admissions Fellow in 2017, and became admission counselor and coordinator of diversity recruitment in 2018. She is also the Spanish-speaking contact for prospective students. She works with students from Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, and Jefferson County, Ky.
Adriana graduated from Centre in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology/Sociology and Spanish, and recently conducted independent sociolinguistics research on identity formation among first generation latinos. She is a former staff member for the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program. Adriana grew up in Hawthorne, California.
Bob Martin is professor emeritus of economics at Centre College, where he has held a Boles Professorship since 1996. In 2005, he received the Kirk Award for excellence in teaching. He joined the Centre faculty in 1996 and taught previously in the graduate programs at Louisiana State University and the University of Texas-Arlington, where he was a professor and interim dean of the business school.
His specialty in graduate economic education was microeconomic theory and mathematical economics. Martin also worked as a corporate development manager and served as a senior executive in a publicly held firm where he was responsible for financial planning, budgeting, and mergers and acquisitions.
Martin has over thirty publications. The bulk of these publications are in academic journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Economic Inquiry, Southern Economic Journal, Applied Economics, and the Journal of Comparative Economics. He has published several chapters in books and has a new book forthcoming in 2005 dealing with the economics of higher education. His earlier work covered such topics as behavior under risk and uncertainty, recycling, externality regulation, medical economics, franchising, enrollment management, and tuition discounting.
Martin received a B.A. from Austin College, an M.A. from Texas Christian University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Methodist University.
File last updated: 7/8/13
Alex McAllister joined the Centre College faculty in 1999, and is H. W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Mathematics. In 2009, he received the Kirk Teaching Award, and has been honored as a Centre Scholar both in 2005 and in 2010. He has prior teaching experience as a visiting assistant professor at Dartmouth College and a graduate instructor at the University of Notre Dame. McAllister was also a research assistant at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
McAllister’s scholarly interests include mathematical logic and foundations, and computability theory. His articles have been published in the Archive for Mathematical Logic, the Journal of Symbolic Logic, and the Mathematical Logic Quarterly. In 2009, Oxford University Press published A Transition to Advanced Mathematics: A Survey Course, which McAllister co-authored with William Johnston of Randolph-Macon College.
McAllister holds a B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Pi Mu Epsilon.
File last updated: 8/29/13
EXPERT: Mathematical logic — Foundations and computability theory
Research interests in mathematical logic and foundations and computability theory. Articles published in Archive for Mathematical Logic and the Journal of Symbolic Logic.
Thomas McCollough retired as professor of religion and history at Centre College in 2017, where he had taught since 1980. He has held the Rodes Professorship since 2002. In 2009, he received the Kirk Teaching Award. In 2012, he was named Kentucky Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. In 2013, he was selected as the Annual Professor at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem and spent the spring of 2013 in residence. He has particular expertise in the history of Christianity and Christian thought, biblical history and archaeology, and the contemporary Middle East. He is the director of the Archaeological Excavations at Khirbet Qana (Cana of Galilee), and since 2008, he has been the program director for the Istanbul Program offered by the Kentucky Institute for International Studies.
Since 1985 McCollough has been the assistant director of archaeological digs in Sepphoris, Israel taking along a number of Centre students for summer excavations during this time. In 1992 and 1993, he and his students were part of a team that uncovered rare amulets at Sepphoris that are estimated to be around 2000 years old. At the beginning of 2002, McCollough also became the assistant director for the archaeological excavations of Khirbet Kana. He and fellow Centre professor, Beth Glazier-McDonald, have published scholarly articles about the amulets in Atiqot and Archaeological Odyssey.
McCollough is a co-editor, along with Douglas R. Edwards, of Archaeology and the Galilee: Text and Context in the Graeco-Roman and Byzantine Periods (Scholars Press, 1997). He also has published articles in academic journals including Studi Patristica and Religious Studies Review. McCollough has forthcoming books entitled Ancient Christian Commentary of the Book of Daniel and another co-edited book entitled The Archaeology of Difference. He recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to support his research and publication of the excavations at Sepphoris.
McCollough received a B.A. from the University of Florida, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He also has an M.Div. degree from Duke University.
File last updated: 9/11/14
EXPERT: Christianity and Christian thought — Biblical history — Contemporary Middle East — Archaeology in the Middle East
Expertise in the history of Christianity and Christian thought, Biblical history and archaeology, and the contemporary Middle East. An avid participant in archaeological digs in Israel, often taking Centre students. He and his students were part of a team that uncovered at Sepphoris rare amulets estimated to be around 2000 years old. Co-editor, along with Douglas R. Edwards, of Archaeology and the Galilee: Text and Context in the Graeco-Roman and Byzantine Periods (Scholars Press, 1997).
Morgan McKenzie joins the Center for Career & Professional Development on Sept. 17, 2014 as Employer Relations Specialist. In this newly-created role, Morgan will oversee all aspects of employer engagement for the Center for Career & Professional Development and will work to engage alumni, parents, and employers in establishing relationships dedicated to connecting students with internship and job opportunities. Morgan comes to us from the Graham Office of Career Management in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. Morgan has a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Kentucky, and is currently working toward her M.B.A. at Murray State University.
Crystal joined Centre College as a counselor August 2018. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 2006 and her Master of Social Work from Campbellsville University in 2015.
Crystal worked as a mental health counselor prior to coming to Centre. Crystal also has over 12 years of experience as a social worker, case manager, and administrator running to local nonprofit.
Kevin joined the Centre community in 1996 as Associate Director of Public Safety. In 2005 he was promoted to Director of Public Safety. He came to Centre from Berea College where he worked in the Public Safety Department for seven years. Kevin holds a B.A. in history from Berea, as well as a M.S. in criminal justice from Eastern Kentucky University.
Megan graduated from Centre in 2003 with a B.A. in Anthropology. In 2007, she joined Centre’s staff and in 2009 was promoted to director of alumni engagement. She is currently Director of Alumni & Family Engagement. Megan stays active on campus by serving as chair of the Human Resources Committee and director of the Creative Campus initiative. Locally, she serves as a board member for CASA of the Bluegrass and as an alumnae member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Megan and her husband, Kevin, reside in Danville, Ky.
Bicentennial Executive Committee Member (2017-Present)
Staff Congress President (2012 – 2013)
Staff Congress Member (2010 – 2014)
Human Resources Committee Member (2009 – Present)
Preston Miles is professor of chemistry at Centre College, where he has taught since 1981. He has held the Walkup Professorship of Chemistry since 1997, and has served as chair of the natural science program.
Miles is an analytical chemist who worked in research and development in private industry before joining the Centre faculty. He is deeply committed to getting Centre students involved in collaborative research. His research has focused on the development and application of methods for trace level analyses. Current projects include the determination of toxic heavy metals in woody plant materials, the determination of cortisol in urine and feces from both captive and wild wooly monkey populations, and most recently, the determination of PPCP’s in surface waters.
The PPCP compounds (pharmaceutical and personal care products) represent a category of potential environmental concern. Recent discoveries (Science News, April 2000, Environmental Science and Technology, February 2002) suggest that these compounds occur at levels and frequencies much higher than previously anticipated. Miles and his student collaborators are currently working on developing and validating sample preparation and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry methods for some of these compounds.
Miles has developed a number of successful grant proposals on behalf of the sciences at Centre. He holds a B.A. from Centre and earned a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Kentucky.
File last updated: 8/5/13
EXPERT: Analytical chemistry — Trace level analysis — Science education and importance of basic research
An analytical chemist who worked in research and development in private industry before joining the Centre faculty. Deeply committed to collaborative research bringing together students and faculty. Recent research with a Centre student investigating how temperature affects the solubility of a form of carbon molecule known as carbon 60 or C-60 (“fullerenes”). He has developed a number of successful grant proposals on behalf of the sciences at Centre.
Art Moore, who retired in 2013, joined the college in 1982 as assistant professor of mathematics. He led a team of inter-disciplinary faculty who initiated a program of study in computer science in the spring of 1984 and served as chair of the computer science program from 1984 to 1991.
In 1991, Moore was named director of computer services, which later became Information Technology Services. Over the next three years, he oversaw the implementation of the college’s first integrated administrative database. During this project, Moore also supervised the expansion of the college’s fledgling network, from the installation of an inter-building, fiber-optic backbone to the full-scale connection to the Internet. The expansion also included extension of the network into every permanent residence hall room on campus. He has continued active involvement in refinements to the network—voice over IP (VoIP) telecommunications and wireless connectivity—over the past several years.
As a member of the faculty, Moore remains active member of the computer science program. He advises students and has supervised a number of student internships in the computer science discipline. He currently serves as co-chair of the College’s ad hoc committee exploring the role of technology in the strategic planning process and is a continuing member of the Planning and Priorities Committee. He is also the faculty advisor of Centre Catholic Community.
Moore earned a B.S. with honors from the University of Florida and holds an M.Ed. from the same institution.
File last updated: 5/2/13
Sara Morency graduated from Centre College in 2016 with a BA in Sociology/ Anthropology. Sara came to Centre from Lowell, Mass., as a Posse Scholar and joined the Bonner Scholar Program on campus spring of her first-year. She had the opportunity to address her graduating class as a speaker at Honors Convocation. Her geographic territory includes Nashville, Memphis, and Chattanooga, Tenn., along with Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
file last updated:9/7/18