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.
Carol Maddox joined the development staff as secretary in October 2011. She is currently the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Legal Affairs and Gift Planning and also provides secondary support to the Associate Director of Alumni & Family Engagement and for Commencement. Carol worked in classified advertising at the Advocate Messenger and as a supervisor and assistant manager at Peeble’s Department store. She was also a loan input clerk at Farmers National Bank. Carol’s husband Randy works at Centre as an electrician.
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.
Karoline Manny received her Ph.D. in Medieval and Renaissance Spanish literature from University of Kentucky in 1995 and her M.L.I.S. from the University of South Florida in 2009. She was an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Rollins College before changing careers to become a librarian. At Centre, as in her previous library positions at Midway University and Seminole State College, she carries on her love of teaching by serving as an Information Literacy Instruction and Assessment Librarian. When she’s not teaching, Karoline enjoys painting, nature photography, hiking with her husband and playing with her dogs.
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 assistant director for 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 and joined the Dean’s office in 2019 as associate dean. 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: 7/1/19
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.
Byron McCane joined the Centre College faculty in 2019 as professor of religion.
Before coming to Centre, he taught at Duke, W&L, and Wofford. His research explores the archaeology of religion, and he has excavated in Israel, Jordan, and Rome. Currently he co-directs the excavation at Horvat Kur in northern Israel.
McCane holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Illinois, and a Th.M. and Ph.D. in the academic study of religion from Duke University.
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).
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.
Nathan Meissner joined the Centre College faculty in 2019 as visiiting assistant professor of anthropology.
Meissner’s research and teaching interests include material culture, complex societies, Mesoamerica, North America, economic anthropology, colonialism, social network analysis, long-distance exchange, lithic analysis, quantitative methods, and semiotics.
Meissner earned a B.A. in anthropology from St. Cloud University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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 held the Walkup Professorship of Chemistry from 1997 until his retirement in 2019, 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: 03/27/19
EXPERT: Trace and Ultratrace Determinations in Environmental Matrices
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.
Rahim Mohamed joined the Centre College faculty in 2019 as visiting assistant professor of international studies.
Mohamed’s teaching and research interests include comparative political economy, social policy and welfare states, varieties of capitalism, oil and politics, development and change, Canadian politics, and qualitative and mixed methods.
Mohamed earned a B.A. in political science from the University of British Columbia, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.