Academic Program at Centre College
Sarah Lashley joined the faculty and staff of Centre College in 2012 as director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and assistant professor of environmental studies.
Prior to joining the Centre College community, she taught in the Environmental Studies Program and Department of Sociology at Colby College in Waterville, Maine as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Human Rights. She has also served as an environmental education Peace Corps volunteer in northeastern Ukraine and worked as an instructional consultant for the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan.
Her primary research interests are in the areas of collaborative problem-solving, conflict management, environmental inequality, and faculty development. She is particularly interested in identifying and understanding the factors that promote and hinder collaboration. Current projects include: assessing the variations within small college and university faculty development centers, which may be masked by virtue of our institutional banners, that have the potential to influence collaboration; and, understanding how the characteristics of environmental justice conflicts have bearing on the structure, management, and functioning of collaborative processes.
At Centre, she teaches environmental conflict management, alternative dispute resolution, urban sustainability, environmental justice, and introductory sociology courses.
She earned her M.S and Ph.D. degrees in natural resources and environment from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. with honors in environmental studies from Allegheny College.
File last updated: 11/03/14
Sarah Murray is an associate professor of education at Centre.
Prior to joining Centre’s faculty in 2006, Murray was support assistant to the Committee for Mathematics Achievement, a state level committee. She has taught at the secondary and college levels for several years. She has worked with teachers and students as a K-12 mathematics resource coordinator, and with the Appalachian Math and Science Partnership.
She received her B.A. in mathematics from Western Kentucky University, an M.A. in mathematics education from Eastern Kentucky University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kentucky.
To read about Murray’s published work, click here.
File last updated: 8/6/13
Plummer joined the Centre faculty in 1996. She teaches Practicum & Introduction to Education, The Autism Puzzle, The Superhero: A Moral Model, and Voices of Diversity in the Classroom. She has also served as chair of the education program. Plummer retired in 2018.
She was the longtime faculty advisor for the LIFT program (“Learning Is Fun Together”), in which Centre’s education majors prepared and facilitated an evening enrichment program for local fourth- and fifth-grade students. She has also served as the teacher educator for the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program committees of numerous first-year teacher interns in Boyle County and Danville, Kentucky elementary/middle schools. Her invited book chapter, “Line Graphing Skills and Attitudes of College Biology Nonmajors” was published in the international book, Fostering Scientific Habits of Mind: Pedagogical Knowledge and Best Practices in Science Education. Her work with a local elementary teacher and Centre student teacher, “Linking Science and Literacy” on the integration of science with children’s literature was published in Science Activities.
Plummer holds a B.S. in biology from Texas Wesleyan University, an M.A. in biology and a life teaching certificate for biology, physical, and life/earth science from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. in science education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
File last updated: 07/05/18
EXPERT: Science education
Extensive experience teaching science at the junior high, high school and college level. Teaches introductory classes on education, autism, and diversity. Served as faculty sponsor for the L.I.F.T. program (“Learning Is Fun Together”), in which Centre’s education majors taught an evening enrichment program for designated fourth- and fifth-grade students. Publications in Science and Children, Science Activities, and Reading Horizons.
Ellen Prusinski joined the Centre College faculty and staff in 2014 as coordinator of engaged and experiential learning and assistant professor of education. She supports the development and coordination of various experiential learning practices on campus, including community based learning. She returned to teaching full-time in 2018.
She has worked in a variety of educational settings, including community organizations and policy institutions in the U.S., high schools and universities in China, and nongovernmental organizations in Indonesia. Her primary research interests are in gender and education, nonformal and community based learning, and international education studies, particularly in Asia. She is especially interested in the role of community knowledge both inside and outside of the classroom and in issues of educational equity among groups historically excluded from formal education.
She earned her M.P.A. and her Ph.D. in education policy studies from Indiana University, where her Fulbright-supported dissertation focused on the educational processes surrounding women’s transnational labor migration in Indonesia. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, where she majored in German and Political Science.