ACADEMIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
Academic Affairs office staff help in a variety of ways, from academic advising and ensuring a diverse faculty, staff, and student body; to oversight of academic programs and support for faculty members.
In addition to academic affairs, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College has oversight for the Centre for Career & Professional Development, the Center for Global Citizenship, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Diversity Affairs, Grace Doherty Library, Information Technology Services (including telecommunications), and the Registrar.
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS STAFF LISTING
Andrea Abrams came to Centre in 2007 as Centre’s first Consortium for Faculty Diversity at Liberal Arts Colleges Postdoctoral Fellow, and became assistant professor of anthropology in 2009. She was promoted to associate professor in 2014. In 2018, she was named interim associate vice president for diversity initiatives
She is the author of God and Blackness: Race, Gender and Identity in a Middle Class Afrocentric Church (NYU Press, 2014). She led a study-abroad trip to Ghana during CentreTerm 2013, and will co-teach Spring Term in London, England in 2015. Before coming to Centre, Abrams taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, Emory University, Agnes Scott College, and Spelman College. Her research focuses on racial and gender issues in the South.
Abrams has a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Agnes Scott College. She earned a M.A. in anthropology, a graduate certificate in women’s studies, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Emory University.
File last updated: 6/27/18
Brian Cusato joined Centre’s faculty in 2006 as assistant professor of psychology, and he became an associate professor and Centre Scholar in 2009. In 2016, Cusato was named associate dean of the College. For the 2018-19 academic year, he will serve as interim vice president of academic affairs and dean of the College.
Cusato’s research interests concern the behavioral mechanisms of learning in animals. He is most interested in adaptive specializations in learning, as well as the integration of biological, comparative and evolutionary approaches to the study of learned behavior. Cusato’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, and findings from his experiments have been published in numerous journals including Animal Learning and Behavior, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Behavioural Processes, The International Journal of Comparative Psychology, and Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.
Cusato received a B.A. in psychology from Muhlenberg College, a master’s degree from Bucknell University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
File last updated: 05/16/18
Mary Gulley joined the faculty of Centre College in 2004 as assistant professor of psychology.
Gulley’s areas of specialty include social psychology, interpersonal communication, social and personality development, and life span development. Her research has been published in the Journal of Social Issues, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships.
Gulley holds B.A. degrees in biological sciences and psychology from Transylvania University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in experimental psychology from the University of Louisville.
To read about Dr. Gulley’s CentreTerm course on Alfred Hitchcock, click here.
File last updated: 5/2/13