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Andrea Abrams

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Interim Associate Vice President for Diversity Initiatives • Associate Professor of Anthropology • Chair of the Gender Studies Program, Anthropology, African and African American Studies, and Gender Studies
Academic Affairs
Old Centre
600 W. Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422
Phone: 859.238.5267
Biography

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

Katherine Andrews

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Sponsored Research Specialist
Academic Affairs
Old Centre
600 W. Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422
Phone: 859.238.5212
Biography

Katherine Andrews joined Centre’s Academic Affairs team in 2018, after serving in a progression of roles from Research Scientist to VP Strategic Integration in the biotechnology and government sectors.  Earning her B.A. in Biology at Lake Forest College and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at University of Illinois, she did post-doctoral work in neurobiology and taught genetics and molecular biology at Washington University in St. Louis before moving to the private sector.  Her technical experience includes computational chemistry, microbial biochemistry, genomics, and systems biology, with applications to drug discovery, diagnostics, bio-based materials from algae, and cleaner energy.

Before coming to Centre, Andrews wrote and co-developed proposals totaling more than $175 million in federal funding and co-founded the DOE Joint Bioenergy Institute in Emeryville, California.  She now works with Centre faculty and staff to identify funding sources and write competitive proposals for individual and collaborative faculty research programs, undergraduate research, and other scholarly activities.

Email: Katherine.andrews@centre.edu, phone (859) 238-5212

Marsha Crowe

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Executive Administrative Assistant
Academic Affairs
Old Centre
600 W. Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422
Phone: 859.238.5226
Biography

Brian Cusato


SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT • PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY AND BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE

Academic Affairs

Old Centre

600 W. Walnut Street

Danville, KY 40422

Phone: 859.238.5226

Email: b.cusato@centre.eduude.ertnec@otasuc.bINTERNET

Biography

Brian Cusato joined Centre’s faculty in 2006 as assistant professor of psychology, and became an associate professor and Centre Scholar in 2009. In 2018, Cusato was promoted to the rank of full professor and named interim vice president of academic affairs and dean of the College.  Prior to serving as interim vice president of academic affairs and dean of the College, Cusato was named associate dean of the college in 2016.

Dr. Cusato’s research interests concern the behavioral mechanisms of learning in animals. He is most interested in adaptive specializations in learning, and the integration of biological, comparative, and evolutionary approaches to the study of learned behavior. Most of his experiments investigate how learning occurs in the sexual behavior system, and how animals learn about the species typical cues they experience during naturally occurring social interactions. This is a novel approach to the study of learning—general enough to apply across species, yet specific enough to reflect the evolutionary history and genetics of particular species and individuals. The work is revealing sex differences in learned behavior and the importance of learning in ecologically relevant social situations. 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: 8/2/13

Ellen Goldey

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

Old Centre

600 W. Walnut Street

Danville, KY 40422

Phone: 859.238.5226

Email: ellen.goldey@centre.eduINTERNET

Biography

Ellen Goldey is Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the College at Centre College.

Prior to joining Centre, she had been Dean of the College of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College (WHC) of Florida Atlantic University. Over her impressive career, Goldey has built a record of accomplishment both in and outside of the classroom, earning a reputation as a teacher-scholar and administrator who places a premium on creating a collaborative, creative and inclusive culture.

Most recently, she has tackled issues of enrollment, diversity and resource development at WHC as part of an open and transparent long-range strategic planning initiative.

“What impresses me above all else,” said Centre President John Roush, “is Ellen’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences. Her strengths in teaching, scholarship and administrative service serve our campus well.”

A published expert in the field of developmental neurotoxicology who worked as a toxicologist with the EPA prior to her academic career, Goldey is also a sought-after guest speaker on the topics of STEM education and science curriculum reform.

Goldey’s passion for the liberal arts began as a student at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where she earned her B.S. in biology. After her undergraduate studies, Goldey returned to her hometown of Oxford, Ohio, where she completed her graduate work at Miami University, earning an M.S. in zoology and Ph.D. in zoology and ecology.

She eventually served for two decades on the faculty at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. There, she earned tenure, served as chair of the biology department and was appointed the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Biology.

Beyond being highly passionate, Goldey describes herself as a “fierce advocate” for the liberal arts.

In testimony  before the Florida Senate’s Education Committee, she explained that challenging societal issues “like poverty, injustice and climate change cannot be resolved by any single field of study or simplified approach. Because these problems are complex,” she said, “they demand breadth of knowledge, contextual understanding and active engagement with people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.”

Goldey’s many honors include leadership fellowships with PULSE (Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education) and SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities).

While at Wofford, she was honored as faculty member of the year, won the Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from the Association of African American Students and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also helped secure outside grant funding totaling nearly $1.5 million from sources such as the National Science Foundation, Teagle Foundation and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

In addition to 10 research publications on toxicology in peer-reviewed journals, Goldey has dozens of invited presentations and workshops to her credit, and on topics such as leadership for equity and inclusion in STEM, embedding high-impact practices in science courses, pluralism as a goal for the global century, and using big problems to reveal the big picture.

Goldey has also participated in program reviews at numerous colleges, including Allegheny, Beloit, Grinnell, Kenyon and Meredith.

 

Mary Gulley

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Assistant Dean for Advising • Assistant Professor of Psychology • Academic and Disability Services
Academic Affairs
Old Centre
600 W. Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422
Phone: 859.238.5223
Biography

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

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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.

Alex McAllister

ASSOCIATE DEAN • H. W. STODGHILL, JR. AND ADELE H. STODGHILL PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS

Old Centre

600 W. Walnut Street

Danville, KY, 40422

Phone: 859.238.5205

Email: alex.mcallister@centre.edu

Biography

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.

Email: alex.mcallister@centre.edu

File last updated: 7/1/19

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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.

Rita Rogers

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Senior Administrative Assistant
Academic Affairs
Old Centre
600 W. Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422
Phone: 859.238.5343
Biography

 

Alycia Tidrick

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Academic Enrichment Specialist
Academic Affairs
Old Centre
600 W. Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422
Phone: 859.238.5341
Biography

Alycia Tidrick joined the Academic Affairs office in 2019 as Academic Enrichment Specialist. Previously, she served the Student Life Staff advising Centre’s ten fraternities and sororities and coordinates New Student Orientation. Alycia earned her bachelors degree in psychology from DePauw University and her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the Ohio State University. She is originally from Lexington, Ky.