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Centre College announces tenure and promotions


April 18, 2013 By Amy Clark Wise, Assistant Director of Communications for Public Relations and Marketing       
Connolly Allison Connolly
Heath Jeffrey Heath
Kinkade John Kinkade ’95
Perry John Perry ’00
Axtell Rick Axtell
McAllister Alex McAllister

The Centre College Board of Trustees met on campus April 11-12, 2013, for its annual spring meeting, during which tenure and promotions were approved.

The following faculty members were awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor: Dr. Allison Connolly, assistant professor of French; Dr. Jeffrey Heath, assistant professor of mathematics; Dr. John Kinkade, assistant professor of English; and Dr. John Perry, assistant professor of economics.

Connolly joined Centre’s faculty in 2007 as assistant professor of French. In 2009 she received the Kirk Teaching Award, which has honored excellent teachers at Centre since 1996, and in 2011 Connolly was named a Centre Scholar, an honor that recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarly work, and contributions to the College community. Before coming to Centre, Connolly was a teaching fellow and course coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she taught English at L’Universite de Montpellier III. Connolly holds a B.A. from Hollins University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Heath joined Centre’s faculty in 2007 as assistant professor of mathematics. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2011. Heath graduated from Georgetown College with a B.S. in mathematics. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied mathematics and scientific computation at the University of Maryland, where he served as a teaching fellow in the mathematics department.

Kinkade joined Centre’s faculty in 2006 as an assistant professor of English. In 2010, he was named a Centre Scholar. Prior to joining Centre’s faculty, he taught at the Texas Military Institute, the University of Texas at Austin, and in the Naples, Fla., community schools. Kinkade holds a B.A. from Centre College (1995), and he earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English literature at the University of Texas at Austin.

Perry joined Centre’s faculty in 2007 as assistant professor of economics, and he was named a Centre Scholar in 2010. He is an applied microeconomist with an active research agenda whose primary areas of expertise are labor and health economics. Before coming to Centre, Perry was staff economist for the Legislative Research Commission of the Kentucky General Assembly. He holds an economics degree from Centre (2000) and earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in economics at the University of Kentucky.

The following faculty members were promoted to full professor: Dr. Alex McAllister, associate professor of mathematics, and Dr. Rick Axtell, Paul L. Cantrell, associate professor of religion.

McAllister joined the Centre College faculty in 1999 as assistant professor of mathematics. In 2009, he received the Kirk Teaching Award, and he 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 computability theory, and mathematical logic and foundations. His articles have been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals. He 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.

Axtell is the College chaplain and Paul L. Cantrell Associate Professor of Religion. He initially taught at Centre during 1992-93 and returned to the College in 1995. In 2008, Axtell was named a Centre Scholar.

Concerned about issues of hunger and homelessness, Axtell has studied hunger, sustainable development and/or liberation theology in Bangladesh, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico and Nicaragua, and he has studied homelessness and homeless shelters in major American cities. Axtell has also studied religion and violence in Latin America, most recently with a human rights delegation to Colombia.

Axtell holds a B.A. degree from Mississippi College. He earned M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he has completed other advanced studies at the University of Notre Dame.



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