20 Questions: A sketch of Centre associate dean and math professor Bill Johnston

RELEASED: March 2, 2006

Bill Johnston at the Temple Mount/Dome of the Rock with wife Susan and daughter Katie in 2000; and on a cross-country biking trip in Wales with students Jayan Eder, Caleb Judge and Scott Hunt, 1999.

DANVILLE, KY— 1. Position/title:  Associate Dean and Stodghill Professor of Mathematics

2. Hometown: I grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C., and have lived in Danville for 18 years.

3. Career highlight: Being able to help students when they need and deserve support at Centre.

4. Signature classes: "Complex Analysis," "Integration Theory"

5. Recent publication/exhibition/performance: I am currently developing a textbook with Alex McAllister titled Answering Fundamental Questions: An Introduction to Mathematics. It's for a survey course in mathematics, taught at the sophomore level.

6. Family details: Married to Susan, daughter Katie is 13

7. Hobbies: Golf, crossword puzzles, reading

8. Pets: A black lab Roxie and a cat Tiger

9. Prized possession: My Ph.D. diploma—it feels like, "I earned it."

10. Last book read: Luke Timothy Johnson's The Creed.

11. Memorable trip/vacation: To Jerusalem in February 2000.

12. Favorite movies: Casablanca; Back to the Future; Life Is Beautiful

13. Favorite album:Hereford Cathedral's Anglican Chants of selected Psalms (I know it’s not everyone’s favorite, but it features a magnificent choir performing in a musical setting that is important to me.)

14. Favorite food: Steak

15. Favorite smell: Homemade bread

16. Person you most admire: Besides Christ, a tie between Abe Lincoln and St. Paul

17. Living figure you'd most like to meet: Besides Christ, Bill Clinton

18. Historical figure you'd most like to meet: Besides Christ, Winston Churchill

19. What would you be doing if you weren't teaching at Centre: Teaching somewhere else.

20. Describe yourself in three words: Logical, optimistic, purposeful


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