Meet Central Faculty & Staff
Falling in Love with Literature
Assistant Professor of English Valerie Billing loves Shakespeare and demolition derbies.
Title: Associate Professor of Chemistry
Research with students: Synthesizing oxacalixarenes, or “molecular donuts”
His team: Five chemistry majors turned research assistants
You can find him: Peering into a microscope in a Vermeer Science Center chemistry lab
Title: Class Dean and Professor of Mathematics
Fun Fact: He takes actuarial exams to better prepare students.
Students Say: “Dr. Mills has the students’ best interest in mind at all times. Even after graduation, he has been willing to help with the exam process and material.” –Steven Grotzinger ’14
Title: Frank Moore Chair of Anthropolgy and Professor of Anthropology
Expert in:Political asylum and human rights issues
Previously taught at:University of Notre Dame and University of Maine
Title:Director of Academic Resources and Class Dean Expertise: “The Simpsons” episodes Responsibilities: Connecting students to campus resources and advising them on major decisions
Title: Ruth & Marvin Denekas Endowed Chair in Science and Humanities and Professor of Mathematics/Computer Science
Book: “A Concise Introduction to Programming in Python”
Advice for students: Learn about business and entrepreneurship at Central, too.
Title: Professor of Mathematics
Research Area: Sports analytics
Passions: Family, soccer and math
Ellen Du Pre
Title: Professor of Biology
Research: Studying the effects of triclosan on heart rate and metabolism
You can find her: Working with students to count the heart rates of zebrafish in Vermeer Science Center
Title: Senior Lecturer of History
Passion: American military history
Fun Fact: His classes often travel to American battlefields like Gettysburg and Antietam
Title: Assistant Professor of History
Fun Fact: The best part of being a historian? Travel! Olin lived in four countries while completing his dissertation — Austria, Hungary, Romania and Serbia — and served in Kyrgyzstan with the Peace Corps.