Meet the Professors

Portrait of a young Galileo  

Christopher M. Graney is professor of physics and astronomy at Jefferson Community & Technical College.  Graney, whose degrees are from the University of Dayton in physics and University of Virginia in astrophysics, also helps run the Otter Creek-South Harrison Observatory. He is the author of scholarly papers on subjects ranging from gas flows in clusters of galaxies to the physics of ping pong to the history of science. 

Professor Graney's work is featured in this September's Physics Today - click here (after clicking, scroll down the page to see the article).

     
Dr. Jasmine Farrier  

Jasmine Farrier, who grew up in Brooklyn, New York, became interested in political science as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. In graduate school, she studied American political development at the University of Texas at Austin and received her Ph.D. in 2000.  She has been teaching at the University of Louisville for the past 12 years. Her books include Congressional Ambivalence: The Political Burdens of Constitutional Authority and Passing the Buck: Congress, the Budget, and Deficits

 
     
Dr. A.T. Simpson Jr.  

Dr. Alexander T. Simpson Jr. is an associate professor at Bellarmine University where he directs the Bellarmine Chorale and the University’s Handbell Ensembles.  Simpson received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, his master’s degree from Converse College and his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.  He is the artistic director of the Black Classical Artists of Louisville, an ensemble that specializes in the performance of music by African-American classical composers, and the assistant director of the Southern Region of the National Association of Negro Musicians. He also serves as the choral director of Kentucky’s Governor’s School for the Arts, where he just celebrated his 25th year as part of this nationally–recognized program.

 
     
Zan Sawyer-Dailey  

Zan Sawyer-Dailey, associate director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, in her 28th year with the company, coordinates artistic resources and personnel, including casting for all productions and readings. A master teacher for the Apprentice Company as well as at University of Louisville, she holds a B.A. in theatre arts from Butler University and an M.F.A. in arts administration from Florida State University.

     
Paul Cappiello  

Dr. Paul Cappiello -- plant researcher, author, photographer, plant explorer and international lecturer -- holds a bachelor's degree in environmental planning and design from Rutgers University and a master's degree and doctorate in horticulture from the University of Illinois.

     
Dr. Patty Payette  

Dr. Patty Payette is director of the Ideas to Action initiative and an associate director at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Louisville. She has taught a variety of courses at the college level -- including women and literature, multicultural fiction, the coming-of-age genre and writing and composition. 

She earned her Ph.D. in 2001 from the Department of English at Michigan State University. In her current role at UofL, Payette works with faculty and academic departments across the campus to strengthen student learning and foster innovative teaching practices in the classroom.  

 
     
 

Dr. Douglas Shadle (Ph.D., M.A., Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music History at the University of Louisville, where he currently teaches courses for general undergraduates, music majors, and graduate music students.

A specialist in American classical music, Shadle's other research interests include sacred music, African American music, the Gregorian chant revival, and French modernism.

 
     
Dr. William C. Schrader  

Dr. William C. Schrader (Ph.D., History, The Catholic University of America) is a native Louisvillian and retired professor of history, whose focus is the Early Modern (c.1350 to 1800) period of European History. He formerly taught at Tennessee Technological University and is a current teacher for Bellarmine University’s Veritas Program.

 
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