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Catawba College's Retiring President Honored with Establishment of New Fund

May 20, 2008

Category: Academics, Faculty

The Catawba College Board of Trustees has established the Robert E. Knott Endowed Faculty Development Fund to honor Dr. Robert E. Knott, who is retiring May 31 after six years as Catawba's 20th president. Information about the new fund, which will support faculty and curriculum development at the College, was presented to Dr. Knott at the Board's annual Trustees Retreat in Blowing Rock on May 16.

While making the presentation, Board of Trustees Chairman Tom Smith told Dr. Knott that the fund will help assure that the focus Dr. Knott placed on academics at Catawba College during his tenure as president will remain in place.
Throughout his academic career of over 40 years, Dr. Knott has been actively engaged in designing innovative curricula and in general education reform. He has led faculty in the consideration of undergraduate course requirements and the totality of the undergraduate experience. He has recruited faculty ready to reflect on the relationship between course requirements and student growth and maturation, and he has helped organize retreats, workshops, and faculty development programs devoted to examining important teaching and learning strategies. Fittingly, the Robert E. Knott Faculty Development Fund will provide financial support for such activities at Catawba College.

This fund, which will be administered by the Office of the Provost, will specifically support:

            Faculty activities such as workshops or colloquia devoted to such topics as

  • Curriculum design ;
  • Assessment of learning ;
  • Intellectual development of students and faculty ;
  • Collaborative learning ;
  • Innovative course designs ;
  • Integration of technology in teaching, and ;
  • Teaching and learning styles