FLORENCE---Travis Knowles of Florence, a distinguished teacher and associate professor of biology, was recently named assistant provost for academic affairs at the university.
Knowles will handle student concerns and issues involving allegations of plagiarism and academic dishonesty among other duties. He will assume some of the duties previously handled by FMU Associate Provost Ken Kitts who has the added responsibility of overseeing the enrollment management division.
“I am elated that Travis has accepted our offer to join the university’s administration," said FMU Provost Richard Chapman. “He is highly respected by his colleagues and is well-suited for this position.”
Knowles began his career at FMU as an instructor of biology in 1991. Over the years, he has been cited for his outstanding classroom teaching, leading study travel courses to places like Costa Rica, the western United States and southern Appalachians, and for helping with honors program field trips in the United States. He also has led informal faculty-student book discussions since 1998.
In 1999, Knowles co-author the paper “The Distribution and Ecology of the Northern Flying Squirrel, Glaucomys sabrinus coloratus, in the Southern Appalachians,” published by the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
In addition, his article, re-titled “Twilight on Bald Mountain” appeared in the March-April 1999 issue of The Sciences magazine.
He was given the Award for Excellence in Teaching for 1999-2000. In August 2007, Knowles was promoted to associate professor of biology.
A native of Meadows of Dan, Va., Knowles earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Wake Forest University where he also received a master’s degree in biology.
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