Douglas H. Knapp


President's Award for Teaching (2005)
Indiana University Bloomington
School of Health, Physical Education & Recreation
Department of Recreation and Park Administration


Douglas H. Knapp received his B.S. from Miami University of Ohio in 1979. He then earned his M.S. from Northern Illinois University in 1983, and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in 1994.

Knapp was appointed to the Indiana University faculty in 1993. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Park Administration in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation in Bloomington.

Knapp's innovative and thoughtful teaching has been rewarded with two Trustees Teaching Awards, two Teaching Excellence Recognition Awards, a listing in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and selection as "best professor at IU" by the Bloomington Voice newspaper in 1997. He was elected to IU's Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching in 2001.

Knapp's teaching excellence is thoroughly grounded in his extensive research in pedagogy. The focus of his research has been on the impact that informal education programs have on their constituents, and the results of his studies have been consistently integrated into his own classrooms. He has also promoted pedagogy nationally and internationally, through conference presentations and publications. He has published a textbook through UNESCO and in 1997 delivered the keynote address at the United Nations Conference on Environmental Education in Thessaloniki, Greece.