Phil McKnight, Professor of Curriculum and Teaching at the University of Kansas since 1971, graduated with a B.A. in History and English in 1963 from the University of Kansas. His Masters and Ph.D work was taken at Stanford University, where he graduated in 1969. During 1970 he was a Leverhulme Research Fellow at Stirling University in Stirling, Scotland.
His areas of research interest and experience include the history and philosophy of curriculum, the effects of stigmatization of students (and in particular, special needs children), the evaluation of postsecondary instruction, and the future of the rural elementary school. These areas of interest are reflected in his record of research, teaching, and service and in the grants and publications therein.
His service to the University community includes participation at the Department, School, and University levels on personnel and curriculum committees, University governance, and as chair of his department. He is active in the Lawrence community on service organizations.