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Amanda Knapp

Amanda M. Knapp, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Standards and Policy Administration
Academic Standards and Policy Administration
Sherman Hall-A, Room #114-C

In May 2011, Amanda Knapp joined the Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA), Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) as the Academic Standards and Policy Specialist. In 2014, she assumed the role of Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Standards and Policy Administration. In this role, Knapp works across the campus community to ensure the uniform application of policy while upholding the integrity of academic standards. Another focal point of Knapp’s role includes the Academic Integrity (AI) initiative. Knapp also serves on various groups including the Undergraduate Council (UGC), Academic Conduct Committee (ACC), Campus Systems Executive Committee (CSEC), the SA Academic Advisory Committee and the Student Success Strategies Committee. As Chair, Knapp also leads the Academic Standards Executive Committee (ASEC) and the Academic Standards Advisory Committee (ASAC), two campus groups committed to taking a proactive look at a broad range of policy issues impacting student success. Other notable service includes Chair of the Verification of Compliance with Accreditation Relevant Federal Regulations Review and Vice Chair of the Middle States Accreditation and Self-Study Operating Committee. As a priority, Knapp’s efforts are centered on being a student advocate to ensure that they are treated fairly and equitably in all matters of policy.

Prior to joining the UMBC community, Knapp worked at a variety of institutions including the University at Buffalo, D’Yoville College and spent nearly ten years at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Throughout her time at UMUC she represented the university on many levels. As an administrator, Knapp was nominated for the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) having served the university as the executive assistant to the provost, administrative director of criminal justice, assistant director academic support for the Business and Management Department and senior academic advisor. As an Adjunct Assistant Professor at UMUC, Knapp earned multiple nominations for the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award.

Since 2009, Knapp has served on the Executive Council of the University System of Maryland, Women’s Forum (USMWF), a group sanctioned by the Chancellor for purposes of promoting life-long learning, professional development, networking and mentoring opportunities to faculty, staff and students. Knapp also volunteers her time to the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) as a member of the Digital Education Policy Committee and has provided service to several professional organizations such as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Hugh Ơ Brien Youth Foundation (HOBY). She has presented on a variety of topics at conferences such as the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and the Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA).

At the University at Buffalo, Knapp earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resources Management as well as an Ed.M. in Education with a focus on Higher Education Administration. Knapp also holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of Maryland College Park where her research examined the relationship between best online instructional practices and undergraduate student perceptions of instructor credibility. Knapp’s research was recognized by the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) in which she was presented with an Effective Practice Award in 2013. Knapp’s research has also been recognized by the Graduate School of Education at John’s Hopkins University where she currently holds an adjunct faculty teaching position.

As a first generation college student with a Ph.D., Knapp has blended a career in higher education with off-road motorcycle racing, a sport she is passionate about, to help students, “stay on track.” Knapp, who is also a competitive racer in the East Coast Enduro Association (ECEA), Women’s Harescramble Series has been featured on the cover of American Motorcyclist Magazine and highlighted in the Baltimore Sun-Howard Magazine, UMBC Magazine, Terp Magazine, Buffalo Business Magazine and by Dirt Bike Girl Adventures for her efforts in “changing perceptions,” “outracing stereotypes” and “pushing past obstacles.”