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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Elizabeth Knapp

Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity / Associate Professor of Geology

Washington Hall 205
(540) 458-8418 / (540) 458-8867
knappe@wlu.edu

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Education


Ph.D. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1997 (Department of Environmental Sciences; Specialization: Geochemistry / Hydrogeology)

B.S. Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA, 1990 (Honors in Geology)

Research

Low-temperature aqueous geochemistry, water quality and contaminant transport, rock weathering processes, geochemical evolution and paleoclimate, and iron geochemistry

Selected Publications


Dere, Ashlee, Timothy S. White, Rich H. April, Brian Reynolds, Thomas E. Miller,
Elizabeth P. Knapp, Larry D. McKay and Susan L. Brantley. 2013. Climate dependence of feldspar weathering in shale soils along a latitudinal gradient. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 122, p. 101-126.

Knapp, E.P., D.O. Terry, and D.J. Harbor. 2004/2007 (revised second edition). Reading Virginia's paleoclimate from the geochemistry and sedimentology of clastic cave sediments. In Sasowsky, I.D. and J. Mylroie eds., Studies of Cave Sediments: Physical and Chemical Records of Paleoclimate. Klewer Academic / Plenum Publishing, p. 95-106.

Knapp, Elizabeth P., Lisa Greer, Christopher D. Connors, and David Harbor, 2006. Field-based instruction as part of a balanced geoscience curriculum at Washington and Lee University, Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 54, March 2006, p. 103-108.

Knapp, E.P., D.J. Harbor, and Z.F. Ginwalla. 2003. Testing the waters: Can you involve community action in your college curriculum? Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 51, n.3, May 2003, p. 294-298.

Knapp, E.P., D.J. Harbor, and Z.F. Ginwalla. Defining basin water quality: Land use, tributary input, and downstream dynamics, submitted to Journal of Environmental Quality (in revision for publication).

Knapp, E.P., S.G. Dejardins, and M.A. Pleva. 2003. An interdisciplinary approach to teaching chemistry to geology students. Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 51, n. 5, November, 2003, p. 481-483.

Knapp, E.P., J.S. Herman, A.L. Mills, and G.M. Hornberger. 2002. Changes in the sorption capacity of Coastal Plain sediments due to redox alteration of mineral surfaces. Applied Geochemistry, 17(4) 387-398.
Knapp, E.P., J.S. Herman, G.M. Hornberger, and A.L. Mills, 1998. The effect of distribution of iron-oxyhydroxide grain coatings on the transport of bacterial cells in porous media. Environmental Geology, 33(4)243-249.

Administrative Positions

Senior Assistant to the President and Director of the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity, Washington and Lee University (2013-present)
Primary Responsibilities include: Advising the President and representing him at both on and off campus meetings and functions; leadership of special committees and initiatives for the President's office with alumni, faculty and staff; Title IX coordination related to athletics; the Johnson Programs including planning and oversight of endowments for the lecture series, opportunity grants, scholar enhancement funds, program assessment, advising scholars, and liaison to admissions for the recruitment and selection of new scholars.

Associate Provost, Washington and Lee University (2011-2013)
Primary Responsibilities included: Undergraduate advising, student summer research, new faculty orientation, faculty and staff academy sessions, the preparation of faculty award nominations, coordination of committee assignments, the administration of the Johnson lecture series and Johnson Opportunity Grants, and the monitoring of grants awarded to the university that fall under the direct supervision of the Provost.
Associate Dean of the College, Washington and Lee University (2006-2010)
Primary responsibilities included: Faculty training and development, faculty orientation and mentoring, faculty professional travel budget, faculty awards coordination, University lectures and scholar-in-residence funding, space allocation, maintenance and renovation, and capital budget and planning. Additional activities included: SACS leadership team member (reaccreditation in 2008-2009), chair of the Childcare Taskforce, chair of the University Lectures Committee, chair of the Teaching Spaces Task Force, advisor for the independent work major, member of the Academic Life Implementation group (major curricular initiative and current University Quality Enhancement Plan).

Associate Dean of the College, Washington and Lee University (2006-2010)
Primary responsibilities included: Faculty training and development, faculty orientation and mentoring, faculty professional travel budget, faculty awards coordination, University lectures and scholar-in-residence funding, space allocation, maintenance and renovation, and capital budget and planning. Additional activities included: SACS leadership team member (reaccreditation in 2008-2009), chair of the Childcare Taskforce, chair of the University Lectures Committee, chair of the Teaching Spaces Task Force, advisor for the independent work major, member of the Academic Life Implementation group (major curricular initiative and current University Quality Enhancement Plan).

Department Head (Acting 2004-2005) Department of Geology, Washington and Lee University
In addition to general departmental administrative and budget duties, oversaw the tenure review of a junior colleague and reappointment review of another. Led searches for 2 visiting faculty. Led an administrative assistant search and led performance reviews for departmental staff.