Dr. Stephanie L. Knight

Dr. Stephanie L. Knight
Phone: 8148652524
Office Address:
278 Chambers Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
Professor of Education (Educational Psychology)


Dean's Office
Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education


Educational Psychology



Dr. Stephanie L. Knight is Professor of Education in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education and Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in the College of Education at the Pennsylvania State University.  She received her B.A. in romance languages and literature at the University of Kentucky, her M.A. and certification in secondary education at Lehigh University, and her doctorate in Educational Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston.  Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, she was at Texas A&M University, where she held the Houston Endowment, Inc., Endowed Chair in Urban Education, was selected as a University Faculty Fellow for her scholarly contributions to her field, and received the University Distinguished Teaching Award for outstanding teaching.  Dr. Knight teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at Penn State on educational psychology; integrated teaching methods for special education and English Language Learners; and research methods in teacher education.  Her areas of research expertise include the relationships between instructional strategies, classroom processes, learning environments and student outcomes, particularly in U.S. urban and international settings; preservice and inservice teacher professional development; and the use of observational techniques to study classroom processes.   She has published numerous books, chapters, and journal articles in these areas.   Dr. Knight served as Executive Director of the Houston School-University Research Collaborative at University of Houston, Director of the Center for Collaborative Learning Communities at Texas A&M, Director of Evaluation and Assessment for the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, and Associate Director of Research Into Practice in the National Science Foundation Information Technology in Science Center for Learning and Teaching (ITS) at Texas A&M.   She was co-editor of the American Educational Research Journal: Teaching, Learning, and Human Development from 2004-2006, a publication of the American Educational Research Association; recently completed a five-year term as Lead Editor for the Journal of Teacher Education, the primary publication of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education; and is currently Associate Editor, Review of Educational Research, a publication of the American Educational Research Association ranked highest among education research journals. 

Areas of Expertise

Education Levels

Middle School/Junior High
Secondary/High School

Education Types

Urban Ed


Instructional Methods and Design

Teacher Preparation

In-service Teachers
Pre-service Teachers
Professional Development