James Knight, professor emeritus of educational psychology,
died on June 3, 1965. He was 69.
Professor Knight was born on July 19, 1895, in Sterling
City, Texas. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of
North Texas in 1926, and master's and PhD degrees from The University
of Texas at Austin in 1929 and 1931, respectively.
For a number of years, Dr. Knight served as a public
school principal. He joined the faculty of the the University in 1930.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Air Corps. Later, he served
briefly as president of Laredo Junior College.
Professor Knight's areas of interest included measurement
and guidance, continuing teacher education, and human development and
individuality. He taught extension classes for the University throughout
South Texas for many years and was director of the Extension Teaching
and Field Service Bureau from 1946 to 1956.
Professor Knight organized many professional development
classes for Texas public school teachers. In 1965, with the implementation
of Project Head Start, a federal program providing growth and development
opportunities for poor pre-school children, he oversaw training for
1,200 child development teachers.
Professor Knight served as the review editor for Childhood
Education. He was also a member of the American and Southwestern
Psychological Associations and the American and Texas Societies for
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo
Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November
17, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the
Barker Texas History Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.