Courisse Knight, EdD
Courisse Knight, Ed.D., received her doctoral degree in Education and her Masters Degree in Conflict Analysis Resolution from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her BSc. at Colgate University and her Bioethics training at Yale University. Dr. Knight has extensive experience in primary and higher education and had dedicated most of her career to working throughout the continuum of medical education. She has been dedicated to creating synergy within the university environment. With this is mind she aims to provide learning environments where resilience, self-directed learning behaviors, academic and personal development are cultivated and purposeful progress within the student lifecycle can thrive. Dr. Knight has a long career of providing opportunities for students to enhance their academic record and creating learning communities that encourage sustainable changes in student behavior and positive professional identity development. She is committed to providing high quality teaching and learning to close performance gaps among diverse student populations.
Dr. Knight has significant experience in developing advising and coaching programs in STEM and non-STEM related bachelor’s degree programs as well as in the MD program. Dr. Knight has a sound understanding of international systems of education and preparation. She has worked extensively to develop institutional partnerships and with admissions and enrollment planning teams. She is committed to the appreciation of neurodiversity, cognitive development, brain based science and the impact of behavior and resilience on learning. Her academic and learning support practice acknowledges the social, behavioral and academic aspects of the student experience. She has been an advocate for inclusive pedagogy in both online and face to face learning environments.
Prior to joining RUSM, Dr. Knight was faculty and a member of the administrative leadership in the division of the Basic Sciences at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. During her 15 year tenure at SGU she routinely contributed to the development and continuous quality improvement of wellness programming, the curriculum, advising, academic and learning support programs. She was the founding director of three types of post-baccalaureate programs namely, St. George’s University’s Charter Foundation to Medicine, Foundation to Veterinary Medicine Programs and the Pre-Professional Post-Baccalaureate Programs. Moreover she was Director of the 5, 6 and 7 year MD programs and St. George’s University’s B.Sc/MD Combined Degree program in Medical Sciences. She also served as Chair of the Department of Premedical Sciences. For 11 years she held a dual appointment within the Department of Educational Services where she designed and contributed to numerous academic and learning support initiatives. Additionally, Dr. Knight was the founding Director of the Peace Through Medicine program where she worked in collaboration with the West Indies Research Foundation (WINDREF), St. George’s University and the GEMS Development Foundation which provided opportunities for students to pursue Medicine from the most impoverished communities in Africa, including South Sudan. She served as Liaison for Extramural Activities associated with the Global Veterinary Health Track which provides a pathway for student to gain recognition and approval for practice from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Moreover,she has been involved in several curriculum development and articulation efforts in the Arts and Sciences, and programs leading to MD and DVM degrees. Her teaching responsibilities within the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences at SGU included, Curriculum, Issues In Education, Theories of Learning, Bioethics, undergraduate Public Health, Social Science and Medicine. She also served as Course Director and teaching faculty for Social Psychology and Developmental Psychology. I lead with vision and conviction and. There she was a long standing member of the Committee on Admission for the School of Medicine and the Faculty Student Selection Committee.
Dr. Knight has a passion for the developmental benefit of intensive success coaching and appreciative advising. She believes in the need to embed advising squarely within the teaching, learning and professional development mission. Thus, she employs sound principles of advising as teaching to advising operations and services that foster student success and retention. For many years, she actively employed and promoted this approach throughout the Caribbean Region in her capacity as an elected representative in the National Academic Advising Association ( NACADA) Region 4.
Her administrative roles in medical education included troubleshooting, academic problems, monitoring academic progress and academic standing, interpreting and developing university policy and increasing wellness and self-determination among students. She has designed academic enhancement model for students at risk; crafted plans for non-traditional or international students transitioning into the university; engaged in curriculum or assessment evaluation; and planned for learning support and wellness awareness on campus. She has also contributed to the development and training of school counseling education within the primary and secondary school system in Grenada. Her research has focused on medical student motivation for learning and learning strategy use, self-authorship, stigma and mental health. She has presented at the IAMSE and UNESCO. Dr. Knight has been an invited speaker for UNESCO and for Yale University Sherwin B Nulland Bioethics Program. She holds a Masters Degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
- Interpersonal Communication Skills
- Conflict Resolution
- Organizational Leadership
- Curriculum Adaptations and Differentiated Instruction
- Clinical Ethics Consultation
- Curriculum Evaluation
- Narrative Medicine
- English Language Communication
- Adult Learning
- Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Program Assessment and Evaluation
- Bioethics Society of the English Speaking Caribbean
- National Academic Advising Association
- Foundation for Critical Thinking
- NASPA Student Affairs Administrator in Higher Education
- International Positive Psychology Association
- AAMC B.Sc/MD
- AAMC Program Evaluation SIG