Dr. Fred Kniss, a 1979 EMU graduate, began serving as EMU provost in July 2009.
Dr. Fred Kniss, Provost
Dr. Fred Kniss began serving as provost at EMU on July 1, 2009. Dr. Kniss formerly served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Loyola University Chicago. He is a 1979 EMU graduate and received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1992.
Dr. Kniss’ research interests lie in immigrant religion, religious change and conflict, and faith-based international relief and development organizations. He has published two books and a variety of articles and book chapters. He has served on the boards of various professional associations and has held several journal editorial positions.
The provost gives overall guidance to the undergraduate and graduate academic programs of the university as well as Eastern Mennonite Seminary, various auxiliary programs and the Adult Degree Completion Program.
Intellectual life events on campus
“Creativity in the University” is the 2012-13 intellectual life theme. The Provost invites the community to participate in the upcoming calendar of intellectual life events on campus, including Suter Science Seminars, academic forums, interfaith discussions, university colloquiums, the Augsburger lecture series, and more.