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Knolan Rawlins, PhD

Knolan RawlinsAssistant Professor & Internship Coordinator
Public & Allied Health Sciences
krawlins [at] desu.edu


  • Robert Morris University
    Ph.D. Instructional Management and Leadership a dissertation entitled, The Relationship of Psychomotor Acquisition to Academic Success in a Group of Preschool Students Enrolled in an Early Intervention Program.
  • University of Pittsburgh 
    Masters in Developmental Movement with thesis entitled, Physical Activity, Distressed Behavior and Time on task in a Child with Autism.
  • University of Pittsburgh 
    Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Activity and a Minor in Fitness.

Research Interests

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Adapted programming for underrepresented communities.


  • Rawlins, K.C., Anderson S & Quash, T., (In Review) Self-reported water competency skills and programing at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU)
  • Quash, T., Rawlins, K.C., & Anderson S. (2020). A Comprehensive analysis of aquatic programming at Historically Black Colleges International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 12(3), 2. https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/ijare/vol12/iss3/2/
  • Rawlins, K.C. (2018). Reestablishing a culture of water competency at an HBCU. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, Vol. 11, No. 1, Article 5. https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/ijare/vol11/iss1/5/  

  • Rawlins, K.C. & Semich G (2015). Clearing the Air on special education: Informing parents as a critical first step; published in Global Journal of Special Education and Services.

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • U. S. National Water Safety Action Plan Disability Sub Committee
  • Diversity in Aquatics HBCU/HSI/Tribal Committee Chair
  • JA Get Set, Career Fusion and Company Programs Volunteer
  • Perspectives in Learning Editorial Board Member