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Jones of Lebanon, Mo., earned
her bachelor of science degree in
education, master of arts degree
in education management and
development and her Ph.D. in
distance learning and technology
integration at New Mexico State
University, Las Cruces, N.M.
 
She has taught for many years at
the elementary level, most recently
in Lebanon, Mo., and worked for
the U.S. Department of Education
as a grant administrator. Jones
has several published articles and
has participated in many service
activities.
 
Originally from Rock Creek, Kan.,
Knowles has more than 10 years of
college-level teaching experience,
most recently at the University of
Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark. He
also taught at Bryan Career Col-
lege, Topeka, Kan.; Emporia State
University, Emporia, Kan., and
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
State University, Blacksburg. Va.
 
He earned his bachelor’s degree in
digital flm and computer produc-
tions at the University of Kansas,
a master of science degree in in-
structional design and technology
at Emporia State University and a
master of fne arts degree in digital
flmmaking at the University of Central Arkansas.
 
Knowles plans to challenge his flmmaking/broadcast students to
create both narrative and documentary productions that celebrate
the Fulton, Mo., and larger Midwest communities. 
 
Track of Lawson, Mo., succeeds
her former professor, Gayle
Lampe, who has retired after 44
years of teaching saddle seat at
WWU. Track graduated from
WWU in 1998 with a bachelor of
science degree in equestrian sci-
ence.  
 
She has had 15 years of experi-
ence as a professional in the horse
industry, teaching and training
horses at Wrapped in Rainbows
Farm in Liberty, Mo.; Bluebon-
net Farm in Belleville, Texas, and,
most recently, Linden Hill Stables
in Kearney, Mo.
 
Track is a member of the United
Professional Horseman’s Association (UPHA), American Sad-
dlebred Horse Association (ASHA) and United States Equestrian
Federation (USEF). She has experience in advanced teaching of
riders at any age and skill level in the English and Western styles
of riding.
Five new faculty members have joined William Woods University
this semester. They are: Claudia Starr, chair of the equestrian
studies division; Dr. Michael J. Fredrick, assistant professor of
physical education; Dr. Susan L. Jones, assistant professor of
education; D. Jason Knowles, clinical instructor of tech and media
production, and Sarah Track, saddle seat clinical instructor.
 
For the past four years Starr was
the director of the Al Shaqab
Equine Centre, Qatar Founda-
tion, Doha, Qatar, the premier
international equestrian centre for
higher education initiative. There
she directed the operations of an
equestrian facility with more than
500 horses and 225 employees.
 
Before that, Starr was executive di-
rector of the Professional Accredi-
tation Council of Equine Profes-
sionals in Brooksville, Fla. She also
has worked at equestrian centers
across the country, has served
as community relations director
at Churchill Downs and public
relations director for the Breeders
Cup and was one of America’s frst licensed female thoroughbred
jockeys.
 
Starr earned her bachelor of science and master of science degrees
from the University of Louisville. She is also certifed as a Society
of Corporate Compliance and Ethics professional. 
 
Fredrick, originally from St. Louis,
Mo., earned a bachelor of arts
degree in philosophy and business
from St. Louis University and a
bachelor of science degree in phys-
ical education from the University
of Missouri-St. Louis. He earned
a master of education degree in
physical education from the Uni-
versity of Missouri-Columbia and
a doctorate in exercise and sport
science/sport psychology with a
minor in pedagogy and counseling
psychology. 
 
He has taught for many years at
the collegiate level, most recently
as assistant professor of physical
education at Lane College in Jackson, Tenn. Fredrick has held fac-
ulty positions at Rock Valley College, Rockford, Ill.; Harris-Stowe
State College, St. Louis, Mo., and Quincy University, Quincy, Ill.
He also has served on the adjunct faculty at several colleges and
universities. 
 
He is profcient in various physical education activities, including
sports basics, fundamentals, rules and strategy. He is knowledge-
able in ftness, sports conditioning, sport pedagogy and psycho/
social aspects of sport.
New Faces
At The Woods
by Nicole Elliott