Allison Named Watson Bartlett Professorship of Biology and Conservation

Dear Knox Community,

It gives me very great pleasure to announce that one of our colleagues has been appointed to an endowed professorship in recognition of his distinguished teaching, scholarship and service to Knox College. I have made this appointment upon the recommendation of the Faculty Personnel Committee and the Dean of the College, and am grateful for their good counsel.

Dr. Stuart Allison, Professor of Biology and Director of Green Oaks Biological Field Station, has been named to the Watson Bartlett Professorship of Biology and Conservation, succeeding Professor Linda Dybas. Professor Allison joined the Knox faculty in 1997 after completing his B.S. degree from the University of Puget Sound, his M.S. from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Fellowship to study ecological restoration in England. Professor Allison specializes in field botany, ecological restoration, conservation, and ethnobotany.

In addition to national and international presentations, Professor Allison’s publications include Green Interests. Earthscan Press, a division of Routledge, Abingdon, UK. (2012); Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change: Renewing Damaged Ecosystems. Earthscan Press, Abingdon, UK. (2012); and articles published in Invasive and Introduced Plants and Animals: Human Perceptions, Attitudes, and Approaches to Management, Ecological Restoration, and Restoration Ecology. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Ecological Restoration, coordinating editor for Restoration Ecology, Western Illinois Nature Group, and as a panelist for the National Science Foundation Biology Directorate Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. On campus, he currently serves as chair pro tem of the faculty and curator of the Herbarium, and has served in key faculty roles, including chair of the Department of Biology, member of the Executive Committee, and advisor to student organizations.

The Watson Bartlett Professorship in Biology and Conservation was established in 1990 by action of the Knox College Board of Trustees, utilizing an estate gift of Watson Bartlett, who attended the College for one year after graduating in 1916 from Mendota High School. After leaving Knox College in 1917, Mr. Bartlett returned home to assist his father, who was an attorney. Mr. Bartlett spent his life in the Mendota area and was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Triumph in 1938, and named the Bank’s President in 1942. Throughout his life, Watson Bartlett followed a wide range of intellectual pursuits and was renowned for his self-sufficiency. In honor of his accomplishments, he was presented an honorary degree by Illinois Valley Community College.

​Endowed chairs honor and reward current faculty members for their accomplishments and help bring exceptional new teachers and scholars to campus. It is the highest honor that Knox College can bestow upon a faculty member, and helps the College nurture our historic commitment to excellence. Please join me in congratulating Professor Allison and in remembering our donor for his generous support of Knox College. I am delighted to honor Professor Allison’s teaching, scholarship and service through this appointment.​