Robert K. Knepp, DCAssociate Professor, Biology
Unit: Biology, College of Humanities and Sciences, School of Sciences and Math
"Smile. It creates a positive physiological change." —Tony Robbins
Teaching & Education
You will learn with me when taking courses in Biology. I specialize in Human Anatomy and Physiology.
BS Human Biology, Texas Chiropractic College
Doctor of Chiropractic, Texas Chiropractic College
My experience includes owning and operating Alpha Chiropractic Clinic in Killeen, Texas prior to teaching. I have taught many different levels of courses over my career. I began my teaching career as an adjunct professor and then went on to become a high school teacher where I taught advanced biology and anatomy and physiology classes. I have taught at North Greenville since 2013 and have taught a variety of courses including Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Human Biology, Neuroanatomy, and Pathophysiology.
When I was in middle school, I was able to witness the healing power of the body with the help of chiropractic care. My mom had terrible migraine headaches and was able to get relief through chiropractic treatment. It was at that time that I decided that I would be a chiropractor. I then went on to receive my Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Texas Chiropractic College in 2002. I practiced chiropractic as an associate and as an owner/operator of my own chiropractic office from 2003 to 2005. During this time, I loved treating patients and many of the other aspects of being a doctor. However, I did not enjoy the business part of being a doctor. It was at that time that I began searching to find what else God might have for my life. After much prayer and consideration, I began teaching anatomy and physiology as an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) in the spring of 2005. For a short while, I worked as an adjunct professor in the evenings and operated my chiropractic clinic during the day. I found a passion for teaching and decided to do that full time. I sold my chiropractic practice and continued teaching at UMHB in the evenings and began teaching at Shoemaker High School. I taught there from 2006 until 2013. During this time, I was able to teach students from all different levels of abilities and knowledge. I taught classes that ranged from developmental science classes to advanced placement and dual credit anatomy and physiology classes. This experience gave me insight as to how students learn and what allows students from every academic level to be successful. My high school teaching experience helped me to improve my teaching and to learn the most effective ways to get students to think scientifically.
I took my position as an Assistant Professor of Biology here at North Greenville University in the fall of 2013 and then received promotion to Associate Professor of Biology in the Fall of 2020.
Favorite Course to Teach:
Anatomy and Physiology is my favorite course to teach. Because God is sovereign and created the human body, there is a natural connection that can be made to the intricacies of the human body and a divine creator. Although some people feel that science and religion are opposite of one another, I find that this could not be further from the truth. When a person observes the beauty and complexity of the human body or the intricacy of other biological systems, they cannot question the existence of a sovereign God that created it. As we are reminded in Genesis we are created in the image of God and I enjoy pointing out how God has designed us during my instruction. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them”-Genesis 1:27. As I teach students about the structures of the body (anatomy) and the amazing way that they function (physiology), I am reminded of these truths.
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