Editorial Board, Shakespeare Quarterly, 2011-16.

Co-chair, with Per Sivefors, Seminar #19: "Expectations, Experience, and Experimentation in Shakespeare's Theatre," Shakespeare World Congress in Prague, July 2011.

Advisory Board, Queen's Men Editions, in co-ordination with the Internet Shakespeare Editions at the University of Victoria.

President, Marlowe Society of America, 2008-2011; Treasurer, 1996-2008

Presiding Officer, Sixth International Conference of the Marlowe Society of America in Canterbury, England, June 30-July 3, 2008

Dramaturge, The Marlowe Project, UALR, spring 2008, Stacy Pendergraft, director

Trustee, 2003-05; Shakespeare Association of America

Dramaturge, The Tempest, UALR Theater Department, director: Wayne Chapman, 2001.

Director, William G. Cooper, Jr., Honors Program in English, English Department, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1996-99

Co-chair with Andrew Gurr, Theater History Seminar, Sixth World Congress of the International Shakespeare Association, "'Thou met'st with things dying, I with things new-born': Theater History in the Third Millennium, A. D," April, Los Angeles, 1996.

Dramaturge, Hamlet, UALR Theater Department, director: Wayne Chapman, 1992-93.

Reviewer/Reader on occasion for various presses and publications: Cambridge University Press, Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England, and The University of Arkansas Press.

Evaluator/Panelist: SAA "Open Submissions" Committee, 2001; NEH Collaborative Projects, 2000-1

Book Reviews published in TLS, Shakespeare Quarterly, Early Theatre, Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Shakespeare Bulletin, Renaissance Quarterly, Marlowe Society Book Reviews, Shakespeare Studies, and Publications of the Arkansas Philological Association. 1982-present.


SERVICE: Organizer and director of the annual Shakespeare Scene Festival at UALR, 1996-2009; Consultant, "Shakespeare in the Shelter," 2012 —"

Workshop for AP Teachers, Summer 2008; TSTP Exercises



2007, Excellence Award in Service, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, UALR

2002, Excellence Award in Research, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, UALR

1999, Excellence Award in Teaching, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, UALR

2004, Arkansas English Teacher of the Year, College Level, awarded by the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (ACTELA)

2004, former student Ben Hardy establishes the Roslyn L. Knutson English Scholarship Award, to be given annually to an English major at UALR


1974 Ph.D., The University of Texas, Austin, 1971-74; Dissertation (1974): "'Rhetoricall Courtings': the Blazon in Elizabethan and Jacobean Literature"

1963 M. A., The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

1961 B. A., The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (Phi Beta Kappa, 1960)