Kris Knisely

Kris Knisely

Assistant Professor


Robert L Slagle Hall 306D

Phone: (605) 677-5357




  • Ph D, French and Educational Studies, Emory University, 2015
  • MA, Foreign Language and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2011
  • BA, French, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2009


  • A&S Travel Grant, College of Arts and Sciences. (2015 - Present)
  • Center for Teaching and Learning Grant, Center for Teaching and Learning. (2016)
  • Curriculum Transformation Grant, College of Arts and Sciences; College Committee on Diversity in the Curriculum. (2016)


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  • Knisely, Kris. Exploring the role of culture in the formation of French language ideologies among US post-secondary students. Edited by Denis M. Provencher, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Jean-Philippe Mathy, University of Illinois, 189-210. Vol. 42, Iss. 2. Liverpool: Contemporary French Civilization/Liverpool University Press, 2017. (DOI:
  • Knisely, Kris. Language Learning and the Gendered Self: The Case of French and Masculinity in a US Context.. Edited by Carmen Rosa Caldas-Coulthard and Tommaso M. Milani, 216-239. Vol. 10, Iss. 2. Sheffield: Gender and Language, 2016.
  • Knisely, Kris. Review of En Avant! Beginning French by Bruce Anderson and Annabelle Dolidon. (2016) 2nd edition.. Edited by Frederique Grim, 1. Vol. 89, Iss. 3. Marion, IL: The French Review, 2016.
  • Zorko, Deanna, Alkhas, Anita, and Knisely, Kris. Should we go high or low?: A Few Tips on Using and Choosing Technology Wisely. Appleton, WI: WAFLT Voice, 2015.
  • Knisely, Kris, and Wind, Stefanie A.. Gendered language attitudes: Exploring language as a gendered construct using Rasch measurement theory. Edited by Richard M. Smith. Vol. 16, Iss. 1. Maple Grove, Minnesota: Journal of Applied Measurement , 2015.
  • Knisely, Kris. Review of Rêvez: le français sans frontières by Cherie Mitchke., 233. Vol. 87, Iss. 3. The French Review , 2014.
  • Knisely, Kris. Integration des reseaux sociaux dans les cours de langue: justifications et mises en garde. Edited by Edward Ousselin. Vol. 92, Iss. 1. Marion, IL: The French Review.
  • Knisely, Kris. Social networking websites in college foreign language courses.. In Cases on social networking websites for instructional use., edited by Hasan Tinmaz. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Awards and Honors:

  • Nominated for a Belbas-LarsonAward for Excellence in Teaching, The University of South Dakota, 2017
  • Anne Amari Perry Award, Department of French and Italian, Emory University, 2014
  • Editor's Choice Award, Journal of International Students, 2014
  • Jacqueline Jordan Irvine Award, Division of Educational Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, 2013
  • Martha Best/Martine Meyer Prize, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2009
  • Union Director's Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2009


  • Knisely, Kris. The case for identity-focused pedagogy: What French language learners can teach us about diversity and inclusiveness. Presented at the Humanities Research Forum, Vermillion, SD. (December 1, 2016)
  • Knisely, Kris. Teaching for Inclusiveness: Language Attitudes and Learner Identity.. Presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language, Boston, MA, USA. (November 18, 2016)
  • Knisely, Kris. Language Learner Identity: Framing Applied Linguistics Research with French Cultural Studies. Presented at the Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference, Washington, D.C.. (February 12, 2016)
  • Knisely, Kris, Alkhas, Anita. When to go high or low: Toward a more intentional use of technology. Presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, San Diego, California. (November 21, 2015)
  • Knisely, Kris. Exploring the role of culturally-informed language ideologies in motivation to learn French as a second language.. Presented at the Contemporary French Civilization , Baltimore, MD. (September 4, 2015)