Stephanie Knouse

Stephanie Knouse

Associate Professor of Spanish; Executive Reflection Fellow; Supervisor of Foreign Language Teacher Education

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Born and raised in Maryland, Dr. Knouse began learning Spanish at the age of 15. She began developing a love of the language and cultures, which grew exponentially after studying abroad in Granada, Spain in 1999. Since then, Dr. Knouse has lived in Madrid and Salamanca, Spain and has visited the country on numerous occasions. She studied at Middlebury College's Spanish School and the University of Florida to hone her expertise in the language itself as well as her knowledge of Hispanic Linguistics. Dr. Knouse has taught Spanish in both secondary and post-secondary environments for nearly 20 years and she is motivated to instill a deep appreciation of languages and cultures in her students at Furman through community-based learning, social justice education, and study abroad.


  • Nominated, Meritorious Advising. Furman University, 2019
  • Awardee, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Research Priorities Grant, 2017
  • Nominated, Mentor of the Year. Young Philanthropists and United Way of Greenville, SC, 2013


  • Ph.D., Hispanic Linguistics, University of Florida
  • M.A., Spanish, Middlebury College
  • B.A., Spanish and Mass Communication, Towson University


  • Second Language Pedagogy
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Language Ideology
  • Social Justice Education in L2 Spanish
  • Community-Based Learning in L2 Spanish
  • Pedagogy of Hispanic Linguistics


  • ​​​​Knouse, S. M. (2018). High-impact practices in a Hispanic Linguistic course: Facilitating lessons about linguistic diversity and advocacy. In P. Garrett-Rucks & S. M. Johnson, Dimension (pp. 33-73). Valdosta, GA: SCOLT Publications.
  • Abreu, L., & Knouse, S. M. (2016). Using Pinterest to facilitate the learning of culture. The NECTFL Review, 77, 15-51.
  • Knouse, S. M., Gupton, T., & Abreu, L. (2015) Teaching Hispanic Linguistics: Strategies to engage learners. Hispania, 98(2), 319-332.
  • Knouse, S. M., & Salgado-Robles, F. (2015). Expanding the community and enhancing the experience: The Dual University Model and Web 2.0 technologies in a Spanish Service-Learning course. Journal of Language Learning and Teaching, 5(2), 54-73.
  • Abreu, L., & Knouse, S. M. (2014). Just-in-Time teaching: A tool for enhancing student engagement in advanced foreign language learning. The Journal of Effective Teaching, 14(2), 49-68.
  • Knouse, S. M. (2013). The acquisition of dialectal phonemes in a study abroad context: The case of the Castilian theta. Foreign Language Annals, 45(4), 512-542.
  • Knouse, S. M. (2010). Variation of past-tense aspectual morphology in Madrileño: No estuvo mal vs. no estaba mal. Revista de Humanidades Sarasuati, 7, 36-45.

Additional Professional Activities 

As the Executive Reflection Fellow, Dr. Knouse works with faculty, staff, and students on campus to increase the understanding of what reflection is and the value of the pedagogy, as well as to share methods that have been effective in academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular contexts at Furman.