Susan M. KnightPosition: Professor
Campus Address: Pearce Hall, Room 305
Phone: (989) 774-3786

Area(s) of Expertise: World Language Education/Second Language Acquisition with a satellite area in Culture and Civilization of Spain

Degrees and Universities

Ph.D. Ohio State University
M.A. Michigan State University

Teaching Career

Prior to coming to CMU in 1985 as an instructor, she taught high school Spanish. She has traveled and/or studied in Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia.

Honors and Recognitions

Susan has won several awards: In teaching-- one of CMU Teachers of the Year in 1996, Michigan World Language Association's University Level Teacher of the Year in 1996, and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese University Level Teacher of the Year in 2010. She has also been awarded the Barbara Ort Smith Award in 2003 for overall service to foreign languages in the state of Michigan by the Michigan World Language Association.


Knight, Susan​.  "In Search of Defining 'Best Practice:' A K-16 Connection," 2016 Report of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Knight, Susan and Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart. (2010). "Exploring Conditions to Enhance Student/Host-Family Interaction Abroad," Foreign Language Annals, Vol. 43, No. 1, 64-80.

Knight, Susan. (2008) "A Model for Teaching Cross-Cultural Perspectives." In Aleidine Moeller (Ed.), Turning Today's Students into Tomorrow's Stars (19-36). Lincolnwood, Il: National Textbook Company.

Knight, Susan. (2007)"The Use of Subjunctive with Doubt and Denial," in Harrington, Katharine N. and Tina Ware (Eds.), Recipes for Success, LINCOM Studies in Second Language Teaching, 5, LINCOM, Muenchen.

Schmidt Rinehart, Barbara and Susan Knight. (2004) "The Homestay Component of Study Abroad: Three Perspectives," Foreign Language Annals, Vol 37, No. 2, 254-262.

Knight, Susan and Barbara Schmidt Rinehart. (2002). "Enhancing the Homestay: Study Abroad From the Host Family Perspective." Foreign Language Annals, Vol. 35, No. 2, 190-201.

Knight, Susan. 2000. "Expanding Enrollment While Maintaining Quality: A 101 Experimental Model." Hispania, Vol. 83, No. 4, 855-863.

Knight, Susan. 2000. "Standards Specific Speculation: K-12 or K-16?" Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Bulletin, Vol. 31, No.2, 69-71.

Research Areas

Her research interests and publications over the past ten years focus on study abroad, specifically the home-stay component, and issues of FL pedagogy.