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Krissie Butler

Department Chair of Modern Languages and Cultures and Associate Professor of Spanish
Academic Background
Bachelor of Arts, Asbury University
Master of Arts, University of Kentucky
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Kentucky
Phone Number:
(864) 231-5570
Krissie Butler

What classes do you teach at AU?

I teach all levels of Spanish at AU, including elementary, intermediate, and advanced language classes (SPA 111, 112, 211, 212, 305, 405) as well as literature and culture and civilization courses.

What year did you start teaching at AU?


Why teach at AU?

Graduating from a small, Christian, liberal arts college taught me to appreciate the relationships I developed with faculty, staff, and students. These relationships helped lay the groundwork for my professional life as a Christian, scholar, and teacher. My desire is to develop these same relationships and share the love of Christ with the AU community.


Reading, traveling, spending time with family, going to the gym, and walking our mini Bernedoodle, Luna

Notable achievements

As a graduate student I was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Certificate for Outstanding Teaching at the University of Kentucky (2008) .

People might be interested to know I...

have traveled to Cuba three times.

What do you find most enjoyable about working at AU?

I enjoy the hospitable and authentic community I have experienced at AU.

What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline:

Studying a foreign language is a transformative experience because it provides learners the opportunity to engage cultures and communities different from their own. In doing so, foreign language learners see God's creation through a wider, more diverse lens.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

My classes are dynamic, engaging, and filled with opportunities for students to practice speaking Spanish in authentic contexts. My students understand that I value their effort rather than their ability to speak "perfectly."


“Patriotic Eroticism: Imagining Fidel Castro in Cristina García’s Dreaming in Cuban.” Caribe: Revista de Cultura y Literatura. 16.1-2 (Winter 2013-2014): 89-104.

“Disparate femenino: Seduction, Subversion, and Power.” Kentucky Romance Quarterly.
54.1 (2007): 9-15.