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Sharon Wilkinson

Professor of French
Sharon Wilkinson’s expertise in language acquisition and curricular design has brought a cutting-edge approach to the French program with real-world applications of language and cultural learning from Day 1.


Sharon Wilkinson teaches all levels of French classes and leads international travel courses to French-speaking countries.  She serves as an advisor and mentor to students with global interests and is a frequent conference presenter and program evaluator, sharing her expertise in curricular design with colleagues around the country.



  • Second language acquisition
  • Intercultural communication
  • Curricular design
  • Online teaching and learning



Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, Iowa Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, 2017



  • Ph.D. in French with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1995.
  • Dissertation: Foreign language conversation and the study abroad transition: A case study.  Recipient of the 1996 Emma Marie Birkmaier Award for Doctoral Dissertation Research in Foreign Language Education.
  • M.A. in Linguistics, University of Delware, Newark, Delaware, 1992.
  • B.A. in Modern Languages (summa cum laude), Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, 1990.  Included one year of study at the Faculté des Sciences Humaines at the Université de Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France.


Presentations and Publications

“Using Commercials to Explore Intercultural Perspectives.”  Session presented with Mark Bates and Patricia Calkins at the annual meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, November 17-19, 2017, Nashville, TN.

“Refocus, Redesign, Reinvigorate: The Simpson Experience.”  Keynote address presented with Mark Bates, Patricia Calkins, and Tracy Dinesen at the conference entitled “From Crisis Management to Innovation: Reimagining the Role of World Languages in the 21st Century,” hosted by Hope College, October 6-7, 2017, Holland, MI.

“Harnessing the Best of Online Teaching to Enhance Traditional Instruction.”  Session presented with Camille Sutton at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Teachers of French, July 16-18, 2017, St. Louis, MO.

Wilkinson, S., Calkins, P., & Dinesen, T.  (2015).  Creating a culture-driven classroom one activity at a time.  In Moeller, A. J. (Ed.), Learn languages, explore cultures, transform lives (p. 1-16).  Reports of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.  Web.