As Assistant Professor of French and French Language Program Coordinator at Kansas State University, Dr. Cro supervises and trains the graduate teaching assistants, designs the elementary- and intermediate-level French courses, teaches all levels of French at the undergraduate level, including Business French, and teaches graduate seminars in literature and second language acquisition.
Dr. Cro's research and teaching interests lie in Early Modern French and Italian literatures with an emphasis in Romance Languages pastoral literature; theater; comparative analysis; metafiction and metatheater; language pedagogy and technology; and French and Italian Cinema. Her recent article, “Ekphrasis and the Feminine in Sannazaro’s Arcadia,” is forthcoming from Romance Notes, and her book, Arms and Letters: The Conquest of Italy, a comparative analysis of the influence of Italian literature on French and Spanish authors during the time of the wars of Italy, has been translated into Spanish and is forthcoming from the Fundacíon Universitaria Española. She is currently working on several other articles and has begun work on a second book-length project tentatively titled, “The Pastoral Imagination in Early Modern Europe.” She has presented at a number of conferences and will be chairing a session on Petrarch and presenting on the use of pastoral disguise in Boccaccio, Sannazaro, and Tasso at SAMLA in November.
Dr. Cro serves as Faculty Advisor to the French Club at Kansas State University and has organized and designed a number of cultural extracurricular opportunities for the students—Ciné-Club, a French and Francophone film festival, and French Table, a weekly conversation and tutoring table. Finally, in order to provide a service opportunity for our intermediate and advanced students, Dr. Cro created a new program this year, Learn and Serve, a partnership she established with the local high school where the intermediate and advanced French students volunteer to give French-language cultural presentations in the local high school to the French students. This program provides students with an opportunity to put their learning to use in a real-world context and is immensely rewarding. Moreover, it provides an excellent recruitment opportunity for the department and the university.