Kristofer Kracht


Director of Forensics in Forensics

Kristofer B. Kracht graduated from the University of Mary, ND, in 2000 with a B.S. in Communication. He received his M.S. in Communication Studies and Journalism from South Dakota State University in 2002 where he hosted the Interstate Oratorical Association National Contest, which is the oldest annual public speaking competition in North America. Kristofer joined the Department of Communication Studies in the fall of 2002. He has been involved in forensics for 15 years as both a competitor and coach. Kristofer currently serves as Governor of the Pi Kappa Delta Province of the Northern Lights, is a member of the Valley Forensic League Executive Committee, Communication Theater Association of Minnesota President-Elect, and serves on the tournament staff for the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament. He has also served on the AFA District IV Executive Committee and the Minnesota Collegiate Forensic Association Executive Committee.

In 2006, Kristofer was awarded the Pi Kappa Delta Bob Derryberry Award for Outstanding New Forensics Educator and in 2009, he earned the Pi Kappa Delta Brightest Star Award recognizing exemplary performance in promoting not only forensics as a vital collegiate activity, but also outstanding work in promoting Pi Kappa Delta and its values, and the 2010 Swenson-Bunn Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. Kristofer also directs the nationally successful Gustavus Summer Speech and Coaching Institutes for high school competitors and coaches.
Under Kristofer's leadership, the program has risen to national prominence. Gustavus is one of twelve schools to be nationally ranked four consecutive years, placing 10th at the 2010 American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament. The program also won a National Championship a the 2010 Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament and earned back-to-back-to-back Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Championships in 2008, 2009, 2010. Kristofer has coached three American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament All-Americans.


B.S. in Communication from University of Mary, NDM.S. in Communication Studies and Journalism from South Dakota State University

Courses Taught


NDL-243 (Forensics)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
COM-243Forensics892012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2010/JN, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2009/JN, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2008/JN, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2007/JN, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2006/JN, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2005/JN, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2004/JN, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2003/JN, and 2002/FA
COM-120Public Discourse152011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, and 2007/FA
COM-110Public Speaking132007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, and 2002/FA
NDL-243Forensics122013/FA, 2013/SP, and 2012/FA
COM-230Critical Thinking and Argument72006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, and 2003/FA
COM-268Career Exploration22005/JN and 2004/JN
COM-543Coaching Forensics12009/SU