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PhD in Comparative Literature/Interdisciplinary (English, Italian, French, Spanish/ Art History and Aesthetics), from the University of California, Riverside.

MA in Comparative Literature, with Visual Art emphasis, from the University of California, Riverside.

BA in Art History from the University of California, Riverside.

AA in Liberal Arts from Santa Ana College.


Independent research and travel to Turkey; Bali; France; Greece; Italy; Singapore; United Kingdom.

Centro Studi "Dante Alghieri"-- Urbania, Italy.

Istituto Linguistico "Fiorenza"-- Florence, Italy.

Universita` per Stranieri Perugia, Italy. Emphases: Italian Language, History, Culture; Etruscan and Medieval Art.

University of California Education Abroad Program "Centro Studi, Padua"; Universita` di Padova; Universita` di Venezia. Emphases: Italian Literature; Modern Art.

Loyola University Year Abroad, Rome Center Rome, Italy. Emphases: Classical, Renaissance and Baroque Art; Mythology.

Academic Experience

Santa Rosa Junior College-- Professor in Italian, Art History, and Humanities programs. Dean of Instruction, General Education.

College of Marin-- Dean, Humanities and Instructional Technologies.

University of California, Riverside-- Interim Director, Media Resources; Manager, Distance Learning and Instructional Development; Director, Teaching Assistant Development Program (TADP).

University of Redlands, Alfred North Whitehead College-- Adjunct Faculty.

Riverside Community College-- Adjunct Professor.

California State University, Long Beach-- Lecturer.

University of California, Riverside-- Research Fellow, Teaching Fellow, Instructor, Associate In Italian, Teaching Assistant.

I am a fourth generation Californian who has lived and studied in Rome, Venice, Perugia, and Florence.

Along with my husband and three children, I travel to Italy frequently, particularly to visit my husband's family on the island of Sardinia. I have also traveled in Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Greece, Singapore, and Bali.

My teaching experience includes Italian, art history, humanities, mythology, classics/ pagan culture, and comparative literature.

Hobbies I most enjoy include traveling, painting, reading historical mysteries, watching our backyard chickens, and collecting antique/ vintage items.

Non vedo l'ora di fare la tua conoscenza! (I can't wait to meet YOU!)

Professional Involvement and Community Service


North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation (NBICF)
American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI)
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Foreign Language Association of Northern California (FLANC)


Invited Presenter: Foreign Language Association of Northern California; California Community Colleges Academic Senate Summer Curriculum Institute; Lilly Conference on College Teaching, West; Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC); Directors of Educational Technology/California Higher Education (DET/CHE),Technology in Education (TechEd).

Attendee: National Annual Conferences, League for Innovation in the Community Colleges; Community College League of California, California Community Colleges, Consortium for Staff Development (4C/SD), National Council on Staff, Professional, and Organizational Development (NCSPOD).

Past Member: Board, Public Television KRCB (Rohnert Park); Steering Committee, Technology in Education Conference (TechED); Executive Council, Consortium for Open Learning; UCR Fulbright Scholarship Selection Committee; Congressman Brown Technology, Industry, & Education Roundtable; Inland Empire Educational Summit; Steering Committee, All-University Conference on Technology, UC System.

Benvenuti a tutti!

Welcome to my faculty webpage, and, I hope, to the wonderful world of Italian language and culture.

Italy has been a part of my life for many years, and I look forward to sharing with you its rich history, beauties, and challenges, both ancient and contemporary.

If you'd like to explore some of the resources available for learning "la bella lingua," please visit my Italian Web Portal at:

(NOTE: The site is free and no password is needed. You can click the X to get rid of the "Hi!... Join Netvibes Now" dialog box that automatically appears in the upper right corner of your screen.)

Ci vediamo presto in classe! (See you in class soon!) -- Terri "la professoressa" Frongia

Presentations and Publications



Piazza Nostra: The Italian Learning Experience, Level 1 and Level 2. Kendall-Hunt, 2011 (rev. 2013)

The Grad Student's Guide to Getting Published, with Alida Allison. ARCO (Prentice Hall), 1992 (2nd printing, 1993).

Tales of Old Prague: Of Ghettos, Passover, and the Blood Libel, in The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 7: 2&3 (Spring 1996): 146-162.

Pedagogy, Aesthetics, and Humanism, the Three Muses of Italian Children__s Literature Theory, in The Lion and the Unicorn, 19:1 (June 1995): 50-70.

Merlin's Fathers: The Sacred and the Profane. Children__s Literature Association Quarterly, 18:3 (Fall 1993): 120-125.

Archetypes, Stereotypes, and the Female Hero: Transformations in Contemporary Perspectives. Mythlore, 18:1 (Autumn 1991).


Cosmifantasies: Humanistic Visions of Immortality in Italian Science Fiction, in Immortal Engines: Life Extension and Immortality in Science Fiction and Fantasy, George Slusser, Gary Westfahl & Eric Rabkin editors. University of Georgia Press, 1996.

Active Mentorship in Scholarly Publishing: Why, What, Who, How, in The Politics and Processes of Scholarship, Joseph M. Moxley and Lagretta T. Lenker, editors. Greenwood Press, 1995.

Good Wizard/Bad Wizard: Merlin and Faust Archetypes in Contemporary Children__s Literature. Merlin Versus Faust: Contending Archetypes in Western Culture, edited by Charlotte Spivack. Edwin Mellen Press, 1992.

We're on the Eve of 2000: Writers and Critics Speak Out on HyperCard, Cyberpunk, and the (New?) Nature of Narrative, with Alida Allison. Fiction 2000: Cyberpunk and the Future of Narrative. University of Georgia Press, 1992.

From Othello to Otello: Ira Over Gelosia, with Jean-Pierre Barricelli. Melopoiesis. New York University Press, 1988.


Yarbro's Historical Novel for Young Adults: Locadios Apprentice; Diana Wynne Jones Comic Fantasy, Howl's Moving Castle; and Break of Dark: Robert Westall's Eerie Short Stories for Youth in Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults, Vol. 6. Beacham Publishing, 1994.

Italo Calvino. Magill__s Survey of World Literature. Cavendish Publishers, 1992.

Italo Calvino. Critical Survey of Short Fiction: Revised Edition. Salem Press, 1993.

A Conversation with Leonardo, by John Ciardi, A Magus, by John Ciardi, Provisional Conclusions, by Eugenio Montale, and The Wall, by Eugenio Montale. Masterplots II: Poetry. Salem Press, 1992.

Dino Buzzati, O. Henry, Tommaso Landolfi, and Alberto Moravia: Revised, updated, and expanded articles in Critical Survey of Short Fiction: Revised Edition. Salem Press, 1993.


Various Santa Rosa Junior College electronic and traditional publications (e.g., College Catalog, websites, the "Quick Curriculum Guide," etc. 2000-2006.

Videoteleconferencing Partnerships for Community Redevelopment. The International Association of Science & Technology for Development CATE__2000 Conference Proceedings, 2000.

Electrifying Education@UCR. Distance Learning Newsletter, UC Riverside, 1996.

Case Studies of Distance Learning at UCR. Distance Learning, Media Resources UC Riverside, 1996.

The Distance Learning Handbook for Media Interns. Distance Learning, Media Resources UC Riverside, 1995.

A Student's Guide to Taking Courses Via Videoteleconferencing. Distance Learning, Media Resources UC Riverside, 1994.

Teaching Excellence: A Resource Book for the UCR Classroom, revised edition; co-editor/co-author. TA Development Program, Graduate Division, UC Riverside, 1989.

Whose Text is This Anyway? and Word or Image: Necessary Opposition? and What does it mean to be human?: Stephen R. Donaldson at UCR. The J. Lloyd Eaton Collection Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 2 (1989).


"Liberating Foreign Language Teaching for Today's Students," for North Coast Language Teachers' Association (NCLTA) Conference, 2012 (Santa Rosa)

"High- and Low-Tech Tools to Liberate Your Teaching," for California Community Colleges Foreign Language Consortium, 2012 (Santa Rosa)

"Graphic Grammar," for California Language Teachers' Association (CLTA) Conference, 2012 (Los Angeles)

California Community College Foreign Languages (CCCFLC) Conference, 2011 (San Francisco)

Foreign Language Association of Northern California (FLANC) Conference, 2012, 2011, 2009 (San Francisco; Berkeley)

SRJC PDA Days, 2012-2001 (Santa Rosa)

Honors and Awards

2014 Brooks Tauzer Lecturer, the highest instructional award granted at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC).

Faculty Fund for Advanced Studies Award for $600 to conduct research in Italy for beginning Italian textbook, "Piazza Nostra: The Italian Learning Experience" (SRJC).

Management Team Outstanding Colleague Award, Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC).

SRJC Instructional Improvement Grant of $45,000 for initiatives in developmental education.

College of Marin (CoM) Partnership for Excellence Grant of $265,000 for non-credit and credit ESL program and faculty development.

California Community Colleges Economic Development Grant for one of five statewide Centers for Information Technology. $178,000 (awarded but not funded due to state budget reductions) for creation of Marin International Information Technologies Institute.

CoM Partnership for Excellence Grants of $220,000 for multiple technology-based and student success educational initiatives.

Children__s Literature Association Research Fellowship of $500 for research on children__s literature and its criticism in Italy.

University of California (UC)Riverside Graduate Council Pre-doctoral Humanities Fellowship of $12,000 for research on 16th-17th century aesthetics.

UC Riverside Humanities Division Independent Research Assistantship of $1,000 for research on historical interrelationships of concepts of the marvelous and the sublime in 16th-17th century art and literature.

UC Riverside Humanities Graduate Student Research Grant of $1,500 for dissertation research in Italy.

UC Riverside Graduate Student Council Fellowship of $9,000.

Advanced Course for Foreign Docents at Perugia University (1 of 150 worldwide) from the Italian Ministry of Public Education.

Ph.D. Qualifying Exams passed with Distinction.

MA Exams passed with Letter of Superior Pass.

Teaching Assistant of the Year Award for Italian, University of California, Riverside.