Paola Morgavi, Associate Professor of Instruction and Director of the Italian Language Program, holds a Laurea in Lettere from University of Genoa, Italy, and an MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
At Northwestern she teaches language and culture courses and coordinates the first year language program. She has been named to the ASG Faculty Honor Roll in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
In 2010-11 she served as a Freshman Advisor. In 2013 she was appointed to the Fulbright Faculty Advisory Committee. As a member of the Council on Language Instruction, in 2009-11 she served as a co-chair of the Orientation and Meetings Committee and currently she is a member of the Lecturer Development Committee.
Interested in studying the impact of technology on teaching and learning, she co-authored with Elvira G. Di Fabio (Harvard University) a course called “Advanced Training for Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language”. The course was held in Vasto, Italy, in summer 2012. As a participant in the WCAS iPad Project, in spring 2012 she designed and taught Conversation in Italian with the iPad. Previously, in 2006, thanks to a Hewlett grant, she redesigned the website for Creative Writing in Italian.
She is the higher ed co-chair of the AP Italian Language and Culture Development Committee and she is a member of the Ossservatorio della Lingua Italiana at the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago.
She is a certified OPI tester in Italian.