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Prato Faculty

Kevin Murphy, Ph.D., Art History Instructor.

Course taught: Art & Science in Renaissance Italy

A native of Liverpool, I earned his PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London, UK in 1997. I have lived in Prato since then, and I have been Director of the University of New Haven's Tuscany Campus in Prato since its foundation in 2012. Since the mid 90s I have taught courses and seminars in Italian Art History at many North American programs in Italy, and for many years I was Director of the Art History department at the British Institute of Florence. 

What I want to share with my students is  fascination for the remarkable artistic achievements of Renaissance Italy, especially Tuscany. This really comes to life when I take my students to see and explore monuments and galleries at first hand. The experiential activities in my courses, whether they be mapping, model-making, or technical drawing, all help students personally touch the challenges and the accomplishments of some of Italy's greatest artistic and technical minds.

Piero Ianniello, M.A., Italian Language Instructor

Courses Taught: Italian Language

I was born in 1971 in Cassino, Italy, a small town in the surroundings of Rome, sadly known for the events of World War Two. In 1996 I moved to Prato where I have been living ever since.

I graduated in foreign languages and literature (English and French) at the  University of Florence with a dissertation on A. B. Guthrie, which is now owned by the University of Montana. Teaching has always been my passion and an activity that has involved me soon after my degree in a varied number of experiences which all enriched my life from both a professional and a more genuinely humane point of view.

In 2010, I received a Master’s degree in teaching Italian language and culture to foreign students, which of course added professional awareness to my work, enhanced my enthusiasm and gave me new inspiration for my courses.

When in classes, I try to adopt an inductive method. I personally believe that language acquisition happens when we forget about learning a language and just use it to achieve other goals. Consequently, I propose activities in which the students need the language to communicate content, so they are not concentrating on their own performance. In such activities, knowing the language is not the end but the means through which a goal is achieved, effectively reproducing a spontaneous situation outside the class.

I am also involved in other activities, such as freelance journalism, professional training and creative writing, a passion which has awarded me with several prizes. I have also published a number of short-stories, some essays on local history and, recently, Via della Cina, a novel set in Prato. 

Laura D iPofi, M.A., Italian Language and Culture Instructor.

Course Taught: Contemporary Italian Life and Culture

I am originally from Cassino, in Southern Italy, where I also studied and graduated in foreign languages and literatures (English and Russian), while I earned my master’s degree in Theories and methodologies in teaching Italian language and culture to foreign students, from the University of Torvergata, in Rome.

Although I am permanently based in Italy, where I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in a number of North American Institutions, I regularly go to the US as a visiting professor. I believe it is important to immerse myself in the culture of my students in order to have a better understanding of their cultural background and improve my teaching techniques.
My course on Contemporary Italian Life and Culture focuses on Italy and Prato key cultural issues. The aim of the course is learning how to overcome culture shock by transforming it into a learning opportunity, observe and understand human behavior, discuss one’s own opinions  freely and open-mindedly, develop critical thinking skills and personal perspectives on critical issues such as cultural differences, integration, migration, gender equality and women’s rights.

My didactic approach includes interactive classes, films and documentaries, group-discussions in which students are encouraged to utilize their everyday experiences and interactions outside the class and, finally, group role-plays and field trips in order to reinforce positive dynamics within the classroom environment and have a first-hand experience of the topics covered  in the course.

In my free time I enjoy painting and reading books, especially historic essays about ancient recipes and cooking traditions. I have also collaborated to the publication of “IMMAGINA", an Italian text-book for North American students. 

Visiting Faculty

The UNH Tuscany Campus is honored to host visiting professors from the New Haven campus each semester. 

Fall 2012

David A. Schroeder, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences (Criminal Justice).

Vesna Markovic, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science (Criminal Justice, National Security Program).

Spring 2013 

Victor Markiw, D.M.A., Lecturer, Arts & Sciences (Music).

Rachel Torello, Psy.D., Lecturer, Arts & Sciences (Psychology). 

Fall 2013

William Adams, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Tagliatela College of Engineering (Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science). 

Matthew Solomon, Assistant Professor, Arts & Sciences (Art & Design). 

Spring 2014


Fall 2014

Tracy L. Tamborra, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences (Criminal Justice).

Peter Massey, M.S., Lecturer, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences (Forensic Science).

Spring 2015 

Tracy L. Tamborra, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences (Criminal Justice).

Rachel Torello, Psy.D., Lecturer, Arts & Sciences (Psychology).