Alba Frascarelli Alba was born and raised in Italy, where she started her career in Archaeology after getting her Master’s degree in Classics and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Perugia. Also passionate with languages and travels (as a child, she gave up her ballet classes to learn English), in the Spring 2000 she enthusiastically accepted a position as Visiting scholar at the Ruth Patrick Science Educational Center (University of South Carolina), developing the project “You be the archaeologist” for kids K- 5/8. Attending conferences in the US, she was lucky enough to meet UA Regents’ Professor David Soren; his dream of starting a Study Abroad program in Italy, connections with the beautiful hilltop town of Orvieto, and her desire to work in an international setting, lead to the creation of the Arizona in Orvieto Program in the Fall 2002. Since then, Alba has served as Program Manager, welcoming almost 2000 students to Orvieto, that has become the location for the largest UA Study Abroad program.
Dr. Janice McGregor is an Assistant Professor of German and Intercultural Competence and an affiliate faculty member in the Interdisciplinary PhD program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT). As an applied linguist, she is particularly interested in the intersection of language and culture and has led two summer study abroad programs previously. Her research and teaching bring together topics in intercultural learning, multilingualism, and identity. Dr. McGregor will be teaching GER 150B1 - Becoming Transcultural: Maximizing Study Abroad
Dr. Robert Stephan is an archaeologist by training and has taught in the University of Arizona’s Department of Classics since 2016. Dr. Stephan’s research focuses on how the material remains of the past can inform us about the economic performance of pre-modern societies. Basically, he's interested in understanding what cultural factors lead to improvements in economic well-being. During the course of his studies, he has worked on archaeological excavations in Italy, Cyprus, Britain, Armenia, and the American Southwest. At Arizona, Dr. Stephan teaches courses on classical civilization, sports in the Greco-Roman world, drugs in classical antiquity, and the ancient economy. In his free time he mentors and tutors students in a variety of subjects, although his weekends are dedicated to watching the Wildcats on the gridiron and basketball court. Bear Down! Dr. Stephan will be teaching CLAS 160D3 - Critical Concepts in Culture.