Campus Box 1077
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Since coming to the United States in 1991, Iva S. Youkilis has held teaching appointments in Italian at several universities, including the University of Virginia, where she earned her MA in Italian Literature and Language in 1993, University of Michigan, and presently Washington University. She has been teaching Elementary and Advanced Italian language courses (101-201), topical and non-topical conversation courses (215, 301), courses that facilitate the transition between Language and Literature (307, 308) as well as Independent Study custom-made courses for individuals or group of students. She brings to classroom her interest in diverse aspects of Italian culture: language, literature, theater, contemporary cinema, music, art, and role of the media in the rapidly changing Italian society. Her teaching has always emphasized Web-based technologies and she encourages students to explore the Italophone world through these to enhance their language acquisition process.
During ten years at the Department of Romance languages and Literatures, she has coordinated the Elementary Italian sequence, served as a faculty liaison for the student organized group ITALO, worked as a Faculty Associate, facilitated a conversational hour during La Tavola Italiana, and participated enthusiastically in many extracurricular student-organized events. Currently she is directing the Summer Language Institute in Italy.