Karolina  Serafin

Karolina Serafin

Director of Language Instruction, Italian

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Italian

Teaching Professor, French and Italian


  • Ph.D., Italian Literature, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland
  • M.A., Italian Literature, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland
  • M.A., Second Language Acquisition, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN

About Karolina Serafin

Teaching has been my profession and passion since my first year of university. I have been teaching both in Europe and the United States for 19 years. Teaching language is what gives me the most satisfaction because of the direct contact with my students and the amazing progress I see in them every semester. On the other hand my role in the Department (as coordinator) allows me to help other teachers to become better in their profession. My research interest includes teaching culture and stereotypes in second language classroom as well as online and hybrid model pedagogy.

Courses taught

  • M100 - Elementary Italian I (hybrid and online)
  • M115 - Accelerated Elementary Italian
  • M150 - Elementary Italian II (hybrid and online)
  • M200 - Intermediate Italian I (online)
  • M215 - Accelerated Second-Year Italian
  • M301 - Italian for Wrting and Reading Expression
  • M572 - Italian Teaching Practicum

Honors, fellowships, & awards

  • Trustee Teaching Award, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2015
  • Fellowship to develop online courses - IU College of Arts and Sciences (Summer 2014)
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching for Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher, University of Notre Dame, Indiana (2006)
  • Italian Government Scholarship for Independent Ph.D. Research (2003-2004)
  • Erasmus Socrates Fellowship, University of Leuven, Belgium (1999-2000)
  • Full Scholarship for Master Studies at University of Warsaw (1995-2000)