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Josephine Tarsia

Josephine Tarsia

Josephine Tarsia

Associate Professor, Spanish and Italian

Academic II, Room 2331


Josephine Tarsia has taught Spanish and Italian courses at RCC since 1998. She teaches Elementary Italian I & II, Elementary Spanish I & II, Intermediate Italian I & II, and Modern Italian Literature. Before coming to the College, she was an adjunct assistant professor of Spanish and Italian at Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY, for 10 years, and previously taught those subjects on the high school level at Maria Regina in Hartsdale, NY, and St. Raymond High School for Boys in the Bronx.

“Learning another language is like finding the key to a door which opens onto a new and enchanted land,” says Tarsia. “A language is a tool of communication which allows us to meet and understand other people, and thereby make new friends. Foreign language study should be undertaken by everyone in every field because it promotes global awareness and appreciation of others. Furthermore, studying another language allows us to understand our first language better.”


  • MS Education, concentration in Spanish literature, Iona College, 1981
  • BA Spanish and Italian literature, Fordham University, 1977


  • Fellowship, AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese), to study at the Cemanahuac Educational Community, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2007
  • Fellowship, Italian Ministry of Education (awarded to teachers of Italian in North America), to study in Siena, Italy, 2003

Professional Accomplishments

  • Permanently certified by the New York State Education Department to teach Spanish and Italian in the state’s public schools
  • Chair, RCC Hispanic Heritage Student Achievement Awards Committee
  • RCC Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, facilitated the following events:
  • “Simón Bolívar,” video presentation and discussion, 2012; Guatemala: “The Human Price of Coffee,” video presentation and discussion, 2013
  • RCC Foundation Scholarship Committee, selection committee member


  • “¡Viva México!,” professional development workshop at RCC, 2008
  • “A Virtual Tour of Tuscany:  Florence, Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano,” Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, 2005
  • “The Enchanted Cities of Tuscany: Under the Very Hot Tuscan Sun,” professional development workshop at RCC, 2004
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