Mirta Pagnucci                                                                              
Mirta Pagnucci, Assistant Professor of Italian and French
at College of DuPage since 2011, and an adjunct instructor in Italian at COD since 2009 was born in Tuscany, Italy, close to Siena, and has an M.A. in Comparative Literature and a Ph.D. in Italian with a minor in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and in 2008 was a Fulbright Exchange teacher to Argentina, where she taught English at the Universidad de Cuyo. She has directed numerous study abroad programs to both Italy and France. She served as director of the COD Siena, Italy program in 2012 and 2014 and the COD Bordeaux, France program director in 2013. Before coming to COD she taught in the Foreign Language department at Northern Illinois University. In addition to her academic interests, Pagnucci enjoys reading historical fiction, learning languages, travel, music and art.


Peggy Durbala

Peggy is the Assistant Director of Foreign Language Teacher Licensure and a Spanish Instructor at Northern Illinois University. She also teaches Spanish at COD. She earned both her Bachelor and Master of Arts in Spanish at Northern Illinois University. Professor Durbala travels to Guerrero, Mexico annually to work as a volunteer interpreter for the Mission of Healing Eyes, a medical mission trip that performs free cataract surgery on the blinded poor of that area. She has traveled extensively in Mexico, and also to Costa Rica, Argentina and Spain. Professor Durbala was the Assistant Director for COD's 2014 Italy Summer Study Abroad. She is excited to be able to help students experience the beauty of Siena and of Italy's language and culture!



Contact Information

Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3509
General inquiries: (630) 942-2356