Irma Giannetti

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I grew up in Cluj-Napoca (or Kolozsvr, or Klausenburg, depending on your mother tongue) Romania, a lively multiethnic city with a long history, a shallow river, and two operas. As a child I liked reading and I learned English for fun. For high school, I majored in biology and chemistry, because those were my interests at the time. By the time I reached college age, my interests drew me toward modern languages–I majored in English and minored in French. I planned and trained to be a teacher of English.

To be the best teacher I could be, I set out to study English at the graduate level in Texas. An interest in comparative literature brought me to Penn State for more graduate-level work. Thus, for my first career I taught or assisted faculty in teaching a great variety of undergraduate courses: American literature, French conversation, introduction to the short story and forms of world literature, world mythology, and quite a few courses in composition. My second career--my first full-time job--took me in the direction of technology support. First as an information technology specialist, then as an information technology manager, I assisted Penn State students and faculty in the use of the University's course management system.

My third career as an adviser in the Division of Undergraduate Studies brings together my newer interest in human development and my lifelong commitment to reading and learning. Advising allows me direct interaction with students, whom I can guide and encourage as they embark on the quest many of us undergo before we find our place in the world.

When not on campus, you can find me reading, cooking, knitting (or sewing), and listening to the radio. My husband and I take long walks often, and when given the chance we like to hike. But if you asked us, we would tell you our favorite pastime is to do absolutely nothing, as long as we can do it in a city. Take that "nothing" to be a figure of speech: while we criss-cross the downtown, we invariably end up in a bookstore, music store, or a museum.


  • B.A. in English with a minor in French, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania
  • M.A. in English, Texas State University, San Marcos

Current Position

Senior Undergraduate Studies Adviser; Undergraduate Studies Programs Coordinator, College of Information Sciences and Technology

Research & Teaching Interests

The uses of narrative in academic exploration and academic advising; tools for advising; international students and issues of cultural immersion.

Contact Information

Office: 119 Grange Building
Phone: 814-865-7576
Fax: 814-863-8913