Cinzia Forasiepi

Adjunct Faculty


Cinzia Forasiepi teaches credential and master's courses at the School of Education in the areas of early literacy and elementary education as well as first and second language acquisition, second language teaching and assessment, and literacy. A native of Perugia the "Green Heart of Italy", Dr. Forasiepi speaks Italian, French and English and is a certified translator. After graduating in Political Science and in Translation, she moved with her husband to Victoria, Canada where she worked as a French-Italian translator for the Canadian government and an English-Italian translator for the Italian Consulate.

While in Canada, teaching Italian, she focused on her interests in language teaching and linguistics. This interest continued after moving to Sonoma County, California where she taught in the local Italian Cultural Center and took charge of organizing the entire Italian language program. Her continued excitement about language and literacy resulted in a Master's in Reading and Language. In 2007 she was awarded the Chancellor Doctoral Incentive Program of the California State University to further her education in the field, and she subsequently earned a doctorate at USF in International and Multicultural Education with an emphasis in Second Language Acquisition.

Dr. Forasiepi enjoys supervising teacher candidates as they do their practica in local public schools or ESL classrooms. When not involved in academics, she enjoys celebrating life with friends and family; wine-making in Sonoma County, cooking, and revisiting Italy.

Research Areas

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Linguistics
  • Literacy
  • Translation
  • Immigration


  • EdD, International and Multicultural Education, Emphasis in Second Language Acquisition, University of San Francisco, CA