Irina Renfro, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literature

Office Phone: (951) 343-4549
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 258
Office Hours: MON: 2:00p-5:00p.TUES: By Appointment.WED: 2:00p-5:00p.THURS: By Appointment.FRI: 2:00p-5:00p.

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.A. Languages & Literature St. Petersburg University, Russia 1974
B.A. Languages & Literature Saratov State University, Russia 1967
  • Additional Education

    Institute of Children's Literature Redding Ridge, Conn. Diploma, 1987

  • Courses Taught

    ENG 201 Introduction to Literature
    ENG 243 American Literature II
    ENG 263 Survey of World Literature II
    ENG 343 18-19th Century British Literature
    HON 250 Honor Seminar (Russian Literature)
    RUS 115 Russian I
    RUS 125 Russian II
    ECH 330 Language Development
    ECH 320 Cognitive Development in Infancy & Early Childhood
    ENG 223 British Lit. of 19-20th cent.
    ENG 233 Survey of American Literature
    ENG 303 Topics in World Literature
    ENG 333 British Lit. of 17th century
    ENG 345 Nineteenth Century American Literature
    ENG 353 Children's Literature
    ENG 399 Independent Studies (Shakespeare, Russian I, Russian II)
    ENG 413 Shakespeare Studies I
    ENG 463/EDU 563 Linguistics
    ENG 475 Language Acquisition & Development
    ENG 570 World Literature Seminar (Russian Literature of 19th Century)

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Comparative Literature Studies

  • Teaching Experience

    1997-present, California Baptist University
    1994 - 2004, Riverside Community College, Russian language (substitute teacher)
    1996, University of California at Riverside, Theory of Translation & Interpretation
    Samara State University, Russia
    1975-78 European & American Literatures
    1970-71 French Literature of 20th Century
    Novosibirsk region, Russia - High School Russian Language & Literature

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications


    Time & Eternity in Mary Rowlandson book; 2004: Holy Fools & Pilgrims in I. Tolstoy's Stories; 2005: The Christian Ideas in L. Tolstoy's "Childhood." CCL Conference, 2003.

    “The Concept of Physical and Spiritual Space in Russian Drama: Ostrovsky and Chekhov.” CCL Conference at Regis College, Weston, MA. 2007.

    “The Concept of Physical and Spiritual Space in Russian Drama: Ostrovsky and Chekhov.” CBU Faculty Colluquium at California Baptist University, Riverside, CA. March 18, 2009.


    “The Concept of Physical and Spiritual Space in Russian Drama: Ostrovsky and Chekhov” in the book “Making Peace in Our Time”, Regis College, Weston, Mass. 2008.

  • Church Membership & Activities


    In 2005-2009, a member of Knitting group at MAG. The latest projects: items for the American soldiers in Iraq; blankets for children in Loma Linda Hospital; clothes for Russian orphanages.
    Prayer Meetings

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Cooperated in gathering the funds for the Cancer Research Foundation, 2000-2001
    Taught Russian to the group of 9 students before their trip to Russia, 2001
    Translated about 50 letters English to Russian & Russian to English for Church organization in order to provide connection between Russian & American children, 2000-2002
    In 2005 began my Book Club (with CBU students and Alumni) and we still have regular meetings discussing books and films.

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Traveling to Russia (to Siberia) in 2007
    In 2008-2009 several visits to Nebraska to see the grandchildren
    Traveled to Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia in May of 2006
    Visited granddaughter in Nebraska in 2005 & 2006

  • Personal Philosophy

    Any lecture may be your very last one.