Joan C. Fingon

Professor Joan Fingon
Charter College of Education
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Office Location: KH A2030




Since 2003 I have had the opportunity of working in a large, public, urban university with many talented faculty and teaching a diverse and unique group of graduate and doctoral level students. My overall goal is to advocate for and support all my students in becoming highly effective classroom/educational leaders in the Los Angeles community.



My research interests are varied including reading and writing best teaching practices for ELL/emerging bilinguals and young struggling readers, children's literature and poetry. I am committed to promoting social justice and public school reform.


I enjoy collaborating, presenting, and publishing research on various educational topics to improve teacher training practices with my colleagues in the Charter College of Education. My recent research includes developing more college-wide collaboration opportunities for faculty in teacher credential and MA in Education Programs. 


Title Date

"Deeping the Poetry Experience: Connecting Student Learning with Technology. (co-authored).The California Reader, 52(3). 9-16.


"Creating Collaborative Learning Opportunities for Reading Specialists and School  Psychologists in University Training Programs, (co-authored). CC News, 29(2) 25-27.


"Experiences and Perceptions of University Students General Education and Special Education Teacher Preparation Faculty Engaged in Collaboration and Co-Teaching Practices, (co-authored). Networks: Online Journal for Teacher Research, 20(2), 1-26.


"Writing Instruction and Secondary Language Acquisition for English Language Learners, (co-authored). International Journal of Literacies. 24(3).

"Nontraditional Texts and the Struggling/Reluctant Reader," Voices From the Middle, 9(4), 70-75
Learning from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms: Using Inquiry to Inform Practice. (co-edited).Teachers College Press. 2012




Ed.D Higher Education Administration, Related field: Reading and Language Arts 1990

  • Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education
    Nashville, Tennessee

C.A.G.S. Reading and Language Arts 1987, M.A. in Reading and Language Arts 1980

  • Castleton State University
    Castleton, Vermont

B.S. Health and Physical Education 1973

  • Southern Connecticut State University
    New Haven, Connecticut