Joan C. Fingon

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




Since 2003 I have had the honor of working in a large urban community teaching a wonderfully diverse group of graduate and doctoral level students. I also enjoy conducting and publishing research with my colleagues in the Charter College. My primary goal is to advocate for and support my students in becoming highly effective classroom teachers, and literacy and educational leaders.


My research interests are varied including classroom reading and writing research, program evaluation, literacy assessment, ELL/emerging bililinguals and writing, and children's literature. I am committed to promoting the voices of urban teachers for public school reform.


My most recent research interests include qualitative methods using case studies, narrative inquiry and oral histories promoting urban teachers stories. I am also involved in literacy assessment, analyzing students' self-efficacy and developing reading and writing support for students in the CSULA Ed.D Educational Leadership program.


Learning from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms: Using Inquiry to Inform Practice. Teachers College Press.2012
"Nontraditional Texts and the Struggling/Reluctant Reader," Voices From the Middle2012
"Integrating Children's Books and Literacy into the Physical Education Curriculum" Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators2011
"Young Readers Camp: Developing a University Model for Supporting Struggling Readers and Families", The California Reader.2010
"Using Case Studies to Assess Candidates’ Knowledge and Skills in a Graduate Program" Teacher Education Quarterly2009



Ed.D Higher Education Administration, Reading and Language Arts 1989

  • Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education
    Nashville, Tennessee

C.A.G.S. Reading and Language Arts 1987

  • Castleton State University
    Castleton, Vermont

B.S Health and Physical Education 1973

  • Southern Connecticut University
    New Haven, CT