Joan C. Fingon

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




Since 2003 I have had the opportuntiy of working in a large public urban university and community teaching a diverse group of graduate and doctoral level students. My primary goal is to advocate for and support all my students to become highly effective classroom teachers, and educational leaders in the Los Angeles area.


My research interests are varied including classroom reading and writing research, gifted and talented, ELL/emerging bililinguals and writing, children's literature, and poetry. I am committed to promoting soical justice and public school reform.


I enjoy collaborating and publishing research with my colleagues in the Charter College of Education. My most recent research interests include qualitative methods using case studies on various topics and team teaching in MA programs with my coleagues in other programs to promote better teacher- leaders. 


Title Date
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 Middle 2012
"Integrating Children's Books and Literacy into the Physical Education Curriculum" Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators 2011
"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 Quarterly 2009



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