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Dr. Diane Fine

Education

  • B.A. Elementary Education: West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • M.Ed. Special Education: California University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A. Reading Specialist: West Virginia University
  • Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction Literacy Studies: West Virginia University

Biography

Prior to joining the faculty at California University of Pennsylvania in 2014, Dr. Fine taught in the field of education for over 20 years.  She has taught at both the elementary and middle school levels in both general education and special education classrooms, and has served as a middle school reading specialist.  Dr. Fine holds teaching endorsements in elementary K-6, mentally and/or physically handicapped, reading specialist, gifted education 1-12, early childhood K-4, early education PK-K, English 5-9, general science 5-9, and social studies 5-9.  Dr. Fine also holds a graduate certificate in technology integration K-12. 

Dr. Fine is the coordinator for the graduate reading specialist program. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses in reading, language arts, literacy, and field experience.  Dr. Fine also serves as the faculty adviser for the Student-Pennsylvania State Education Association and as a professional development school liaison for Elizabeth Forward School District.

Publications/Research Interests

Dr. Fine’s research interests include reading comprehension, emergent literacy, young adolescent literacy, teachers’ perceptions of literacy, popular culture and new literacies, metacognition, strategic comprehension instruction, and balanced literacy instruction.   

Hands-On Learning

During the summer session, Dr. Fine supervises a summer school field experience at Elizabeth Forward School District where graduate and/or undergraduate students work with struggling rising-Kindergarten children to improve their reading and math skills before entering the traditional Kindergarten setting.  Cal U students attend this summer field experience from the first day of school through the last day of school and have the opportunity to teach whole group, small group, and individual intervention lessons.   

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Childhood Education

Academic Program(s)

  • M.E. Reading Specialist
  • M.E. Elementary Education (with certification)
  • Grad. Cert. Reading
  • B.S. Education in Pre-K - 4 Education
  • B.S. Education in Middle Level (Grades 4-8) Education
  • B.S. Education in Early Childhood/Middle Level Education Services
  • A.S. Early Childhood Education

Contact Information

Email:
fine@calu.edu

Phone:
724-938-4495

Office:
Keystone Hall 323

Quotable

"The best part of my job is having the opportunity to share my passion for teaching and learning with aspiring teachers.  Helping them to grow and achieve their lifelong dream of becoming a teacher is the most rewarding teaching experience of my career."

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