Dr. Fiene has taught grades 4, 5, 6, physical education, and has served as an assistant principal in an elementary school. Her doctorate is in reading and language. Her specialty area is in reading development, specifically reading comprehension and classroom instruction. She has presented her research at local, national, and international conferences.
Dr. Fiene is an active member of Kappa Delta Pi and has served on the Executive Council for this international organization. She is also co-faculty councilor for the Elmhurst chapter. She is a member of the International Reading Association and National Reading Conference.
Her current scholarship focuses on reading in the content area and understanding how additional courses in reading instruction at the undergraduate level may impact a novice teacher’s pedagogy. Her service includes a partnership with the Niebuhr Center where she coordinates efforts to provide summer literacy instruction for K- 8 students living in the Latino community.