associate professor, Klein Family School of Communications Design
M.A., Ph.D., Washington State University
B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara
A.A., Antelope Valley Community College
Fiona earned her B.A. in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Washington State University. From 2004 to 2009 she was an associate professor and coordinator of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement at Sacramento State University; there, she taught undergraduate composition and writing-in-the-disciplines courses as well as graduate courses in the theory and practice of composition, rhetoric and pedagogy. She also served as vice chair of the Department of English.
As interim assistant dean, Fiona ensures coordination and direction across and through UB’s solid infrastructure to support pre-majors—those students who come as first-time freshmen or transfer with fewer than 24 credit hours to UB, from college readiness and dual enrollment programs through a state-of-the-art vertical general education program that ties foundational course work with upper-level course work shared by all UB undergraduates. The effort to organize the curriculum in this fashion is already beginning to show more effective student progression, a major goal and performance measure for UB. In this role, Fiona oversees Freshman Advising and Foundational Studies as well as implementation of the General Education curriculum in Freshman Seminar, First-Year Learning Communities, Foundational Studies, Sophomore Seminar, and the University Writing Program sequence of courses.
As director of the University Writing Program, Fiona works collaboratively with the entire UB community to develop a comprehensive, sequenced writing program across the disciplines—one which extends from an undergraduate student’s first semester through graduation. She serves as a resource for students in ensuring that they receive the right kinds of writing instruction and support at the right time, and as a resource in support of teachers as they assign writing that works in the context of the college classroom and beyond.