School of Education and Human Development

Catherine Fallona

Professor for Literacy, Language & Culture and Department Chair for PhD in Public Policy

Office Location

McClellan House - 140 School Street, Gorham, ME 04038



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D, University of Arizona
  • M.Ed., University of Arizona
  • B.S., University of Maine


Professional Profile

Dr. Fallona is a faculty member in the Literacy, Language and Culture Program, housed within the School of Education and Human Development. She conducts applied and policy educational research.  Her research interests include studying novice and expert teachers' actions, intentions, and ways of thinking about teaching and learning related to the democratic and moral missions of schooling.  Recently, she has engaged as a member of the research team for the Maine Education Policy Research Institute in the Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation that completed a study identifying distinguishing characteristics of a sample of Maine’s improving schools.

Dr. Fallona has served in many leadership roles at the University of Southern Maine.  Currently, she is the Program Coordinator for the Ph.D. in Public Policy with a Concentration in Education Leadership and Policy, is the Director of the Literacy Education Practicum and the faculty liaison to USM’s Confucius Institute.  She has served as Associate Dean, Director of Teacher Education, Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Coordinator of the Teachers for Elementary and Middle Schools Program.  Dr. Fallona has taught courses including Data Collection and Analysis, Language and Literacy Development, Children’s Literature, Reading Development and Instruction, Teaching Reading, Curriculum Design and Teaching, Learning and Assessment. Prior to joining the USM faculty in 2000, Dr. Fallona was assistant professor of elementary education at the University of Georgia.

Areas of Expertise

  • Teacher Education
  • Moral Dimensions of Teaching
  • Qualitative Research Methods, Practitioner Inquiry
  • Curriculum Development
  • Literacy