University of Iowa

Linda Fielding

Linda Fielding, black and white photograph
Linda Fielding influenced countelss students during her time serving the College of Education for over 25 years as associate chair of the Division of Curriculum and Instruction, associate dean of Teacher Education and Student Services, and as an associate professor of Elementary Education and Language, Literacy, and Culture.

Fieding’s research interests included classroom techniques for improving literacy learners, and literacy instruction for students and teachers. Through her scholarship and leadership, he was instrumental in the success of the Language, Literacy, and Culture program.

“I can’t really think of how our Language, Literacy, and Culture program could have worked without Linda’s careful, mindful, always intelligent presence,” says Jim Marshall, former colleague of Fielding’s in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction.

Guiding her career at the college was Fielding’s dedication to education, and in all of her endeavors, she consistently prioritized her students.

“She always looked out for students first, and always argued for the right thing, even when it was hard,” says Marshall. “She worked hard at everything that mattered, and she was always ready to step forward when a task needed doing.”

A former Language, Literacy, and Culture faculty member, Cathy Roller, agrees: she says that Fielding’s teaching included in-depth preparation that helped guide her classes in lively discussions in which she circulated around her classroom, listening to students and making their points all feel insightful and important.

“Linda influenced countless students in the course of her career,” Roller says. “She was a consummate teacher above all.”

In addition to being remembered for the impact Fielding had as an educator, she will also be remembered as a highly regarded colleague.

“I’ll always remember Linda as a deeply trustworthy colleague — as someone who could always be relied upon to take charge in a service-oriented, ethical, and capable way,” says Anne DiPardo, former professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Program at the college. “She never seemed to want or need special praise or recognition, but always found meaning and purpose in the work itself, always in serving the larger good.”