Head of the School of Education (Acting) | University College Cork
Fiona is the Director of Sports Studies and Physical Education in the School of Education at University College Cork. She is a Senior Lecturer in Education (Sports Studies and Physical Education). She is currently a visiting professor at Teachers’ College Columbia University, New York.
Fiona is passionate about Design Thinking and has been applying it to her work in education and research for many years.
Fiona’s research occurs at the intersection where sport and education meet. Specifically, the research focus is on (a) Initial and career-long professional learning for physical education teachers; (b) Mentor education in physical education and sports coaching (c) Physical activity promotion across the lifespan using social entrepreneurship (d) Using Design Thinking as a research and practice tool; (e) Wellbeing; (f) digital literacy, digital fluency and digital wellbeing; and (g) Values literacy and values fluency.
She is a reviewer for twelve international journals and is on the Board of Trustees for Association Internationale des Ecoles Superieure d’Education Physique (AIESEP). Fiona is a co-founder of All Island All Active, a multisectoral knowledge exchange platform which promotes physical activity amongst vulnerable groups on the island of Ireland through evidence-based practice. She is the Link Convener of the European Educational Research Association Network 18: Research in Sport Pedagogy. She has worked as an assessor for the Teaching Council of Ireland since 2008. Fiona is the current Chair of Physical Education Teacher Education Ireland (PETE Ireland). She is an External Examiner at the Institute of Technology, Tralee and the University of Birmingham, UK and Cardiff Metropolitan University. She is a founder member of the IRDG Design Thinking SIG. Fiona is the Co-Director of the UCC Sports Scholarships programme and is the academic champion of the Sports Scholarships Strand of the UCC Quercus Talented Students’ programme.