Allison Fraiberg

School of Business & Society

Allison Fraiberg

Areas of Expertise

Communication and Critical Thinking Organizational Leadership

Strategic Writing & Presentations for Organizations and Entrepreneurs

The Liberal Arts in Business and Management

Cultural and Popular Studies of Business


Ph.D., English (Cultural Studies), University of Washington, 1993.

M.A., English, Tulane University, 1989.

B.A., English (Film & Communications), McGill University, 1987. 

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Meet Allison Fraiberg

Allison Fraiberg is a professor of communication and cultural studies in the School of Business, where she teaches courses on leadership communication, business and management consulting, and critical thinking. Allison has won numerous teaching awards at Redlands, and she especially enjoys her classroom experiences with working professional students. As associate director of International Programs, she leads students on short-term, business-focused, study-abroad programs tailored for working professionals. Recent journeys have included the UK, France, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Each international program Allison designs focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship. Later this year, she will co-lead the School of Business’s inaugural study tour in South Africa.

Her research bridges the often-wide gap between the arts and business, and between professional education and the liberal arts. Finding ways to bring the humanities and arts into business education challenges Allison to focus on the "why" of our intentions and actions—in business, in leadership, and in life. “If all a business school does is teach students how to do obediently the things we already do in business,” she explains, “then we suffocate innovation and imagination—and we fail both our students and the most creative aspects of business.” Allison’s research has appeared in The Journal of Management Inquiry, The Journal of Management Education, The Journal of Leadership Studies, Pedagogy, and elsewhere.

In addition to her work at Redlands, Allison designs and facilitates workshops on 21st-Century business skills for corporate clients primarily in Southern California. Aimed at bringing persuasive communication skills to the region’s organizational leaders and entrepreneurs, her workshops on proposal writing, entrepreneurial pitches and presentations, and resume-building are interactive, customized, and current. Recent workshops have been held at WeWork sites, the US Consulate in Vietnam, and Citizens Business Bank.

When she isn’t working, Allison can usually be found on a golf course.


Courses Taught

Leadership Communication

Purposeful Leadership

International Area Studies (Study Abroad for Working Professionals) – Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Business & Management Consultancy Capstone

Critical Analysis: Written & Oral Communication

Critical Perspectives on Management

Writing Workshop – 21st Century Business Skills

Presentations Workshop – 21st Century Business Skills


In Progress: MacQueen, M., Fraiberg, A., and Schroeder, K. (2018). Experiential Learning in Short-Term Business Education Study Abroad: Using Story Maps as a Reflective Observation Tool.

Fraiberg, A. (2018). Presentations That Deliver! Resource workbook.

Fraiberg, A. (2018). Secrets to Writing Persuasive Reports, Proposals, and Research Projects. Resource workbook.

Spee, J. & Fraiberg, A. (2015). Topics, Texts, and Critical Approaches: Integrating Dimensions of Liberal Learning in an Undergraduate Management Course. Journal of Management Education special issue: “Integrating Liberal Learning, Humanities and Management Education,” 39 (1), 56-80.

Fraiberg, A. (2015). Writing and Presentations Quick Guide. [Study Text].

Fraiberg, A. (2010). Teaching Literature and Language Online. (Review).  The Rocky Mountain Review 64(2), 255-257.

Fraiberg, A. (2010). “With Edges of Rage and Despair”: Anger and the Poetry of Office Life. Journal of Management Inquiry, 19 (3), 196-207.

Fraiberg, A. (2010). Fiction, Business Studies, and Leadership: From Know-How to Embracing Impossibility. The Journal of Leadership Studies, 3(4), 97-101.

Fraiberg, A. (2009). Blending Globalization, Business, and Liberal Arts. Editors’ Choice Selection.  Academic Exchange Quarterly, 13(3), 156-162. 

Invited Presentations

Fraiberg, A. “Presentations That Deliver!” WeWork, Costa Mesa and La Jolla, October 2018.

Fraiberg, A. “Freedom of Expression Through Writing: Finding Our Voices in Digital Times.” American Center, US Consulate, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2017.

Fraiberg, A. “Learning to Hesitate in a World of Hyper-Efficiency: How Humanities Faculty Might Collaborate with Business Schools.” International Journal of Arts & Sciences Multidisciplinary Conference, Boston, 2016.

Fraiberg, A. “Extreme Collaboration: Bringing Poetry About Work to the Business Classroom.” Twelfth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Madrid, Spain, 2014.

Fraiberg, A. & George, E.L. “Effacing Disciplinary Divides between Business and English: Lessons Learned from European Union Collaboration.” Eleventh International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Budapest, Hungary, 2013.

Fraiberg, A. "Teaching With TED: Turning Cool Subjects into Critical Analysis" and Session Chair for Practical Approaches to Teaching Culture panel. Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention, Boulder, CO, 2012.

Fraiberg, A. “’Real-World Poetry’: Approaches to Teaching About Working Life.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention, Scottsdale, AZ, 2011.

Fraiberg, A. "Donning the Scarlet Letter: Embracing Campus Academics Outside the English Department." Northeast Modern Language Association Convention. Montreal, Canada, 2010.

Fraiberg, A. “When Critical Thinking Isn’t Enough: Approaches to Teaching Problem-Solving.” California Business Educators Association Conference. Riverside, California, 2009.

Fraiberg, A. & George, E.L. “The Audacity of Hope; The Imperative of Cultural Studies:  Dealing with Despair in the Literary Sites of Business Cultures.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference. Utah, 2009.