He taught at Stanford University between 1964 and 1969, and was a post-doctoral fellow for three years at the Institute of Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg, Virginia, 1969-1972. In 1972 he was appointed Editor of Publications at the Institute. From 1983 to 2006, he was Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.
- Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Fellowship
- 1975-76 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
- 1978-79 National Humanities Center Fellowship in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
- 1983 Merle Curti Award
- Moral Philosophy at Seventeenth-Century Harvard: A Discipline in Transition, University of North Carolina Press. 1981
- Jonathan Edwards's Moral Thought and Its British Context, University of North Carolina Press. 1981
(pamphlet) A Guide to Book Publication for Historians (Washington, D. C.: American Historical Assn., 1979). 40 pp.
"President Samuel Johnson and the Circle of Knowledge," William and Mary Quarterly, XXVIII (April 1971), 199-236.
"Solomon Stoddard's Library at Harvard in 1664," Harvard Library Bulletin (July 1972), 255-269.
"Will and Intellect in the New England Mind," William and Mary Quarterly, XXIX (Oct. 1972), 515-558. (Best article award, William and Mary Quarterly, 1972).
"A Reply to George Steiner," Visible Language, VI (Summer, 1972), 218-222.
"Irresistible Compassion: An Aspect of Eighteenth-Century Sympathy and Humanitarianism," Journal of the History of Ideas, XXXVII (April 1976), 195-218.
"Editing the Historian's First Book," The Maryland Historian, VII (Spring 1976), 61-69.
"The Transatlantic Republic of Letters: A Note on the Circulation of Learned Periodicals to Early Eighteenth-Century America," William and Mary Quarterly, XXXIII (Oct. 1976), 642-660.
"Early American Philosophy vs. Philosophy in Early America," Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, XIII (Summer 1977), 216-237.
"Benjamin Franklin and the Way to Virtue," American Quarterly, XXX (July 1978), 199-223.
"The First American Enlightenment: Tillotson, Leverett, and Philosophical Anglicanism," New England Quarterly, LIV (Sept. 1981), 307-334. (Winner of the Walter Muir Whitehill Prize, Col. Society of Massachusetts).
"Comment on Thomas Tanselle's, 'The Bibliography and Textual Study of American Books," American Antiquarian Society Proceedings, XCV, Part I (Worcester, Mass.), 1985, 152-160.
"The Rationalist Foundations of Jonathan Edwards's Metaphysics," in Nathan O. Hatch and Harry S. Stout, Jonathan Edwards and the American Experience (Oxford U. Press, 1989) isbn= 978-0-19-506077-5
"Philosophy" in the three-volume Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies, ed. Jacob E. Cooke (New York, 1993).
- Edward G. Gray, Norman Fiering, eds. (2000). The Language Encounter in the Americas, 1492-1800. New York: Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-210-0.
- Paolo Bernardini, Norman Fiering, eds. (2001). The Jews and the Expansion of Europe to the West, 1450 to 1800. New York: Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-430-2.
- David Patrick Geggus, Norman Fiering, eds. (2009). The World of the Haitian Revolution. Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-35232-3.
- "Author's website"
- "The New England Mind Revisited", Virginia Quarterly Review, Philip F. Gura, Summer 1982
- "Interview with Norman Fiering", Daniel J. Slive, RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, VI, no. 2 (Fall 2005), pp. 124-140.
- "'Tremendous Satisfaction from Helping People to Pursue Their Research,' An Interview with Norman Fiering," Jaap Jacobs, Itinerario, XXVIII, no. 2 (2004), pp. 7–13