Mary Corwin Herring, Ph.D.

Professor, Curriculum & Instruction
(319) 273-2368
Office Location: 


Mailing Address: 

165 NFH
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0606


Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction: Instructional Technology; Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 1997

Master of Science, Education: Physical Education
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 1989

Bachelor of Science, Physical Education
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 1979

Areas of Expertise 

Instructional Technology; Curriculum Development

Research Interests 

Technological, Pedagogical, Content Knowledge (TPACK), Curriculum, Teacher Effectiveness, Distance Education

Courses Taught 

ELEMECML 7389 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction: Advanced Instructional Design
INTDEPED 7322 Organizational and Community Transformation Section 01 Fall 2015
ELEMECML 6201 Issues and Trends in Curriculum Section 61 Fall 2015

Honors & Awards 

Association for Educational Communication and Technology
• AECT President; 2008-2009
• Presidential Service Award; 2005, 2011
• Division Service Award; 2004
University of Northern Iowa
• College of Education Professional Service Award; 2007
Iowa State University
• Summer Iowa State University Research Excellence Award:
• Design and training for implementation of constructivist-based learning environments; Doctoral Dissertation; 1997

Professional Affiliations 

AECT-Association for Educational Communications and Technology

AACTE-American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education

SITE–Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education


U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership Grant (2010). State of Iowa Teacher Quality Partnership Program. UNI Subcontract Co-Primary Investigator: Herring, M., Davidson, N. ($3,200,000).

Iowa Learning Technology Commission (2006). Iowa Learning Technology Commission Grant Evaluation Team. ($8,000).
Phye, G., Herring, M.; Yarbrough, D.

Iowa Public Television (2004). Digital Content Evaluation Project. ($10,000) Herring, M.; Smaldino, S.

UNI Graduate College Carver Foundation Grant (2010). Teaching and Learning Online: It's all about the pedagogy! Workshop ($3000). Herring, M.; Lindell, L.; Zeitz, L.

Selected Publications 

Herring, M., Curran, C., Stone, J., Davidson, N., Ahrabi-Fard, I., & Zhbanova, K. (2015). Emerging Qualities of Effective Teaching: Embracing New Literacies, The Educational Forum, 79(2), 163-179. The Educational Forum.

Thomas, T., Herring, M., Redmond, P., & Smaldino, S. (2013). Innovation, change, and technology: The evolution of a leadership module to develop TPACK ready teacher candidates. TechTrends 57 (5), 55-63.

Spector, J.M., Lockee, B. B., Smaldino, S. E., & Herring, M. (eds.) (2013), Learning, problem solving, and mindtools: Essays in honor of D. H. Jonassen. New York: Routledge.

Herring, M., & Smaldino, S. (2015). TPACK (technological pedagogical content knowledge): Implications for 21st-century teacher education. In J. Spector (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of educational technology. (pp. 786-788). Thousand Oaks,, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: