Terri Hebert

Dr. Hebert has been at IU South Bend since 2012. She teaches undergraduate courses for the elementary education program, including courses in science methods and inquiry. She is also serving as Faculty Advisor of the IUSB-NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) Student Chapter, established in the fall of 2014. In the community, she serves on the Nuner Primary Center Advisory Board and is a recent graduate of the Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy. Each fall and spring, she coordinates service-learning opportunities for her students occurring onsite at specified primary and intermediate schools within the South Bend Community School Corporation. In addition, she serves as Principal Investigator of a three-year Indiana Department of Education’s Math/Science Partnership Grant titled, ED2 – Earth Day Every Day, totaling $481,000.

Her research focuses on K-12 and postsecondary science education – the role place has in the selection of resources, content delivery, and student engagement. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, Dr. Hebert continues to examine a blended approach of place- and problem-based learning, especially in consideration of a teacher’s self-efficacy regarding science instruction and the students’ responsiveness with and knowledge in science content. Her current research projects are two-fold: (1) practical application within the elementary grades; and theoretical/pedagogical information stemming from the MSP grant. Year One of ED2 – Earth Day Every Day involved a total of 50 intermediate grade teachers and students as they explored Michiana science-related outdoor learning sites (i.e., St. Joseph River, Potawatomi Zoo, IU South Bend Reclaimed Wetlands, Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Preserve). Year Two saw a substantial growth in attendance, involving 125 intermediate grade teachers and students. A weeklong teacher leadership component was added and offered provided returning participants an opportunity to receive formal training in Problem-Based Learning strategies and the Hoosier Riverwatch program. The outdoor learning sites also expanded during Year Two, including the Indiana Dunes and a larger expanse of the St. Joseph River. Emerging from the MSP grant, three published articles and one currently under review. In addition, numerous national presentations have been made on its behalf. Social media links for ED2 – Earth Day Every Day include Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/earthday2?ref_type=bookmark) and an official website (https://www.sites.google.com/site/earthdaysbcsc/home).

Dr. Hebert earned a B.A. in Library Science and Art from Louisiana Tech University (Ruston, LA) in 1981, a B.A. in Elementary Education from Louisiana Tech University (Ruston, LA) in 1985, a Master of Science in Technology from the University of Texas at Tyler (Tyler, TX) in 2000, and an Ed.D. in Secondary Education/Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX) in 2006. In addition, she has 30 combined hours in science education and school administration. Prior to coming to IU South Bend, Dr. Hebert taught undergraduate middle level courses in methodologies and pedagogy; graduate level courses in research, methodologies and pedagogy, and technology for both Master’s of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students and Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership (ASTL) students. She also served as Program Coordinator of the ASTL graduate track and facilitated an Arkansas Department of Education non-traditional licensure program for individuals wishing to fast track their teaching career. During her K-12 tenure, Dr. Hebert taught science to students ranging in grades four through ten in both Louisiana and Texas public and private schools.


B.A. Library Science and Art, Louisiana Tech University (Ruston, LA)
B.A. Elementary Education, Louisiana Tech University (Ruston, LA)
M.S. Technology, University of Texas at Tyler (Tyler, TX)
Ed.D Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX)


EDUC E-328: Science in the Elementary School
EDUC Q-200: Introduction to Inquiry


2014 – IU South Bend, SEED ($659.94)
2013 – IU South Bend, SEED ($1000.00)
2013-2015 – IU South Bend, Assessment ($3,000.00)
2013-2016 – Indiana Department of Education, Math/Science Partnership ($481,000.00)


  • Indiana University South Bend, Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Search
  • Committee Member, 2013-2014
  • National Science Teachers Association, Project NOAH Amazon Advisory Board,
  • 2013-2014
  • South Bend Community School Corporation, STEM Magnet School Writing Team,
  • 2013-2014
  • South Bend Community School Corporation, Madison Primary Center, STEM Curriculum
  • Board, 2013-2016
  • South Bend Community School Corporation, Nuner Primary Center, Advisory Board,
  • 2012-Present



Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc. (2012-Present)

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (2006-Present)
  • American Education Research Association (2014-Present)
  • National Science Teachers Association (2000-Present), Pre-Service Teaching Committee Member (2010-2014); Science & Children Advisory Board Member (2013-2016)
  • National Science Education Leadership Association (2012-Present), Informal Science
  • Education Committee Member (2013-Present)
  • Hebert, T. (Forthcoming). In the watery world. Science & Children.
  • Gillan, A., & Hebert, T. (2014). Collaborating with community partners to support authentic
  • inquiry. Science & Children, 51(9), 59-65.
  • Hebert, T., Martin, D., & Slattery, T. (2014). Growing gardens, growing minds. Science &
  • Children, 51(7), 52-59.
  • Hebert, T. (2012). Effects of a service-learning environment on middle level educators’
  • social responsibility and professional success (Invited article). ATE Middle Level SIG
  • Newsletter, Summer 2012.


Shapiro, D. (2013). National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Reports Monthly Newsletter: Job Hunting.


  • Gillan, A., & Hebert, T. (2014, Non-attended). The Learning Center builds content-
  • confident pre-service teachers. Annual Conference of the National Science Teachers
  • Association, Boston, MA.
  • Bishop, M., Hebert, T., Skarbeki, D. & Smith, L. (2014). Supporting distance education
  • instructors, courses, and programs: What deans, directors, and chairs need to know
  • (or think about). American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s 66th
  • Annual Meeting and Exhibits, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Hebert, T., & Slattery, T. (2014). Three-hour Workshop: ED2: Earth Day Every Day.
  • HASTI Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Hebert, T. (2013). ED2: Earth Day Every Day. Northwest Regional Conference of the
  • National Science Teachers Association, Portland, OR.
  • Hebert, T. (2013). Science and stories: Connecting literature in the lab. HASTI Annual
  • Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Hebert, T., & Hogan, C. (2012). What’s different about differentiation? Arkansas
  • Federation Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Hot Springs, AR.
  • Hebert, T. (2012). Building relationships through service learning resulting in student
  • success. 2012 Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, San Antonio,
  • TX.
  • Hebert, T., Bunn, G., Whittingham, J., & Wake, D. (2012). Motivating factors, interest, and
  • positive affect in traditional and nontraditional graduate students: Pursuance of
  • continuing education and/or initial teacher licensure. 2012 Association of Teacher
  • Educators Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.


Library Science/Learning Resources (Louisiana, Texas)
Teaching, K-8 (Louisiana, Texas)