Geoffrey Herman

Research and Reform: Creating change in engineering and computer science education



  • Poulsen, S., Butler, L., Alawini, A., & Herman, G. L. (in press). Insights into student behavior while solving SQL homework problems. 25th annual ACM conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE).
  • Faulkner, B., Johnson-Glauch, N., Choi, D., & Herman, G. L. (in press). Where does the calculus go in engineering coursework? Journal of Engineering Education.
  • Johnson-Glauch, N. & Herman, G. L. (in press). How engineering students use domain knowledge when problem solving using different visual representations, Journal of Engineering Education.
  • Herman, G. L., Azad, S. (2020). A comparison of peer instruction with collaborative problem solving in computer architecture course, In Proceedings of the ACM Special Interests Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE ’20).


  • Morphew, J., Silva, M., Herman, G. L., West, M. (2019). Frequent mastery testing with second-chance exams leads to enhanced student learning in undergraduate STEM. Applied Cognitive Psychology.
  • Sherman, A. T., Oliva, L., Golaszewski, E., Phatak, D., Scheponik, T., Herman, G. L., Choi, D. S., Offenberger, S. E., Peterson, P., Dykstra, J., Bard, G. V., Chattopadhyay, Sharevski, F., Verma, R., Vrecenar, R. (2019). The CATS hackathon: Creating and refining test items for cybersecurity concept inventories, IEEE Security & Privacy, 17(6), 77 – 83.
  • Offenberger, S., Herman, G. L., Sherman, A. T., Oliva, L., Peterson, P., Scheponik, T., Golaszewski, E. M. (2019). Initial validation of the Cybersecurity Concept Inventory: Pilot testing and expert review, In Proceedings of the 49th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Cincinnati, OH, Oct. 16-19.
  • Herman, G. L., Varghese, K., Zilles, C. (2019). Second-chance testing course policies and student behavior, In Proceedings of the 49th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Cincinnati, OH, Oct. 16-19.
  • Scheponik, T., Golaszewski, E., Herman, G., Offenberger, S., Oliva, L., Peterson, P. A. H., Sherman, A. T.
    (2019). Investigating crowdsourcing to generate distractors for multiple-choice assessments, In Proceedings of the National Cyber Summit. June. 
  • Faulkner, B., Earl, K., & Herman G. L. (2019). Mathematical maturity for engineering students, International Journal of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, 5(1), 97-128.
  • Johnson-Glauch, N. & Herman, G. L. (2019). Engineering representations guide student problem solving in Statics, Journal of Engineering Education, 108(2), 220-247.
  • Tomkin, J. H., Beilstein, S. O., Morphew, J. W., Herman, G. L. (2019). Evidence that Communities of Practice are Associated With Active Learning in Large STEM Lectures, International Journal of STEM Education, 6(1), 1-15.
  • Mestre, J.P., Herman, G.L., Tomkin, J.H., & West, M. (2019). Keep your friends close and your colleagues nearby: The hidden ties that improve STEM education. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 51(1), 42-49.
  • Ma, S., Herman, G. L., West, M., Tomkin, J., & Mestre, J. (2019). Studying STEM faculty communities of practice through social network analysis, Journal of Higher Education.


  • Tomkin, J., West, M., Herman. & G. L. (2018). An improved grade point average, with applications to CS undergraduate education analytics, ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 18(4), Article 17, 16 pages.
  • Ma, S., Herman, G. L., West, M., Tomkin, J., Mestre, J. (2018). Spreading teaching innovations in social network: The bridging role of mentors, Journal of STEM Education Research. DOI:
  • Thompson, J., Herman, G. L., Scheponik, T., Golaszewski, E., Sherman, A. T., DeLatte, D., Phatak, D., Patsourakos, K., Oliva, L. (2018). Student misconceptions about cybersecurity concepts: Analysis of think-aloud interviews, Journal of Cybersecurity Education Research and Practice, 2018(1), Article 5.
  • Herman, G. L., Green, J. C., Hahn, L., Mestre, J., Tomkin, J., West, M. (2018). Implementing evidence-based instructional practices across STEM departments at a large research university, Journal of College Science Teaching, 47(6), 32-38.
  • Nip, T., Gunter, E., Herman, G. L., Morphew, J., West, M. (2018). Using a computer-based testing facility to improve student learning in a programming languages and compilers course, In Proceedings of the ACM Special Interests Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE ’18). DOI: 10.1145/3159450.3159500 (35% Acceptance Rate)
  • Johnson-Glauch, N.E. & Herman, G. L. (2018, April). Student conceptions of stress and mechanical failure probed through different visual representations of material stress. Poster presented at the 2018 Illinois Indiana ASEE Section Conference, West Lafayette, IN. (Best Poster Award)
  • Sherman, A. T., DeLatte, D., Neary, M., Oliva, L., Phatak, D., Scheponik, T., Herman, G. L., Thompson, J. (2018). Cybersecurity: Exploring core concepts through six scenariosCryptologia, 42(4), 337-377. DOI: 10.1080/01611194.2017.1362063.
  • Parekh, G., DeLatte, D., Herman, G. L., Oliva, L., Scheponik, T., Sherman, A. T. (2018). Identifying core concepts of cybersecurity: Results of two Delphi processesIEEE Transactions on Education, 61(1), 11-20. DOI: 10.1109/TE.2017.2715174.
  • Choi, D. S., Earl, K., Cross, K., Herman, G. L. (2018). The challenge of fidelity of outcomes: Insights from an effectiveness study of a low-cost, Intrinsic Motivation Course Conversion. International Journal of Engineering Education, 34(1), 141-154.