Dr. Sharon Herbers


Sharon Herbers, Ph.D.Dr. Sharon Herbers  was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in an era when Elvis was King of Rock and Roll and Dr. Martin Luther King was shot on a balcony before he could lead a poor people’s campaign for economic justice. This set the stage for a deep appreciation for social context. She went to college at St. Louis University, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, immediately followed by a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Memphis State University. Her first career in mental health included work at a state hospital, a community mental health center, and private practice, which eventually led to teaching psychology at an art college. Like a labyrinth, the center was a belief in teaching and learning but the path was a spiral. Five years as a Director of Student Life prompted a return to school to learn more about higher and adult education, culminating in a Doctorate in Education from the University of Memphis. She joined the faculty as an instructor in the Leadership Department at U of M. In 2005, she came to UIW to teach in Adult Education. 

Awards and Accomplishments

2015 UIW nominee for the Minnie Stevens Piper Award

Research Interests

Reflective practice and contemplative pedagogy, creativity and play throughout the life cycle, transformative learning, community education, and social justice.

Personal Interests

Walking, reading, film and family.


“I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.”

- Rosa Parks

Courses Taught

  • Adult Learning and Development
  • Program Development
  • Educational Gerontology
  • Women’s Leadership in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Reflective Practice
  • College Environments


Ed.D., Educational Leadership
Specialization: Higher and Adult Education
The University of Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee

M.A., Clinical Psychology
Memphis State University
Memphis, Tennessee

BA, Psychology
St. Louis University
St. Louis, Missouri