Mary Renck Jalongo has been a faculty member in the
Professional Studies in Education Department at Indiana University of
Pennsylvania since 1978. During that time, she successfully led the development
of one new undergraduate program and two new master’s degree programs. She has
coordinated the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction for more than 10 years and has implemented major revisions to the program. In 1991–1992, Mary was
named IUP’s distinguished professor, a universitywide award based on teaching,
research, and service.
As a writer, Mary has written, coauthored, and edited more than 30 textbooks
and scholarly books with publishers such as Jossey-Bass, Teachers College
Press, and Information Age Publishing. Two of the college-level texts,
published by Pearson and Allyn & Bacon, have survived to the sixth edition.
In addition, she has written over 30 book chapters; the most recent is “Re-examining the Literature
Review: Purposes, Approaches, and Issues” (co-authored with Kelly Heider) for a
handbook of research methods. Mary also has published monographs, position
papers, and various encyclopedia entries.
With respect to articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, Mary
has received six national awards for excellence in writing, including four
EDPRESS awards. Her two most recently published articles include a focus group
study of doctoral students’ writing (coauthored with faculty from Australia
and Canada) and a qualitative interview study of authors’ and editors’ insights
about writing for publication.
Mary Jalongo is editor-in-chief for a bi-monthly journal
published by Springer International, a position she has held since 1995. She
also serves as series editor for Educating
the Young Child, an edited book series that she launched successfully in 2006
with Springer. Spring 2014 sabbatical projects include three books co-edited
with former doctoral advisees in various stages of completion as well as a book
on research-based strategies for teachers working with young English Language
In terms of service, recent activities include serving as an
education advisor to Sesame Street on children’s vocabulary development; designing
professional development activities for rural Head Start teachers; and volunteering
at schools, libraries, and residential health care facilities to promote
children’s literacy and humane education goals.