Faculty Profile

David McCurry, EdD, MEd, MFA

Adjunct Faculty and Doctoral Faculty Advisor



Dr. McCurry has worked internationally and in the US for over 40 years in the fields of Teacher Education, Information and Communications Technology in Education, Field Extension Communications and Curriculum and Materials Development. He is a former Fulbright Lecturer (Malawi, 1988 to 1991) and US Peace Corps Volunteer (The Gambia, 1980 to 1983). He has published in the areas of technology and society, technology in teacher education and African educational research.

After 18 years working in African educational development, he spent 8 years as a professor of education in the US, directing Masters of Education and electronic portfolio assessment programs in addition to regular teaching, research and advising duties, moving to South Carolina and co-founding Jacaranda Educational Development with his wife, Dr. Bonnie Mullinix, in 2006.

His academic specialties are in the areas of instructional design and curriculum development, the materials and technology of teaching and learning, qualitative research using visual data (video and photography), application of ethnographic research to organizational assessment and evaluation, and international development education. David worked for 9 years in Online/Distance Education Program Management in higher education, building institutional strategies and vision, faculty development and training programs, course and instructional design support for higher education staff. He is also a working artist and musician. Dr. McCurry teaches for Franklin University as a Qualitative Research Methodologist in the Doctor of Education Professional Studies program and currently serves on the board of the Southern Region Faculty and Instructional Development Consortium in the US. 


University of Massachusetts Amherst (Amherst, Massachusetts)
Doctor of Education, Education
Goodard College (Plainfield, Vermont)
Master of Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts
University of Massachusetts Amherst (Amherst, Massachusetts)
Master of Education, Education
University of California (Santa Cruz, California)
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Work Experience

2021 - Present
Franklin University, Adjunct Faculty and Doctoral Faculty Advisor
2020 - Present
Jacaranda Educational Development, LLC, Senior Researcher and Co-President, Greenville, South Carolina
2015 - 2020
University of South Carolina Upstate, Director of Distance Education, Greenville, South Carolina
2012 - 2015
Converse College, Director of Distance Education,, Spartanburg, South Carolina
2008 - 2012
The Teaching, Learning and Technology Group, Inc, Senior Staff Member and Producer/Director of Online Events, Takoma Park, Maryland
2006 - 2015
Jacaranda Educational Development, LLC, Co-President and Senior Educational Research Consultant, Greenville, South Carolina
2004 - 2006
Monmouth University, School of Education, Associate Professor of Education, Long Branch, New Jersey
1998 - 2004
Monmouth University, School of Education, Assistant Professor of Education, Long Branch, New Jersey
1995 - 1998
Institute for International Research / American Institutes of Research, Acting Chief of Party and Senior Technical Advisor
1991 - 1995
Ilios Educational Media Consulting, Educational Media Consultant,, South Amherst, Massachusetts
1990 - 1991
FAO / UNDP Assistance to Forestry Sector Project, Extension Communications Specialist
1998` - 1998
UNESCO Namibia, Consultant and Senior Technical Advisor

Publications & Presentations

McCurry, D. (2018). Towards a common data set for online program management. Online Journal of Dis-tance Learning Administration.
McCurry, D. (2017). A concierge model for supporting faculty in online course design. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration.
McCurry, D. (2016). Ten concierge “keys” for supporting individualized online course develop-ment. Faculty Focus.