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Dermot Donnelly, Ph.D., B.Sc.

Assistant Professor, Chemical Education
Office Location: Science Building Room 258 
Office Phone: 559.278.5004

Dr. Dermot F. Donnelly is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Education at Fresno State, an Assistant Director of the Science and Mathematics Education Center (SMEC), and the President of the Untenured Faculty Organization.  Dr. Donnelly specializes in the role of instructional technologies to support enhanced student ownership and understanding of scientific concepts.  Such instructional technologies include simulations, virtual laboratories, and online science learning environments.  Other research interests include curriculum development and evaluation, professional development of teachers, and power dynamics in science classrooms. 

Dr. Donnelly is involved in several research projects including the:

  1. "Enhancing the Quality of Undergraduate Investigations in Physical Science (EQUIPS)" project (NSF #1712279); Principal Investigator (PI). National Science Foundation (NSF) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Award. 
  2. "A Study of the Impact of Pre-Service Teacher Research Experience on Effectiveness, Persistence, and Retention" project (NSF #1660777); Co-PI. NSF Collaborative Noyce Proposal Track 4 Award. 
  3. "Investigating Chemistry Laboratories with Inquiry Projects (ICLIPs)" study (Curriculum Development Grant Award); PI. CSUPERB award.

Dr. Donnelly teaches physical science classes to elementary pre-service teachers (NSCI 1A), general chemistry classes to non-chemistry majors (Chem 3A), and laboratory teaching techniques to graduate students (Chem 201; 150-200 students per semester).  Dr. Donnelly is also a Faculty Advisor to the Chemistry Club at Fresno State.  He has participated in the DISCOVERe Mobile Technology Program at Fresno State, has reviewed Learning Management Systems (LMS) as part of a faculty learning community, and has integrated several Affordable Learning Solutions in his courses. He continually seeks innovative ways to make science accessible and engaging for all students through his research and teaching.

Dr. Donnelly is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), and the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA).  He regularly presents at regional, national, and international conferences, and has published in numerous international journals.  He has reviewed over 50 submissions for over 10 international journals including the Review of Educational Research (RER), the Journal of the LearningSciences (JLS), and Computers and Education. He has received several awards including two AERA Outstanding Reviewer Awards, two Publon Awards, a UC Berkeley Postdoc Leadership Award, and a national Irish Ph.D. award.

Dr. Donnelly earned his B.Sc. in Physical Science Education and his Ph.D. in Chemical Education at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where he worked with Dr. John O'Reilly and Dr. Oliver McGarr.  He spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, collaborating with Dr. Suzanne Boniface and Dr. Anne Hume, and 3 years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, working with Professor Marcia Linn.

Select Publications

Donnelly, D. F., Namdar, B., Vitale, J. M., Lai, K., & Linn, M. C. (2016). Enhancing student explanations of evolution: Comparing elaborating and competing theory prompts. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 53(9), 1341–1363. [Available Here]

Donnelly, D. F., Linn, M. C., & Ludvigsen, S. (2014). Impacts and characteristics of computer-based science inquiry learning environments for precollege students. Review of Educational Research, 84(4), 572–608. [Available Here]

Donnelly, D. F., McGarr, O., & O’Reilly, J. (2014). “Just be quiet and listen to exactly what he’s saying”: Conceptualising power relations in inquiry oriented classrooms. International Journal of Science Education, 36(12), 2029–2054. [Available Here]

For further details on Dermot F. Donnelly's teaching and research interests, please see the following links:

Below are links to videos of Dr. Donnelly's community science activities alongside Mr. Don Williams from the Fresno State Physics Department: