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Dermot F. Donnelly-Hermosillo, Ph.D., B.Sc.

Assistant Professor, Chemical Education
Office Location: Science 1, Room 258 
Office Phone: 559.278.5004
E-mail: ddonnelly@csufresno.edu
Websites: ResearchGateLinkedInTwitter

Dr. Dermot F. Donnelly-Hermosillo is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Education at Fresno State. Dr. Donnelly-Hermosillo 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-Hermosillo 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-Hermosillo teaches physical science classes to elementary pre-service teachers (NSCI 1A), general chemistry classes to non-chemistry majors (Chem 3A), chemistry and society to non-chemistry majors (Chem 10), and laboratory teaching techniques to graduate students (Chem 201; 100-250 students per semester). 

Dr. Donnelly-Hermosillo is an Assistant Director of the STEM Education Center, a Faculty Advisor to the Chemistry Club, a Faculty Lead for the DISCOVERe Mobile Technology Program, and a member of the senate task force on student ratings. He has reviewed Learning Management Systems (LMS) as part of a faculty learning community and has integrated several Affordable Learning Solutions in his courses. He is also a former President of the Tenure-track Faculty Organization (TFO).

Dr. Donnelly-Hermosillo is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Chemical Society (ACS), 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 70 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 a Fresno State Provost Promising New Faculty Award, two AERA Outstanding Reviewer Awards, two Publon Awards, a UC Berkeley Postdoc Leadership Award, and a national Irish Ph.D. award.

Dr. Donnelly-Hermosillo 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.

Recent Publications

Donnelly-Hermosillo, D.F., Gerard, E.F., & Linn, M.C. (2020). Impacts of graph technologies in K-12 science and mathematics education. Computers & Education, 146, 103748. [Available Here]

Wood, J., & Donnelly-Hermosillo, D. F. (2019). Learning chemistry nomenclature: Comparing the use of an electronic game versus a study guide approach. Computers & Education, 141, 103615. [Available Here]

Other publications are available here: Google Scholar

Community Chemistry

Below are links to videos of Dr. Donnelly-Hermosillo's Community Chemistry program alongside Mr. Don Williams Physics Outreach from the Fresno State Physics Department:


 

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