My research centers around how students learn and think about science and how to optimize classrooms to support learning.
Educational & Professional Experience
B.A., Seattle Pacific University, Psychology, 2000
M.Sc., Western Washington University, Marine and Estuarine Science, 2003
Senior Biology Instructor, Western Washington University, 2003-present
Biology Instructor, Seattle Pacific University, 2006-2008
Biology Instructor, Whatcom Community College, 2003 - 2006
Biology Instructor, Skagit Valley College, 2002
Publications and Conference Presentations
- Connell, G.L. and D.A. Donovan. Implementing change in different contexts: Using reformed biology activities in small and large undergraduate classes. Professional Development Symposium “Implementing Vision and Change”. National Association of Biology Teachers. Atlanta, GA. Nov. 20-23, 2013.
- Connell, G.L. and D.A. Donovan. Active Learning Pedagogies Increase Student Learning in a Large Enrollment Biology Class. Irwin L. Slesnick STEM Education Symposium, invitational lecture. Western Washington University, April 25, 2014.
- Georgianne L. Connell, Deborah A. Donovan, and Timothy G. Chambers. Increasing the Use of Student-Centered Pedagogies from Moderate to High Improves Student Learning and Attitudes about Biology. CBE Life Sci Educ, 2016. 10.1187
- Connell, G.L. and D.A. Donovan. Strategies to Create Effective Groups. Irwin L. Slesnick STEM Education Symposium, invitational lecture. Western Washington University, April, 2016.
- Donovan, D.A. and G.L. Connell. Student Learning Outcomes and Attitudes Using Three Methods of Group Formation in a Nonmajors Biology Class. CBE Life Sci Educ, 2018.