Georgianne Connell

Senior Instructor

Research Interests

Science Education

My research centers around how students learn and think about science and how to optimize classrooms to support learning. 

Educational & Professional Experience

CV 2019


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


Recent Publications

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.