Dr. Jacqueline S. McLaughlin


Phone: (610) 285-5109
Fax: (610) 285-5220
E-mail: jshea@psu.edu

Dr. Jacqueline S. McLaughlin
Associate Professor of Biology
Founding Director, CHANCE

Past Field Courses

Mission Statement

To encourage the use of research as the integral component of science education in all learning environments.

Ph.D. Cell and Developmental Biology
Rutgers University/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)

M.S. Cell and Developmental Biology
Florida State University

B.A. Biology/Chemistry
New College

Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin is an Associate Professor of Biology at Penn State Lehigh Valley and Founding Director of Penn State's award-winning, international, and engaged scholarship program called CHANCE (Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences; www.chance.psu.edu). She is a visionary who effectively "reimagines" educational interfaces, course delivery mechanisms, and programs that utilize authentic science research in both formal and informal settings.

View Dr. McLaughlin's Full Biography

Awards and Honors

Dr. McLaughlin has graciously accepted numerous awards at the local, state, and national levels for excellence in the professional development of science teachers, international programming and education, and undergraduate biology teaching and learning.


2017 Jefferson Science Fellow, National Academy of Sciences
2015 Outstanding Contribution in Research and/or Service, Penn State Lehigh Valley
Penn State W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award, The Pennsylvania State University
2012 Penn State Award for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Penn State Outreach
  Outstanding Environmental Education Program Award, Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Education.
2010 David A. Portlock Outstanding International Educator Award, Pennsylvania Council for International Education
2010 Spirit of Internationalization Award, The Pennsylvania State University, Office of Global Programs
2007 Outstanding Research and/or Creative Accomplishment Award, Penn State Lehigh Valley
2005 Bringing the World to Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Council of International Education (PaCIE)
2003 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, The Pennsylvania State University
2002 Penn State Teaching and Learning Consortium Teaching and Learning Hall of Fame, The Pennsylvania State University
2001 2001 Alumni Award: Outstanding Teacher, Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College
  Four-Year College and University Outstanding Teacher Award, National Association of Biology Teachers
  Student Appreciation and Recognition Award (S.A.R.A.), Penn State Lehigh Valley
1998 Teaching Excellence Award, Penn State Lehigh Valley
1996 Student Appreciation and Recognition Award (S.A.R.A.), Penn State Lehigh Valley
1988 Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (CABM) Training Fellowship, Rutgers University
1986 Summer Research Scholarship, University of Baltimore/Jones Institute of Reproductive Biology
1982 Summer Scholarship in Electron Microscopy Training, Duke University
1981 Summer Scholarship in Biochemistry, Drexel University
1978 New College Four-year Foundation Scholarship, New College

Research Scholarship

Dr. McLaughlin’s research interests hold true to her endless passion for teaching itself: (1) the utilization of authentic research in undergraduate biology education; (2) building pedagogical and mentoring frameworks that help biology faculty transform learning environments into authentic research experiences; and, (3) creating and assessing international programs that are interdisciplinary and effectively teach conservation through field research.


(most recent; for a complete list see Dr. McLaughlin’s Curriculum Vita)

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

McLaughlin, J. S. and Baker, R. M. (2013). Environmental Science Education in the 21st Century: Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities both Globally and at Home through Online Multimedia Innovation. In: M. Thomas, (Ed.) Pedagogical Considerations and Opportunities for Teaching and Learning on the Web (pp. 235-254). [A volume in the Advances in Educational Technologies and Instructional Design (AETID) Book Series.] Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global.

McLaughlin, J. S. (2010). Multimedia Learning Tool that allows High School Teachers and Their Students to Engage in Scientific Research. In J. Yamamoto, C. Penny, J. Leight, & S. Winterton (Eds.), Technology Leadership in Teacher Education: Integrated Solutions and Experiences (pp 83-109). Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global.

McLaughlin, J., & Fadigan, K. (2010). The CHANCE (Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences) Program: Transitioning from Simple Inquiry-based Learning to Professional Science Practice. In R. Yager (Ed.), Exemplary Science Programs: Science for Resolving Issues/Problems (pp 185-202). Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.

Peer-Reviewed Book Case Study

Invited Case Study: McLaughlin, J. S. (2012) The CHANCE Program in China: Transforming Students into "Global-minded" Scientific Investigators and Citizens. In: Diana Oblinger (Ed.; President and CEO, EDUCAUSE), Game Changers: Education and Information Technology, (pp. 313-321). Washington, D.C.,USA: EDUCAUSE.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

McLaughlin, J. & Metz, A. S (2016) Vision and Change: Why it matters? American Biology Teacher, 78 (6): 456-462.

McLaughlin, J.S. & Coyle, M.S. (2016) Increasing authenticity and inquiry in the cell and molecular biology laboratory. American Biology Teacher, 78(6): 492-501.

Goedhart, C.M. & McLaughlin, J. M. (2016) Student scientists: transforming the undergraduate research laboratory into a research environment. American Biology Teacher, 78 (6): 502-508.

Adams, T.M., Anwar, R., Mfarej, M.G., and Rundatz, T., Coyle, M., & McLaughlin, J. S. (2015). Nutritional Stress of Cultured Vero Cells Causes Altered Growth and Morphology as Seen in Neoplastic Transformation. American Journal of Undergraduate Research, 12(3): 63-76

Gonzalez, S.M., Afzal, F.I. & McLaughlin, J. S. (2015). Direct and Indirect Effects of Pseudoephedrine on the Intrinsic Conduction System of the Embryonic Chicken Heart. American Journal of Undergraduate Research, 12 (3): 53-62.

Invited Paper (Special Issue on Conservation): McLaughlin, J., Cheng, X. & Liu, H. (2012). Using field research in China as a catalyst for effectively promoting global environmental awareness and stewardship. Biology International (IUBC), 50: 30-44.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Goedhart, C. M, & McLaughlin, J. S. (2015) An Educative Mentoring Framework to Transform the Undergraduate Biology Lab Experience. Proceedings of the 8th Annual Mentoring Conference, The Mentoring Institute at the University of Mexico, (online).

Coyle, M. S., & Baker, R. M., McLaughlin, J. S. (2013) Transforming an Undergraduate Biology Laboratory Experience into a Research Environment. Proceedings of the National Association of Biology Teachers Conference: Atlanta, Georgia (online).

Peer-Reviewed On-Line Publications

CHANCE Research Modules. McLaughlin, J.S., Editor, Available at www.chance.psu.edu Copyright ©2015 The Pennsylvania State University.

Non-Refereed Publications

Goedhart, C. M., & McLaughlin, J. S. (2015) Overcoming the Barrier to Implementing Authentic Research Experiences through Faculty Mentorship. CBE- Life Sciences, 14: 1-2.

McLaughlin, J. S. Undergrads take on environmental problem in China. International Mosaic, 14 (2) Fall, 2010.


University Service

Commission for Women – appointed member (2015-17) and Awards Committee (2016); Nanjing Faculty Implementation Team (FIT), Penn State Office of Global Programs – appointed member (2012-14); Penn State Office of Outreach, Engaged Scholarship Awards Committee – appointed member (2013-16) and award’s chair (2014); Penn State Schreyer College – appointed member Awards Committee (2106); Admissions Reviewer (2014-present); Penn State Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Research Award –; Penn State Lehigh Valley (PSLV) Undergraduate Research Symposium – chair (2014) and co-chair (2016); Penn State Regional Undergraduate Research Steering Committee – appointed co-chair (2012-present); W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award – Committee Chair (2016); PSLV Faculty Research Committee – chair (2012-13); PSLV Faculty Invitational Lecture Series – chair 2015 and member (2012-16); PSLV Faculty Senate – member (2012-present); PSLV Faculty Affairs Committee – member (2012-present); PSLV Admissions Events (2012 –present); PSLV Biology Club – adviser (2014-15); Penn State University College – P & T discipline reviewer and search committee member (2012-present) ; Penn State Undergraduate Research Exhibition – judge (2012-present).

Professional Service (2012 – Present)

NABT Global Perspectives Committee – appointed chair (2015-present); Science in the Classroom online resources – peer reviewer and consultant (2012-14); NABT Four Year College and University Section Faculty Development Committee – appointed co-chair and national summit organizer (2012-15); National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), conference proposal peer reviewer (2012-13); Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), Conservation Biology, peer reviewer (2012-14), appointed chair of Student Affairs Committee (2015- present), and member of Asia Section (2015-present); Society for Developmental Biology (SDB) Professional Development and Curriculum Committee, BEN Reviewer (2012-14); NABT American Biology Teacher (journal), peer reviewer (2012-present); Indigenous Knowledge: Other Ways of Knowing (journal) – editorial board member (2016-present).

Outreach Service as a Representative of the University (2012 – Present)

Undergraduate Research at the Capitol – Pennsylvania (UNC-PA) – appointed Organizing Committee co-chair (2013-15), chair (2016-present),and liaison to the Penn State Office of Undergraduate Education (2013-present); Jiangnan University, College of Civil and Environmental Engineering, CHINA – international environmental science course series faculty and co-coordinator (2012-present); Penn State CHANCE – founding director, faculty, module editor and author, website author, and program development officer (2004-16); PSLV SAGE –Mini-Medical School non-credit CE course, instructor (2014); Delaware Valley Science Fairs, judge (2012-14); Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, judge (2012-present); Southern Lehigh High School – STEM Poster Session, judge (2016); PSLV Teen Entrepreneurial Summer Challenge – presenter (2016); Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board: STEM CareerLinking Academy – presenter (2016).

Other Civic and Community Service (2012 – Present)

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary – elementary school field trip organizer/leader (2012-15); Central Catholic High School, Viking Fest Committee – volunteer (2013-15); Da Vinci Science Center, Women in Science –advisory panel (2016-present).

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