Dr. Jacqueline S. McLaughlin

Dr. Jacqueline S. McLaughlin
Associate Professor of Biology

Mission Statement

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


Phone: (610) 285-5109
Fax: (610) 285-5220
E-mail: jshea@psu.edu
Office: 3N

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

Recent & Upcoming Field Courses:

Past Field Courses

E O Wilson quoteDr. Jacqueline McLaughlin is an Associate Professor of Biology at Pennsylvania State University – Lehigh Valley, and Founding Director of Penn State's award-winning international professional development and environmental education outreach program called CHANCE (Connecting Humans And Nature through Conservation Experiences). Whether she is working as a cell and developmental biologist on cancer cell lines with her undergraduate students in her research laboratory or as a conservation scientist studying the effects of global climate change on ecosystem diversity and dynamics with teachers, graduate students, post-docs and undergraduates in the fields of Panama, Costa Rica or China, her overall mission is to create learning environments wherein students, at any level, are inspired and effectively learn science by doing research. As a scholar, she has published, as an author or editor, over 40 publications in peer-reviewed books, journals, proceedings, and online environments, and has gratefully accepted numerous awards at the local, state, and national levels for excellence in teacher professional development, international programming and education, and undergraduate biology teaching and learning. Some of these awards include the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) 2001 Four-year College and University Outstanding Teacher Award; The Pennsylvania State University 2003 George Atherton Award; the Penn State Lehigh Valley 2007 Outstanding Research and/or Creative Accomplishment Award; The Pennsylvania State University 2010 Spirit of Internationalization Award; The Pennsylvania Council for International Education 2010 David A. Portlock Outstanding International Educator Award; The Penn State 2012 Outreach Award for Community Engagement and Scholarship; and, most recently, The Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Education 2012 Outstanding Environmental Education Program Award. Her research interests hold true to her endless passion for teaching itself: the use of research in science education; teaching and learning with technology; and, international programming and assessment.


At the present time, she is acting co-chair of the 2014 Undergraduate Research at the Capital – Pennsylvania (UNC-PA) Organizing Committee, co-chair of the 2014 National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Faculty Development Committee, and chair of the 2014 NABT Global Perspectives Committee. She is also instructing a yearly international environmental science course for students in civil and environmental engineering at Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China and as part of her position as visiting scholar at this university. She is a current co-PI of an NSF Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) grant entitled, Moving from Vision to Change: 21st Century Transformation of the Undergraduate Biology Education, which is disseminating practical ways that undergraduate biology instructors throughout the United States can reimagine and re-create their traditional classroom, laboratory, online, and/or field-based learning environments.

Dr. McLaughlin prides herself in being a visionary who effectively "reimagines" educational interfaces, course delivery, and programs. Her experiences as a teacher of biology, researcher of the teaching and learning of biology, and director of a university-wide international educational program have also provided her expert training in creating web-based educational materials and interfaces (modules and/or websites built for Penn State, CHANCE, Society of Developmental Biology, and Pearson Publishing), partnership building (CHANCE has 32 partners worldwide), and leadership skills.