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

Dr. Jacqueline S. McLaughlin

Mission Statement

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

Past Field Courses


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

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 (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.

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.


2015 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 faculty transform biology laboratory 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, M. S (2015) Vision and Change: Why it matters? American Biology Teacher, (accepted).

McLaughlin, J.S. & Coyle, M.S. (2015) Increasing authenticity and inquiry in the cell and molecular biology laboratory. American Biology Teacher, (in press).

McLaughlin, J.S. & Goedhart, C.M. (2015) Student scientists: transforming the undergraduate research laboratory into a research environment. American Biology Teacher, (in press).

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.


At the present time, Dr. McLaughlin is acting: co-chair of the 2016 Undergraduate Research at the Capital – Pennsylvania (UNC-PA) Organizing Committee; co-chair of the Education and Outreach Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) and member of the SCB Asian Section; co-chair of the 6th Annual Penn State Regional Undergraduate Research Exhibition; past co-chair of the NABT Faculty Development Committee; chair of the NABT Global Perspectives Committee; and, member of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Faculty Invitational Lecture Series. She is also providing professional development workshops on STEM teaching and learning to faculty at Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China, and mentoring numerous undergraduate faculty members nationwide in authentic science-based laboratory methods. She was a recent 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. As the CHANCE Founding Director, she oversees the website, international field courses, and online research modules of this program as author and editor. She has secured over $300,000 to support CHANCE, and has partnered with nearly 50 organizations worldwide including the Durrell Conservation Trust, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS), Science/AAAS, Nanjing University, China, and the World Wildlife Fund.

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