Dermot Donnelly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Chemical Education
Office Location: Science Building Room 258 
Office Phone: 559.278.5004

Dr.Dermot F. Donnelly is an Assistant Professor for Chemical Education at Fresno State and the Associate Director of the Science and Mathematics Education Center (SMEC), specializing in the role of instructional technologies to support enhanced student ownership and understanding of scientific concepts.  Such instructional technologies include simulations, virtual labs, and online science learning environments.  Other research interests include curriculum development and evaluation, professional development of teachers, and power dynamics in science classrooms. 

Dermot teaches general chemistry classes to non-chemistry majors (Chem 3A), physical science classes to elementary pre-service teachers (NSCI 1A), and laboratory teaching techniques to graduate students (Chem 201; 150-200 students per semester).  He has participated in the DISCOVERe tablet program at Fresno State, makes regular Physical Science Outreach TV appearances with Don Williams, and works on Affordable Learning Solutions for all of his courses.  He continually seeks innovative ways to make science accessible and engaging for all students through his research and teaching.

Dermot is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), and the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA).  He regularly presents at regional, national, and international conferences, and has published in numerous international journals.  He has reviewed over 30 submissions for over 10 international journals including the Review of Educational Research (RER), the Journal of the LearningSciences (JLS), and Computers and Education ( He has received several awards including an AERA Outstanding Reviewer Award, a UC Berkeley Postdoc Leadership Award, and a national Irish Ph.D. award.

Dermot earned his Ph.D. at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where he worked with Dr. John O'Reilly and Dr. Oliver McGarr.  He spent a year at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, collaborating with Dr.Suzanne Boniface and Dr. Anne Hume, and 3 years at the University of California, Berkeley, working with Professor Marcia Linn.

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