Dr. Dermot F. Donnelly-Hermosillo specializes in the role of instructional technologies
and curriculum to support enhanced student ownership and learning of scientific concepts.
Such instructional technologies include simulations, virtual laboratories, and virtual
Dr. Donnelly-Hermosillo is involved in several research projects totaling over $2.7
million including the: "Introducing Research Deconstruction Pedagogy into Gateway Courses to Improve Student
Engagement with STEM" project (CLL Grant); Co-PI. Cal Learning Lab Innovation Grant. "Advancing Computational Thinking for Teacher Education in Central California" project
(NSF #1950031); Co-PI. National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Scholarship
Program. "Enhancing the Quality of Undergraduate Investigations in Physical Science (EQUIPS)"
project (NSF #1712279); PI. NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Award.
"A Study of the Impact of Pre-Service Teacher Research Experience on Effectiveness,
Persistence, and Retention" project (NSF #1660777); Co-PI. NSF Collaborative Noyce
Proposal Track 4 Award. "Investigating Chemistry Laboratories with Inquiry Projects (ICLIPs)" study (Curriculum
Development Grant Award); PI. CSUPERB award.
Dr. Donnelly-Hermosillo teaches physical science classes to elementary pre-service
teachers (NSCI 1A), general chemistry classes to non-chemistry majors (Chem 3A), chemistry
and society to non-chemistry majors (Chem 10), and laboratory teaching techniques
to graduate students (Chem 201; 100-250 students per semester overall).