Center Valley, PA 18034
Jacqueline McLaughlin is best known for her endless enthusiasm for science, fervent passion for teaching and undergraduate research, and tireless devotion to conservation. She is an Associate Professor of Biology at Penn State University-Lehigh Valley where she has been educating undergraduates both formally (classroom) and informally (in the field) for nearly 25 years. To her credit, she is the Founding Director of Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences (CHANCE), Penn State’s award-winning, international environmental education program with over 50 governmental, non-governmental, academic and corporate partners and/or collaborators around the world. She has developed and led short-term study abroad programs to Alaska, Australia, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Panama, Peru, and Tanzania (and soon Romania and Malaysia).
She has been bestowed numerous awards for her excellence in teaching, research, and service including the 2017 Higher Education Environmental Educator of the Year from the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE) and a 2019 appointment as a National Academies Jefferson Science Fellow, serving as a Foreign Affairs Officer to the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), Office of Science and Technology Cooperation (STC). Presently her scholarly research focuses on the impact of Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) on students' acquisition of not only disciplinary knowledge and technical skills, but also professional skills that prepare them to become successful STEM professionals and leaders in the American workforce who can address the issues of an increasingly complex world.
Ph.D., Rutgers University/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
M.S., Florida State University
B.A., New College