Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: Kelly McDonald, PhD

Title: Professor, Biological Sciences; Director, Center for Science and Math Success

Office Location: Sequoia 320D

Email: mcdonald@csus.edu

Office Phone: (916) 278-3558

Mailing Address: 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6043

Office Hours: Wed. 1:30-3:00pm; Thurs. 12:30-2:00pm

Courses that I have taught:

  • BIO2: Introduction to Cells, Molecules and Genes 
  • Bio 121: Molecular Cell Biology - Syllabus
  • Bio 297A/B: Teaching Biology Seminar and Laboratory Teaching (Fall only) - Syllabus
  • Bio 195T: Teaching Internship - Syllabus

Research Projects/Interests

I am a science education specialist with research interests focused on:

  • evaluating the effectiveness of specific active learning strategies, assessment techniques and metacognitive activities on student success
  • examining the impact of undergraduate research and course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) on student knowledge, skills and attitudes (see SIRIUS Project Video)
  • examining the beliefs and attitudes of students preparing for careers in STEM teaching

Select Grants and Awards

2020 Recipient of California State University Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award.

NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (I-USE) Institutional and Community Transformation Award, Sustainable Interdisciplinary Research to Inspire Undergraduate Success II (SIRIUSII), 2020-2020.

NSF Robert Noyce Grant, SacLink MAST: Sacramento Math Linked Learning for Math and Science Teachers, 2020-2025.

2017-2018 Outstanding University Service Award, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, California State University, Sacramento

W. M. Keck Foundation Grant, Sustainable Interdisciplinary Research to Inspire Undergraduate Success (SIRIUS): Phase II, 2017-2018.

NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (I-USE) Award, Sustainable Interdisciplinary Research to Inspire Undergraduate Success (SIRIUS), 2014-2019.

W. M. Keck Foundation Grant, Sustainable Interdisciplinary Research to Inspire Undergraduate Success (SIRIUS), 2015-2016

NSF Robert Noyce Grant, Noyce Sac-MAST: Sacramento Math and Science Teaching Program, 2011-2016.

NSF Robert Noyce Grant, TEMSII: Teaching Excellence in Math and Science Scholars II, 2011-2016.

CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) Programmatic Grant, Sustainable Science: Redesign of the Introduction to Cells, Molecules and Genes Laboratory, 2014-2015.

2013-2014 Outstanding Community Service Award, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, California State University, Sacramento

Publications

Reviewed Manuscripts

Pilgrim, M. E., McDonald, K. K., Offerdahl, E. G., Shadle, S. E., Ryker, K., Stone-Johnstone, A., & Walter, E. M. (forthcoming 2020). An exploratory study of what different theories can tell us about change. In C. Henderson & M. Stains (Section Eds). Transforming institutions: Accelerating systemic change in higher education. Accelerating Systemic Change in STEM Higher Education Network. Pressbooks.

Martin, A. R., Rechs, A., J., Landerholm, T. E. & K. K. McDonald. Effects of Course-based Research on Students' Self-efficacy and Future Goals in an Introductory Biology Laboratory Series. Journal of College Science Teaching. In press.

Diaz-Martinez, G. Fisher, D. Esparza, J. Bhatt, C. D'Arcy, J. Apodaca, S. Brownell, L. Corwin, W. Davis, K. Floyd, P. Killion, J. Madden, P. Martseller, T. Mayfield-Meyer, K. Mcdonald, M. Rosenberg, M.Yarborough, and J.Olimpo. 2019. “Recommendations for Effective Integration of Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research (E/RCR) Education into Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences: A Meeting Report." CBE-Life Sciences Education. CBE-LIfe Sciences Education. 18 (2) 18:mr2 1-10.

K.K. McDonald, A.R. Martin, C.P. Watters, T.E. Landerholm. “A Faculty Development Model for Transforming a Department’s Laboratory Curriculum with Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences.” Journal of College Science Teaching 48(3), 14-23.

N.V. Dang, E.J. Chiang, H.M. Brown, and K.K. McDonald. Curricular activities that promote metacognitive skills impact lower-performing students in an introductory biology course. 2018. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, v19(1).

G. Andaya, V. Hrabak, S. Parks, R. E. Diaz, K K. McDonald. Examining the Effectiveness of a Post-Exam Review Activity to Promote Self-Regulation in Introductory Biology Students. Journal of College Science Teaching. 46(4), 84-92.

K. K. McDonald and S. R. Gnagy. Lights, Camera, Acting Transport! Using Role-play to Teach Membrane Transport. CourseSource. 2015. http://www.coursesource.org/courses/lights-camera-acting-transport-using-role-play-to-teach-membrane-transport.

K. K. McDonald and J. Gomes. Evaluating Student Preparedness and Conceptual Change in Introductory Biology Students Studying Gene Expression. 2013. Journal of Transformative Leadership and Policy Studies. 3 (1), 22-35.

Book Chapters and Government Reports

K. K. McDonald, T. S. Gross, N. D. Denslow, V. S. Blazer, B. S. Arnold. Reproductive Indicators (2001) In: The 1995 Mississippi River Basin Report. Schmitt, C. J. and Dethloff, G. Eds.

T. S. Gross, B. S. Arnold, M. S. Sepúlveda, K. K. McDonald. Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Endocrine Active Agents (2001). In: Handbook of Ecotoxicology.

K. K. McDonald, T. S. Gross, N. D. Denslow, V. Blazer. Reproductive Indicators (1999) In: Biomonitoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) Program: Selected Methods for Monitoring Chemical Contaminants and their Effects in Aquatic Ecosystems. Schmitt, C. J. and Dethloff, G. Eds.

Trade Journals

Landerholm, T.E. and McDonald, K.K.; Environmental undergraduate research: Creating a generation of citizen scientists one local problem at a time; Open Access Government, October 2018; Research and Innovation p. 206-7; ISSN 2516-3817.

K.K. McDonald and T.E. Landerholm. Making Researchers of STEM Undergraduates. Scientia, STEM Education, May 22, 2018. [http://www.scientia.global/dr-kelly-mcdonald-dr-thomas-landerholm-making-researchers-of-stem-undergraduates/]

Caifu Chen, Kelly K. McDonald, Ada H. Wong, Olga V. Petrauskene, Manohar R. Furtado. Real-Time PCR for RNAi and MicroRNA Applications. 2005. Genomics and Proteomics. Vol.5, no.2

Caifu Chen, Kelly McDonald, Ada H. Wong, Olga V. Petrauskene and Manohar R. Furtado. Real-time PCR: Advancing RNA Interference and MicroRNA Studies. May 2005. Pharmaceutical Discovery

Select Posters and Presentations

Martin, A.R, Fletcher, H.L., Landerholm, T.E. and K.K. McDonald. “Longitudinal Assessment of Student Self-efficacy, Future Goals and Science Identity in a Series of CUREs Designed to be Progressive in Science Skills Development.” Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research Annual Conference, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, July 26-28, 2019.

Martin, A.R., Bitwoded, S.O., Fletcher, H.L., Singh, N.K., Landerholm, T.L. and K.K. McDonald. “Interviews Reveal Perceptions of Students Participating in a Series of Conceptually-linked Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences.” Gordon Research Conference on Undergraduate Biology Education Research, Lewiston, ME, June 23-28, 2019.

Goodwin, E.C., McDonald, K.K. and E.E. Shortlidge. “The Elephant in the CURE Classroom: What Do We know About CUREs Taught by Graduate Teaching Assistants?” Gordon Research Conference on Undergraduate Biology Education Research, Lewiston, ME, June 23-28, 2019.

S.W. Lindgren, C. Bendorf, R. Crawford, E. Gonzalez-Orta, T. Landerholm, and K.K McDonald. “General Microbiology Students Identify and Characterize a True Bacterial Unknown – Incorporation of a Course-Based Research Experience into our Biological Sciences Curriculum,” American Society of Microbiology Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, June 20-24, 2019.

K.K. McDonald. “Partnering with Peer Leaders to Create Inclusive Academic Support Environments.” Network of STEM Education Centers Conference, Omaha, NE, May 31-June 2, 2019.

McDonald, K.K. and T.E. Landerholm. “Fostering Interdisciplinary, Cross-Institutional Collaboration to Provide Undergraduate STEM Students with Authentic Learning Experiences.” Accelerating Systemic Change Network Transforming Institutions Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, April 3-5, 2019.

Lundmark, J., Gonzalez-Orta, E. and K.K. McDonald. “Partnering with Peer Leaders to create inclusive academic support environments.” Accelerating Systemic Change Network Transforming Institutions Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, April 3-5, 2019.

Professional Associations

  • Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER)
  • Accelerating Systemic Change Network (ASCN)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Nathan Dang at NSM research symposium

Nathan Dang at NSM Research Symposium, 2016

bike rider below Guy West Bridge

Jacob Chiang at NSM Research Symposium, 2016

Summer Biotechnology Institute

Mix Marion Elementary School Science Night

University Union

Collecting samples from the American River