About Dr. McConnell
Dr. Tom J. McConnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Ball State University, located in Muncie, IN. He teaches courses in Science Education for elementary and secondary teachers, and graduate courses in Science Education. He has 14 years of experience teaching biology at the high school level in Indiana, as well as some chemistry, ecology, and web page design.
Dr. McConnell's research interests center on science teacher professional development and development of inquiry-based science curricular materials. His research projects have included the Scientech/BSU Institute, the Problem-Based Learning Project for Teachers, the Engineering STEM Success Math-Science Partnership, and the Conservation Educator Academy at the Indianapolis Zoo. His work has led to the development of five books, including an electronic lab manual, a series of books for teachers about problem-based learning, and the Conservation Tales book series that features stories about wildlife conservation written for grades 3-5.
Dr. McConnell is a past president of the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc, and is an active member of the National Science Teacher's Association, and the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.