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Jill Lohmeier

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Jill Hendrickson LohmeierAssociate Professor, Research and Evaluation in Education

Research Interests

Informal education; educational program evaluation; learning theory; interdisciplinary collaboration; school connectedness

Dr. Lohmeier's primary research interests lie in the area of evaluation and research of educational programs.  Within this topic she is interested in how collaboration changes during and contributes to the effectiveness of educational programs.  A second area of interest, still within the context of research and evaluation, lies in utilizing our understanding of cognitive processing in problem solving and decision making within the evaluation process.  For example, research regarding the decision making processes of those implementing programmatic changes based on evaluative feedback can further yield ideas as to how to best evaluate educational programs.


  • Ph D: Cognitive Psychology, (1995), University of Massachusetts Amherst - Amherst, MA
    Supporting Area: Quantitative Methods
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: The role of feature validity in categorization learning: Effects on attention to and access of featural information
  • MS: Cognitive Psychology, (1992), University of Massachusetts Amherst - Amherst, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: The effects of training on understanding the law of large numbers
  • BA: Psychology, (1989), University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Leadership Academy (2019), Leadership - UMass Lowell
  • Outstanding Campus Engagement (2019) - Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Pillar of Excellence Award for Innovative Research & Entrepreneurship (2019), Scholarship/Research - UMass Lowell
  • KUDOS (2016), Service, University - UMass Lowell
  • Faculty Assessment Fellow (2009), Service, Professional - UML Faculty Development Center
  • Research Journal selected as top 10 peer reviewed manuscripts from 2006 _ 2008 in Middle Grades Research Journal (2009) - Middle Grades Research Journal

Selected Publications

  • Lohmeier, J. (2016). Get Your Heads Out of the Sand: Using Humor to Engage the Public About Climate Change.
  • Lohmeier, J., Gu, Z., Budhlall, B., Sun, H., Barry, C.M., Donatelli, A.A. (2013). A new interdisciplinary engineering course on nanoscale transport phenomena (23: pp. 1). American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Proceedings
  • Lohmeier, J., Raad, J. (2012). The Predictive Value of Selection Criteria in an Urban Magnet School. Urban Education, 47(3) 612-624.
  • Lohmeier, J., Lee, S.W. (2011). A School Connectedness Scale for use with Adolescents. Educational Research and Evaluation, 17(2) 85-95.
  • Nehring, J.H., Lohmeier, J. (2010). Leadership Challenges Converting a Large High School to Small Schools: A Follow-up Study. NASSP Bulletin, 94(3) 184-212.
  • Nehring, J., Lohmeier, J., Colombo, M. (2009). Conversion of a Large, Urban High School to Small Schools: Leadership Challenges and Opportunities. NASSP Bulletin, 93(1) 5-26.
  • Konold, C., Pollatsek, A., Well, A., Lohmeier, J., Lipson, A. (1993). Inconsistencies in Students’ Reasoning about Probability. Journal for Research in Mathematics education, 392–414.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Innovative Engagement: A Mass Transit Model for Informal Science Learning (Scienc (2012), Grant -
    Lohmeier, J. (Co-Principal)
  • Evaluation of the IGERT C-CHANGE Program (2008), Contract - NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
    Lohmeier, J. (Principal)
  • Carbon Smarts Conference: Learning Climate Change Science Anywhere Anytime (2011), Grant -
    Lohmeier, J. (Co-Principal)
  • Carbon Smarts Conference: Learning Climate Change Science Anywhere Anytime (2011), Grant -
    Lohmeier, J. (Co-Principal)
  • Income Account for Carbon Smarts Conference (2011), -
    Lohmeier, J. (Co-Principal)
  • Faculty Development Study Group Program Evaluation (2009), Contract -
    Lohmeier, J. (Principal)