Jill Lohmeier is an Associate Professor, Research and Evaluation in Education at UMass Lowell.

Jill Hendrickson Lohmeier, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Professor, Research and Evaluation in Education

Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Education, Center for Program Evaluation, Climate Change Initiative
Coburn Hall, Room 270B


Educational Program Evaluation; Informal Learning; Survey Research

Research Interests

My research is primarily related to understanding and evaluating learning and climate in a myriad of contexts. In addition, much of my work involves evaluating the effectiveness of educational programs. Within these areas, I am especially interested in informal learning as well as how collaboration and interdisciplinary work lead to effective 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


Hendrickson Lohmeier, Ph.D., was the founding director of the Center for Program Evaluation and has collaborated with colleagues across a wide range of fields on more than numerous federal, state and privately funded research and evaluation projects with budgets totally over $10,000,000. She has been a co-PI and PI on two National Science Foundation (NSF) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) grants with budgets totaling over $5,000,000 that focus on bringing climate change science to public transportation. These projects have reached over 1 million public transportation riders and involved approximately 3000 K-12 students. She has advised 18 doctoral graduates.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Coach for UMass Lowell National Championship Team at American Evaluation Association 2023 Case Competition
  • Outstanding Teaching Award 2021 - School of Education
  • Leadership Academy (2019), Leadership - UMass Lowell
  • Outstanding Campus Engagement (2019) - UMass 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 - UMass Lowell 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

  • Allen, C.T., Haynes-Baratz, M.C., Lohmeier, J.H., & Bond, M.A. (in press). Assessing Gender Bias in Higher Education: Development & Preliminary Validation of the Gender Bias in the Academy Index. Journal of the Professoriate.
  • Hendrickson Lohmeier, J., Thompson, S. R., & Oh, B. (2022). The first days of school are the most challenging: English learners’ stories of resilience and their recommendations. Journal of English Learner Education, 14(1), 1-37.
  • Hendrickson Lohmeier, J., Oh, B., Thompson, S. R., & Newton, X. (2022). Factors promoting academic credit attainment in an urban full-service community school initiative. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children, 66(2), 150-159.
  • Lohmeier, J. H., & Davidson, J. (2022). Team research. Chapter in P. Leavy (Ed.), Popularizing scholarly research. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780190085193
  • Hendrickson Lohmeier, J., Thompson, S. R., Chen, R. F., & Mishol, S. (2021). Youth as climate change messengers: A picture is worth a thousand words. Science Communication, 43(6), 814-823. https://doi.org/10.1177/10755470211044825
  • Newton, X., Lohmeier, J. H., Thompson, S. R., Oh, B.*, Dmello, J. R.*& Trainor, A.* (2021). Rethinking alternative education accountability indicators: A multilevel and contextual perspective. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 34(4), 455-489.
  • Wilson, R. T., Lohmeier, J. H., Lustick, D., & Chen, R. F. (2020). Using transit advertising to improve public engagement with social issues. International Journal of Advertising, 40(5), 783-809.
  • Chen, R.F., Lohmeier, J., Hetland, L., Schrock, S. (2020). Cool Science: Art as a Vehicle for Intergenerational Learning.
  • Lohmeier, J., & Chen, R., . (2020). Using Transit Advertising to Improve Public Engagement with Social Issues. International Journal of Advertising.
  • Frey, B.B. (2018). The SAGE encyclopedia of educational research, measurement, and evaluation. Sage Publications
  • Chen, R., Lustick, D., Lohmeier, J., Lockwood, L. (2016). Can" Ozzie" the Ostrich Prepare the Public for Better Learning about Climate Change? AGUOS,2016 ED34A--1678.
  • Lohmeier, J. (2016). Get Your Heads Out of the Sand: Using Humor to Engage the Public About Climate Change.
  • Lustick, D., Lohmeier, J., Chen, R., Wilson, R., Rabkin, D., Thompson, S. (2016). ScienceToGo. org: The Strengths and Weaknesses of Communicating Climate Change through Mass Transit Advertising Spaces. AGUOS,2016 ED33A--07.<
  • Chen, R.F., Lustick, D., Lohmeier, J., Thompson, S. (2015). Cool Science: K-12 Climate Change Art Displayed on Buses. AGUFM,2015 ED23C--0869.
  • Lustick, D., Lohmeier, J., Chen, R.F., Wilson, R., Rabkin, D., Thompson, S. (2015). ScienceToGo. org: Using'Ozzie the Ostrich'to Build Local Partnerships around Climate Change Learning. AGUFM,2015 ED21F--02.
  • 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.
  • Frey, B.B., Lohmeier, J., Lee, S.W., Tollefson, N. (2006). Measuring collaboration among grant partners. American Journal of Evaluation,27(3) 383--392.
  • 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

  • Cool Science (2019), Grant - NSF
    Lohmeier, J.H. (Principal)
  • 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)