BS, Juniata College; MS, University at Buffalo; Ph.D., Miami University of Ohio
Dr. Sandra J. Connelly joined RIT in 2007. Every term, Dr. Connelly teaches foundational biology lectures (traditional General Biology and online Explorations in Biology) engaging hundreds of students with diverse interests from all colleges at RIT, freshmen through seniors. Further, Dr. Connelly teaches Evolutionary Biology and Interdisciplinary Biology and Chemistry to upper-level Life Sciences majors annually. Dr. Connelly is active in the promotion and design of online learning for RIT students, engaging students in interdisciplinary research initiatives, networking with local K12 and Community Colleges to enhance STEM learning at all levels, and in streamlining assessment strategies for large enrollment courses. Dr. Connelly stays active in the research community through invited talks, serving as a panel expert for NASA and the NSF, and freelance writing of inclusive course materials for non-science majors. Dr. Connelly states, 'The inquisitive nature of RIT students drives an infinite loop. Faculty want to work harder because the students want to advance their educational endeavors every year, making the faculty want to improve. We have truly unique students with unlimited potential — making the sky the starting point, not the limit, for RIT faculty.' To learn more, visit the Connelly Lab.
In the News
December 6, 2023
SHED serves new generation of makers, performers, and active learners
With its five extra-large classrooms, seven makerspaces, performing arts studios, and glass box theater, the $120 million SHED complex is made for a new generation of RIT students who see themselves as makers and doers, performers, and active learners.
April 25, 2023
SHED and Wallace Library classrooms offer new teaching and learning experience
When the Student Hall for Exploration and Development (SHED) opens in the fall, the multi-use facility will create an entirely new learning environment for RIT faculty and students alike.
December 5, 2022
Building the SHED: A Q&A with RIT registrar Joe Loffredo
The Student Hall for Exploration and Development (SHED) and the renovated Wallace Library will reopen in less than a year. Work has begun to schedule the fall semester classes that will be held for the first time in the SHED complex, and Joe Loffredo, RIT associate vice president for Academic Affairs and registrar, is leading the effort to assign the classrooms in Wallace Library.