Michael received his B.S. in Chemistry from Missouri Southern State College in 1989, and his Ph. D. from the University of Kansas in 1995. His doctoral work was done under the supervision of Richard Schowen, and involved mechanistic studies of proton transfer in serine proteases. After a year teaching at Mercer University and a year at the University of Central Oklahoma, Garoutte took a position at his alma mater (now known as MSSU) in 1997. He teaches a one-semester general-organic-biological chemistry course (for allied health majors), organic chemistry, instrumental analysis, and computer applications in chemistry, and directs student research.
After being introduced to Calibrated Peer Review at UCLA in 2001, Garoutte served as a facilitator for CPR and the Molecular Science project at several Multi-Initiative Dissemination Project workshops. The overwhelming community of support for curriculum reform in chemistry at these workshops encouraged him to adopt POGIL in his allied health and organic chemistry courses. He developed a set of POGIL-like guided-inquiry activities for the allied health (GOB) chemistry course, published in 2007 (Wiley) and continues to be active in the project.
General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry, M. P. Garoutte, John Wiley & Sons: New York, First Edition, 2007.
"POGIL in the General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry Course," M. P. Garoutte in POGIL: Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning; Moog, R.S.; Spencer, J.N., Eds.; ACS Symposium Series; Oxford University Press: NY, 2008.