Alexander Grushow received his B.A. in chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College (some time before POGIL existed) and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Minnesota. After doing postdoctoral research at the University of Nevada-Reno, Dr. Grushow began teaching at Rider University in 1996. Dr. Grushow is currently a Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry & Physics. Since his days as an undergraduate, Dr. Grushow has been fascinated by intermolecular forces. He has published papers on molecules held together by hydrogen bonding, van der Waals forces, dative bonding and ion-molecule interactions. In addition to his work in chemical research Dr. Grushow has worked on projects related to various aspects of chemical education, including context-rich materials in physical chemistry, computational documents and templates for physical chemistry students and guided-inquiry activities in general and physical chemistry. In 2002-2003, Dr. Grushow worked as a program director for the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education. Dr. Grushow has also worked in chemistry examination development for both ETS and the ACS Examinations Institute. In addition Dr. Grushow was been developing tools for student and program assessment in chemistry.