Rick received an A. B in chemistry from Williams College and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Stanford University. He is currently Professor of Chemistry at Franklin & Marshall College. He is the Executive Director of The POGIL Project and the 2016 recipient of the George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education from the American Chemical Society. Along with colleagues Jim Spencer and Frank Creegan, Rick is also the co-recipient of the 2015 James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry from the Northeast Section of the American Chemical Society.
Rick has been using a guided inquiry approach to teaching chemistry since 1994, and is the coauthor of POGIL materials for general chemistry and physical chemistry. In addition, he has developed guided inquiry experiments for use in the general chemistry laboratory. Rick has organized numerous symposia at national ACS and BCCE meetings concerning POGIL (and active learning more generally) throughout the chemistry curriculum, and has given dozens of presentations, posters, and workshops on POGIL. He is also coauthor of several journal articles and book chapters concerning POGIL, and the coeditor of the ACS Symposium Series volume: Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning.
Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning. R. S. Moog. In M. A. McDaniel, R. F. Frey, S. M. Fitzpatrick, & H. L. Roedinger (Eds.), Integrating cognitive science with innovative teaching in STEM disciplines. St. Louis: Washington University in St. Louis Libraries, 2014. [Ereader version] doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7936/K7PN93HC.
Argumentation and Participation Patterns in General Chemistry Peer-Led Sessions. U. Kulatunga, R. S. Moog, & J. E. Lewis, Journal of Research in Science Teaching 2013, 50, 1207.
POGIL: Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning. R. S. Moog, F. J. Creegan, D. M. Hanson, J. N. Spencer, A. R. Straumanis, D. M. Bunce, & T. Wolfkill. In N. J. Pienta, M. M. Cooper, & T. J. Greenbowe, Eds., Chemists's Guide to Effective Teaching, Volume II. Pearson Education, Inc.: Upper Saddle River, NJ. 2009.
Pedagogies of Engagement in Science: A Comparison of PBL, POGIL, and PLTL. T. Eberlein, J. Kampmeier, V. Minderhout, R. S. Moog, T. Platt, P. Varma-Nelson, & H. B. White. Bioc. and Mol. Biol. Educ. 2008, 36, 262.
POGIL: Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning, R. S. Moog and J. N. Spencer, Eds.; Oxford University Press: New York, 2008.
Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry, 6E, R. S. Moog and J. J. Farrell. John Wiley & Sons: New York, 2015.