Professor of Chemistry



Office: HAC 402
Lab:  HAC 401

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:45 - 5:15 PM, or by appointment


B.A. Williams College, 1979
Ph.D. Stanford University, 1984


Solvent effects on solution photophysics.

Dr. Moog is the Director of the  POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) Project, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.  For more information, visit


1996 - Present
(Undergraduate student coauthor are in bold.)

Moog, R. S. Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning. In  Integrating cognitive science with innovative teaching in STEM disciplines, McDaniel, M. A.; Frey, R. F.; Fitzpatrick, S. M.; Roediger, H. L.  Eds., Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO. [EReader] 2014  DOI: 

Kulatunga, U.; Moog, R. S.; Lewis, J. E. Argumentation and Participation Patterns in General Chemistry Peer-Led Sessions. Journal of Research in Science Teaching 2013, 50, 1207 – 1231.

Moog, R. S.; Farrell, J. J. Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry, 5th Edition. John Wiley and Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2011.

Aschaffenburg, D. J.; Moog, R. S. Probing Hydrogen Bonding Environments: Solvatochromic Effects on the CN Vibration of Benzonitrile. J. Phys. Chem. A 2009, 113, 12736-12743.

Moog, R. S.; Farrell, J. J. Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry, 4th Edition. John Wiley and Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2008.

Moog, R. S.; Spencer, J. N., Eds. Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL). American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2008.

Eberlein, T.; Kampmeier, J.; Minderhout, V.; Moog, R. S.; Platt, T.; Varma-Nelson, P.; White, H. B. Pedagogies of Engagement in Science: A Comparison of PBL, POGIL, and PLTL. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 2008, 36, 262-273.

Trout, L.; Lee, C.; Moog, R.; Rickey, D. Inquiry Learning: What Is It? How Do You Do It?” In Chemistry in the National Science Education Standards: Models for Meaningful Learning; Bretz, S. L., Ed.; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2008; pp 29-43.

Moog, R. S.; Creegan, F. J.; Hanson, D M. Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning: POGIL and the POGIL Project. Metropolitan Universities Journal 2006, 17, 41-51.

Moog, R. S.; Farrell, J. J. Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry; 3rd Edition; John Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, NJ, 2006.

Moog, R. S.; Kim, D. D.; Oberle, J. J.; Ostrowski, S. J. Solvent Effects on Electronic Transitions of Highly Dipolar Dyes: A Comparison of Three Approaches. J. Phys. Chem. A 2004, 108, 9294-9301.

Moog, R. S.; Spencer, J. N.; Farrell, J. J. Physical Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry, Atoms, Molecules, and Spectroscopy; Houghton Mifflin Company: Boston, 2004.

Ingram, J. A.; Moog, R. S.; Ito, N.; Biswas, R.; Maroncelli, M. Solute Rotation and Solvation Dynamics in a Room-Temperature Ionic Liquid. J. Phys. Chem. B 2003, 107, 5926-5932.

Moog, R. S.; Farrell, J. J. Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry, 2nd Edition; John Wiley & Sons: New York, 2002.

Farrell, J. J.; Moog, R. S.; Spencer, J. N. A Guided Inquiry General Chemistry Course. J. Chem. Educ. 1999, 76, 570-574.

Moog, R. S.; Farrell, J. J. Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry; John Wiley & Sons: New York, 1999.

Moog, R. S.; Davis, W. W.; Ostrowski, S. G.; Wilson, G. L. Solvent Effects on Electronic Transitions in Several Coumarins. Chem. Phys. Letts. 1999, 299, 265-271.

Gillespie, R. J.; Moog, R. S.; Spencer, J. N. Deducing the Shell Model. J. Chem. Educ. 1998, 75, 539. Letter

Spencer, J. N.; Moog, R. S.; Gillespie, R. J. Improving Introductory Chemistry. J. Chem. Educ. 1998, 75, 542. Letter.

Spencer, J. N.; Moog, R. S.; Demystifying Introductory Chemistry. J. Chem. Educ. 1998, 75, 543. Letter.

Gillespie, R. J.; Spencer, J. N.; Moog, R. S. Demystifying Introductory Chemistry: 1-4. Electron Configurations from Experiment. J. Chem. Educ. 1996, 73, 617.

Course Information

Dr. Moog teaches the following courses:

Chem 111/112 - General Chemistry I and II
Chem 321 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Chem 322 - Structure and Bonding

In the News

Story 1/19/2015

New book highlights Professor Rick Moog

A new book from the National Academic Press highlights the work and experience by F&M’s Chemistry professor, Rick Moog, and The POGIL project. 

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Volleyball Team Honors Its Most Loyal Fan

Eight Volleyball Team players made a surprise appearance on Nov. 18 at the Hackman office of Professsor of Chemistry Rick Moog, their academic liaison for the last 28 years. They honored him for his...

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