Rick has a B.A 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 both a Principal Investigator and Project Director for The POGIL Project and the Project Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Discovery Chemistry Project (MADCP).
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. Has 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.
POGIL: Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning, R. S. Moog and J. N. Spencer, Eds.; Oxford University Press: New York, 2008.
Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry, 4E, R. S. Moog and J. J. Farrell; John Wiley & Sons: New York, 2008.
Physical Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry: Atoms, Molecules, and Spectroscopy, R. S. Moog, J. N. Spencer, J. J. Farrell; Houghton Mifflin: Boston, 2004.
Physical Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry: Thermodynamics, J. N. Spencer, R. S. Moog, J. J. Farrell; Houghton Mifflin: Boston, 2004.
A Guided Inquiry Chemistry Course, J. J. Farrell, R. S. Moog, J. N. Spencer, J. Chem Educ. 1999, 76, 570-574.