"I love teaching chemistry at Goucher - it’s exciting and engaging for both me and the students because active learning plays a major role in the curriculum from day one."
Pam Douglass is Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Center for Natural Sciences at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed her doctorate, with a specialization in the ultrafast vibrational dynamics of small molecules, in 2007 at the University of Virginia. At Goucher College, she teaches in the introductory chemistry and upper level physical chemistry sequences primarily, although she has also taught chemistry courses for non-majors and upper level analytical chemistry. Dr. Douglass’s current research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning within the field of chemistry.
Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress
My scholarly interests lie in the field of chemistry education research. This field of study aims to answer questions about what, within the field of undergraduate chemistry, students find most difficult and how educators can design teaching methods to help students bridge the gap between novice and expert.
S.T. Shipman, P.C. Douglass, Hyun S. Yoo, Charlotte E. Hinkle, Ellen L. Mierzejewski, and B.H. Pate, Vibrational dynamics of carboxylic acid dimers in gas and dilute solution”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 9, 4572-4586 (2007)
S.P. Sibley, A. Saunders, P.L. Crum, K. Mutolo, J.L. Menke, and E.V. Patterson, “Fluorescence of substituted pyrrolyl pyridines”, J. Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chem., 163, 463-471 (2004)
Trindle, P.L. Crum, and K. Douglass, “G2(MP2) Characterization of conformational preferences in 2-substituted ethanols (XCH2CH2OH) and related systems”, J. Phys. Chem. A 107, 6236-6242 (2003)
S.P. Sibley, E.J. Gibbs, and P.L. Crum, “A general chemistry experiment to predict and measure functional-group stretching frequencies”, The Chemical Educator, 7, 223-225 (2002)
Academic or Professional Associations
American Chemical Society Member
Other Professional or Scholarly Activity
President of MAALACT (Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers) 2016-2017.