Marc Muñiz, PhD


Marc N. Muñiz is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He works with the Cyberlearning Innovation and Research Center (CIRC). Marc earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) and his B.S. in Chemistry from Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ).

Marc is working with CIRC on the development, assessment, and refinement of teaching and learning content for chemistry in active learning and online assessment contexts alike. He collaborates with TRIAD on research and professional development efforts, including the analysis of student learning outcomes in general chemistry and workshops to transform teaching and learning by implementing student-centered, equity-oriented, and research-driven practices. Marc also conducts research focused on students’ scientific modeling practices and learning outcomes in the physical chemistry classroom and laboratory environments.

Marc is a P.I. on a collaborative grant (NSF DUE #1726071) to examine student learning outcomes in physical chemistry laboratory environments, with a particular emphasis on environments that implement process oriented guided inquiry learning (POGIL) as their pedagogical approach. Using the tools of mixed-methods research, Marc’s team aims to characterize student learning with respect to shifts in their perceptions of meaningful learning, the fidelity of implementation of the curriculum, and the strength of students’ content knowledge.

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Externally Funded Projects (2015 - 2018 only)

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) DUE Award #1726071. “Collaborative Research: POGIL-PCL: Student learning in the laboratory through sustained faculty development”. August 2017 - July 2021, $532,384.

Publications and Presentations

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  1. Muniz, M. N.; Crickmore, C.; Kirsch, J.; Beck, J. P. Upper-Division Chemistry Students’ Navigation and Use of Quantum Chemical Models. Chem. Educ. Res. Pract. 2018, 19, 767-782.
  2. Muniz, M. N.; Oliver-Hoyo, M. T. On the use of analogy to connect core physical and chemical concepts to those at the nanoscale. Chem. Educ. Res. Pract. 2014, 15, 807-823.
  3. Muniz, M. N.; Oliver-Hoyo, M. T. Investigating Quantum Mechanical Tunneling at the Nanoscale Via Analogy: Development and Assessment of a Teaching Tool for Upper-Division Chemistry. J. Chem. Educ. 2014, 91, 1546-1556.
  4. Muniz, M. N.; Oliver-Hoyo, M. T. An Acoustic Analogy: Tuning Forks and Surface Plasmon Resonance of Metallic Nanostructures. J. Nano Educ. 2011, 3, 45-50.

Courses Taught

Marc currently consults and co-facilitates in Chemistry 161, 162, and 163 active learning environments at Rutgers.

His teaching experience as instructor on record is as follows (from his previous academic positions):

  • General Chemistry
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Physical/Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
  • Matter and Energy in Physical Systems