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Daniel King

Daniel B. King, PhD

Associate Professor
Associate Department Head
Department of Chemistry
Office: 509 Disque Hall
Phone: 215.895.0571

Additional Sites:


  • PhD, University of Miami/RSMAS, 1997
  • BA, Johns Hopkins University, 1990

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Active learning pedagogy
  • Assessment of technology use
  • Guided inquiry (i.e., POGIL) activities
  • Incorporation of real-world context


Daniel King is an Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department. His research is in the field of chemical education research, with a focus on the assessment of active learning approaches, the use of technology to improve student learning and the incorporation of real-world context into the chemistry curriculum. He is particularly interested in understanding what resources students use and which resources are most effective. He is an active participant in the chemical education research community, having served as the Secretary of the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education and currently serving as a member of the American Chemical Society Committee on Education.

His teaching includes general chemistry (for chemistry and science majors) and environmental chemistry. He is focused on actively engaging students in the classroom, using personal response devices and inquiry-based activities. His goal is to create a learning environment where students feel comfortable. While he has won two campus teaching awards, he is always looking to learn new pedagogical approaches and works closely with CASTLE and the Drexel TLC to promote the adoption of evidence-based teaching.

Selected Publications:

  • King, D.B., 2023, Everyday Chemistry: An Application-Focused Course, in Engaging Chemistry Students with Real-World Context: Volume 2, Editor(s): D. B. King and G. H. Webster, 1461, American Chemical Society, pp 131-145, doi: 10.1021/bk-2023-1461.ch009.
  • Pesce, A., King, D., 2023, Using a Molecular Modeling Application to Introduce Structural Isomerism, J. Chem. Educ., 100 (9), 3683–3687. DOI:10.1021/acs.jchemed.3c00169.
  • Perignat, E., Fleming, F.F., Nicholas, D., King, D., Katz-Buonincontro, J. & Gondek, P., 2022, “Effective Practices for High Performing Interdisciplinary Faculty Teams”, College Teaching. doi: 10.1080/87567555.2022.2086525.
  • Xian, J., and D.B. King, 2020, “Teaching Kinetics and Equilibrium Topics Using Interlocking Building Bricks in Hands-on Activities”, J. Chem. Educ., 97, 466−470. doi: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00515.
  • Xian, J., and D.B. King, 2017, “The Effectiveness of General Chemistry Lab Experiments on Student Exam Performance”, J. Lab. Chem. Educ., 5(5), 95-107. doi: 10.5923/j.jlce.20170505.01.
  • King, D.B., J.E. Lewis, K. Anderson, D. Latch, R. Moog, S. Sutheimer, and G. Webster, 2015, “Choosing Appropriate Models – Incorporating Climate Change into General Chemistry”, in Chemistry and the Environment: Pedagogical Models and Practices, Editors: K.C. Lanigan, E.S. Roberts-Kirchhoff, K.R. Evans, M.A. Benvenuto, A. Rihana-Abdallah, 1214, American Chemical Society, 1-15. doi: 10.1021/bk-2015-1214.ch001.
  • Bowman, C. R., O. Gulacar, D.B. King, 2014, “Predicting Student Success via Online Homework Usage”, J. Learn. Des., 7(2), 47-61. doi:
  • King, D.B., 2012, “Using Multiple-Response Clicker Questions to Identify Student Misunderstanding”, Quick Hits for Teaching with Technology, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN, 66-67.
  • King, D., 2011, “Sharing Pedagogical Techniques as a Mechanism for Interdisciplinary Contact”, J. Coll. Sci. Teach., 41(2), 10-11.
  • King, D.B., 2011, “Utilization of Clickers to Identify Muddiest Points in Large Classes”, J. Chem. Educ., 88 (11), 1485–1488. doi: 10.1021/ed1004799.
  • King, D.B., 2010, “Redesigning the Preexam Review Session”, J. Coll. Sci. Teach., 40 (2), 88-95.
  • King, D.B., and S. Joshi, 2008, “Gender differences in the use and effectiveness of personal response devices”, J. Sci. Educ. Technol., 17 (6), 544-552. doi: 10.1007/s10956-008-9121-7.
  • Wade, P.A., S.B. Rutkowsky, and D.B. King, 2006, “A simple combinatorial experiment based on Fischer esterification”, J. Chem. Educ., 83, 927-928.

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