Megan Nagel, Ph.D.

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Associate Chief Academic Officer
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Honors Coordinator
Ostermayer Lab Building, 310
Penn State Greater Allegheny, 4000 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132

Spring 2022

On-Campus Office Hours:
Wednesday:  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday:  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Professor Nagel earned her doctorate studying Polymer Chemistry at Penn State University in 2006.  Since this time, she has become passionate about teaching undergraduate chemistry, research in chemical education and chemical analysis, and participating in outreach for aspiring scientists.

Professor Nagel was the recipient of the 2016 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Teaching Interests:
General chemistry I & 2 with lab, organic chemistry 1& 2 with lab, quantitative analysis, introductory forensic science


Development of interdisciplinary understanding of energy, metacognitive practices in the chemistry classroom, chemical analyis of everyday products

Nagel, M. L. & Lindsey, B. A. 2021. “Implementation of Reasoning Chain Construction Tasks to Support Student Explanations in General Chemistry” Journal of Chemical Education, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.1c00729

Lindsey, B. A. & Nagel, M. L.  2019. “Scaffolded questions to support student understanding of potential energy in chemistry” Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 15(1)

Nagel, M. L. & Lindsey, B. A. 2017. “The use of classroom clickers to support improved self-assessment in introductory chemistry” Journal of College Science Teaching, 47(5).

Lindsey, B. A. & Nagel, M. L. 2015. “Do students know what they know? Exploring the accuracy of students’ self-assessments” Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 11(2)

Nagel, M. L. & Lindsey, B. A.2015. “Student use of energy topics from physics in chemistry courses” Chemical Education Research and Practice, 16(67-81)

Ph.D., Penn State University

B.S., Slippery Rock University