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Steven E. Stemler

Associate Professor of Psychology

Judd Hall, 216

Co-Chair, College of Education Studies


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Steven E. Stemler

Professor Stemler has spent nearly two decades systematically studying the purposes of school (elementary through post-secondary) and how those purposes get measured via testing. He and his colleagues have developed a number of innovative new ways of measuring broad constructs such as creativity, cultural competence, practical intelligence, and ethical reasoning. Dr. Stemler has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles, books, and chapters. His research has appeared in a number of top journals including the Journal of Educational Psychology, Educational Psychologist, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Intelligence, and the International Journal of Selection and Assessment. He recently authored a book chapter on, “Aligning Mission and Measurement” and is the co-founder of the website: http://www.purposeofschool.org.

Professor Stemler graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington. He then attained both an M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Subsequently, he was appointed as a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University, where he worked directly with Robert J. Sternberg (then president of the American Psychological Association) and ultimately joined the research faculty at Yale as an Associate Research Scientist and became the Assistant Director of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise (PACE Center) at Yale. In 2005, Professor Stemler joined the faculty at Wesleyan University where he is currently appointed as an Associate Professor of Psychology. Professor Stemler served as the President of the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO) from 2012-2014. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for Aspiring Minds, India and the Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education (CARPE) at Dublin City University, Ireland.

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Fall 2020
PSYC 105 - 01
Foundations Contemporary Psych