Award-Winning Scholar to Keynote 2020 RALS

Stephen Chew, a nationally acclaimed expert on teaching and learning, will be the keynote speaker at this spring's Rutgers Active Learning Symposium, to be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Chew, a professor of psychology at Samford University, will deliver a keynote lecture as well as a workshop at the popular annual event that draws more than 100 faculty and staff from Rutgers and beyond.

Trained as a cognitive psychologist, one of Chew's main research areas is the cognitive basis of effective teaching and learning. He has studied the use of examples in teaching, the impact of cognitive load on learning, and the tenacious misconceptions that students bring with them into the classroom. He is the creator of a series of YouTube videos for students on how to study effectively in college that have been viewed almost three million times and are in wide use from high schools to professional schools. More recently he created a series of videos for teaching on the cognitive principles of effective teaching.

Chew was awarded the Buchanan Award for Classroom Teaching Excellence from Samford in 1999.  In 2005, he received the Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology as the outstanding teacher of psychology at four-year colleges and universities. He was named the 2011 Outstanding Master’s Universities and Colleges U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2018 he received the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Foundation.

Visit the 2020 Rutgers Active Learning Symposium site for more information.