About the Speaker

Stephen L. Chew
Stephen L. Chew


Stephen L. Chew has been a professor and chair of psychology at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama since 1993. Trained as a cognitive psychologist, one of his primary research areas is the cognitive basis of effective teaching. He is a recognized authority on teaching research, theory and practice. He has received local and national awards for the quality of his teaching. He is a leader in the scholarship of teaching and learning. His research interests include the use of examples in teaching, the tenacious misconceptions that students bring with them into the classroom, and the role of questions in learning. He regularly serves as a keynote speaker and workshop leader at conferences on teaching in general and on the teaching of psychology in particular.

Awards and Honors

  • U.S. Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2011.
  • Carnegie Scholar, Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
  • John H. Buchanan Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. Samford University.
  • Robert S. Daniel Excellence in Teaching Award. Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Division 2 of the American Psychological Association, 2005.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association; Division 2: Society for the Teaching of Psychology.