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, citizenship, and ethical reasoning. Dr. Stemler has more than 40 publications consisting of books, chapters, and peer-reviewed articles in a number of top journals including Perspectives on Psychological Science, 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 has has taught domestically and internationally and has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level. At Wesleyan, he teaches the large, 200+ person introductory psychology course. Professor Stemler also teaches courses on psychological measurement, educational psychology, statistics, and conflict resolution. He has supervised several undergraduate thesis projects, some masters’ theses, and he has supervised a postdoctoral fellow at Wesleyan. Through an appointment at Framingham State University in their International Education Programs, he has traveled to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic to teach courses on Research Design.
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. In 2001, 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). In 2005, Professor Stemler joined the faculty at Wesleyan University where he is currently appointed as an Associate Professor of Psychology. He is co-founder and co-chair of the Education Studies minor at Wesleyan and is the Director of the Wesleyan Psychometric Lab. Professor Stemler served as the President of the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO) from 2012-2014 and has served on the Advisory Board of Aspiring Minds, the largest personnel selection company in India, since 2012. He is also an International Research Advisor at the Center for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education (CARPE) at Dublin City University, Ireland.