Mark Stewart was interim dean of the Graduate School of Education for the 2013-14 academic year. He is associate dean for faculty development for the College of Liberal Arts and recently completed a two-year term as director of the Office for Faculty Research and Resources (OFFRR). He was recently named a Teagle Assessment Scholar and oversees assessment activities for the CLA. Professor Stewart received his B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1986 and his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Nevada in 1995. His graduate research focused on speech perception and spoken word recognition. From 1995-1998 he worked as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego. While there, his research was in the area of psycholinguistics with a focus on real-time segmentation of the speech stream, as well as comprehension of spoken figurative language. In 1998 he joined the Willamette faculty, and his current research focus is on the perceptual and cognitive phenomenology of synesthesia, a unique neurological condition wherein distinct colors are associated with specific digits and letters. Dr. Stewart has a longstanding passion for teaching, having taught several sections of introductory psychology, research methods, statistics, sensation and perception, and neuroscience. He is active in a number of regional and national initiatives on revising sciences curricula to better meet the needs of all students, not just those majoring in science.
Professor of Psychology