Ronald (Ron) Rogers

Ron Rogers

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Ron Rogers is currently a Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at San José State University. As Chair, Dr. Rogers is responsible for supporting more than 50 full- and part-time faculty teaching over 9,000 students across more than 250 course sections annually. Professional development for faculty and staff, curricular innovation, student support, and alumni outreach characterize his efforts as Chair. Examples include enhancing support for travel, research, and grant writing; developing innovative online courses in partnership with a Silicon Valley-based education company; supporting course development for the CSU-wide CourseMatch program; and initiating Psychology’s participation in the Carnegie Foundation Statway program. He also has worked to raise and manage funds for student scholarships and professional colloquia, which has resulted in nine new pre-endowment or endowed scholarships and an endowed annual lecture in psychology.


Prior to his role as Chair, he served six years as the Program Coordinator for the M.A. in Research and Experimental Psychology program. For four years, he worked as the College and University Assessment Coordinator to help departments implement meaningful program assessment. In recognition of his efforts, he was twice awarded the Provost’s Outstanding Assessment Award. This position also afforded him the opportunity to participate in several retreats and workshops organized by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in preparation for accreditation. His accreditation efforts continue today as a member of the WASC Steering Committee for SJSUs upcoming accreditation visit.


Throughout his research career, Dr. Rogers has investigated learning and memory across multiple levels of analysis. His early research investigated cellular mechanisms of neuroplasticity thought to contribute to learning and memory. More recently, his research has focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning, including investigations of classroom-level engagement and the efficacy of a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) in elementary statistics education. His basic and applied research interests are reflected in the wide range of courses he has taught, including undergraduate and graduate courses in biological psychology, research methods, statistics, and educational psychology.


Dr. Rogers received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Rutgers University, prior to which he received an M.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before coming to SJSU, he served as a postdoctoral fellow in behavioral neuroscience at Indiana University, Bloomington.