Ronald F. Rogers

Ronald F. Rogers

Associate Dean, Academic Programs & Student Success

College of Social Sciences

Office: WSQ 103




Preferred: (408) 924-5652

Alternate: (408) 924-5300

Office Hours

8:30 - 12:00 & 1:00 - 5:00, Monday - Friday

Forms requiring signatures may be submitted anytime through the office staff. 


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Rutgers Univ New Brunswick, 1995
  • Master of Science, Psychology, Rutgers Univ New Brunswick, 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Univ Of Cal-Santa Cruz, 1989


Dr. Rogers is committed to the California State University system and the transformational experience we provide our students, and he believes that the social sciences are uniquely positioned to lead this transformative process. The social sciences are rich in diverse perspectives, experiences, and methodologies bound together through a common commitment to cultivate an understanding of human behavior and improve the human condition. No matter the major, the social sciences prepare students with broadly applicable skills and abilities in cultural and social competence, information and quantitative literacy, critical and creative thinking, and, perhaps most important, the capacity to act with ethical judgment and integrity. These are the antecedents of a functioning society, are at the core of what we value – an informed democracy, social justice, and social mobility – and are an absolute requirement in a modern economy. 

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.

Prior to this position, Dr. Rogers served as a Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychology and has been on the faculty at SJSU since 1999. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Rutgers University (1992, 1995) and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1989). Before coming to SJSU, he served as a postdoctoral research fellow in Behavioral Neuroscience at Indiana University, Bloomington (1995–1999).