Mark Stewart

Professor of Psychology

Dr. Mark Stewart joined the Department of Psychology in 1998. He recently served as interim dean of the Graduate School of Education in 2013-14, as well as associate dean for faculty development for the College of Liberal Arts from 2011-2014, where he oversaw assessment of student learning on behalf of the CLA, in addition to directing Willamette’s Office for Faculty Research and Resources (OFFRR) for two years. He currently serves as a Teagle Assessment Scholar, an NWCCU peer evaluator, and is a panel reviewer for the National Science Foundation. Professor Stewart is recently returned to the department to resume full-time teaching following his 2014-2015 sabbatical. Dr. 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, Reno in 1995. His graduate training centered 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. His research there 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. Dr. Stewart’s 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. Mark has a longstanding passion for teaching, having taught several years’ worth of introductory psychology, research methods, statistics, sensation and perception, and neuroscience. He remains an active contributor to a number of regional and national initiatives dedicated to revising sciences curricula to better meet the needs of all students, not only those majoring in science-related disciplines.