Robert J. Sternberg

Sternberg is Provost and Senior Vice President of Oklahoma State University, as well as Professor of Psychology. As Provost, Sternberg oversees matters pertaining to academic affairs at the university.  As a psychology professor, Sternberg teaches a course on the nature of leadership. Sternberg also is Honorary Professor at the University of Heidelberg. Prior to coming to Oklahoma State, Sternberg was Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology and Education at Tufts University.  Before Tufts, Sternberg was IBM Professor of Psychology and Education and Professor of Management at Yale University.  Sternberg’s most recent book is College Admissions for the 21st Century (Harvard University Press, 2010), which discusses the role of creativity in admissions as well as teaching and assessment.

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Sternberg’s research covers a wide range of areas, including intelligence, creativity, wisdom, leadership, love and close relationships, and hate. He is the author of over 1200 books and articles, and has won roughly two dozen awards for his scholarship. His research has taken him to five different continents, where he has studied the relationship between culture and competence.

Sternberg received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and his B.A. summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with honors with exceptional distinction in psychology, from Yale University. He also has received 11 honorary doctorates. Sternberg is a past-president of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), and has served on the Boards of Directors of the APA, APA Insurance Trust, and American Psychological Foundation. He is currently on the Board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and will start as treasurer of the Association in 2011.  Sternberg is President of the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology and President-Elect of the Federation of Associations of Brain and Behavioral Sciences.