Published on May 22, 2020 by Sean Flynt  
Stephen Chew
Stephen Chew
Samford University psychology professor Stephen Chew is an internationally celebrated  educator and scholar. Surveying the extreme challenges of COVID-19, Chew offers thoughts on how to develop essential skills required to meet those challenges even in the absence of prior experience and knowledge. “While critical thinking is most often seen (and studied) in situations where prior knowledge matters, it is in unprecedented situations like this pandemic where more general critical thinking skills emerge and can make a crucial difference in terms of decision making and problems solving,” Chew writes in a new essay–What Pandemics Can Teach Us About Critical Thinking and Metacognition at www.improvewithmetacognition.com. Read the essay here.
 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.