Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn is the President and CEO of Foundry College. He led a team of instructional designers in building the Foundry curriculum, and designing the teaching techniques, based on his decades of work in learning science. Most recently, Kosslyn served as the Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute.
Kosslyn joined Minerva from Stanford University, where he had been serving as Director of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, the world’s preeminent institution in the field. Prior to Stanford, he was the John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James and Dean of Social Sciences at Harvard University, having previously been chair of the Department of Psychology at Harvard.
Kosslyn has been recognized by election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, by three honorary doctorates, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the National Academy of Sciences Initiatives in Research Award. He has published over 300 scientific papers and 13 books, including his most recent, Top Brain/Bottom Brain (with G. W. Miller), which develops a new theory of “cognitive modes.”
He earned his PhD in Psychology from Stanford University and his BA in Psychology from UCLA.