Shu Jen Chen-Worley

Associate Professor, Early Childhood Special Education Program

Graduate School of Education

Dr. Shu Jen Chen-Worley, also known as Dr. Shu Jen Worley and Dr. Shu Jen Chen, has been a teacher, professor, scholar, and researcher in the field of children with special needs. She received her Ph.D. degree in Applied Behavioral Studies in Special Education from Oklahoma State University and her Master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from Arizona State University. Currently, she is teaching education/special education at the Touro University Graduate School of Education. Dr. Chen-Worley was also a qualified Pearson edTPA scorer for Special Education P-12.

Honors and Awards

2017 (April) Recipient of the first 2017 Presidential Research Development Grant (PRDG) award at Touro College for the research project in L2 Acquisition and Education Practice for ESL/EL Learners

2017 (April ) Selected to chair the Paper Session entitled "Constructing, Collaborating, and Preservice Teacher Learning in Literacy Education" at 2017 AERA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, April 27- May 1, 2017.

2002 (June - July) Selected researcher for the Cross-Cultural Studies for the NEH Grant Research Project held in the Summer Institute in University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles


  • Chen-Worley, S. J. (2023). Teacher Perceptions on L2 Acquisition and Education Practice for English Language Learners. Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 15(1), 80–107.
  • Chen-Worley, S. J. (2021). Understanding Differences with Big "I" and Small "i" Self-Concepts as Effective Practice for Leadership, Inclusion, and Equity. Academia Letters.
  • Chen-Worley, S. J. (2021 April). Confrontation: Expanding national and international policies: SIG-critical perspectives on early childhood education paper and symposium sessions [Panel Chair]. 2021 American Educational Research Association annual meeting.
  • Chen-Worley, S. (2019 October). Teacher perceptions and education practice for English Language Learners. Paper presented at the Annual Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) Conference, Trumbull, CT.
  • Chen-Worley, Shu. (2019, February 9). Using music to promote inclusion, creativity, and literacy learning. Presentation at the 40th Annual Applied Linguistics Winter Conference, Binghampton, New York.
  • Chen-Worley, S. J. (2015). Educating inclusively: Assessment and instructional strategies (3rd ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
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Recent Presentations

Chen-Worley, S. J. (2016). Understanding perception as a power for education practice (assessment & instruction). Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA). Trumbull, CT. Oct. 27, 2016.

Chen-Worley, S. J. (2015). The truth of education. Critical Questions in Education (CQiE). Baltimore, MD. Nov. 2, 2015

Chen, S. J. (2013). Teachers' perceptions, pedagogy, and social justice for ELLs. Paper accepted by International Society for Language Studies (ISLS). San Juan, Puerto Rico. June 13-15, 2013.

Chen, S. J. (2012). Understanding language difference vs. language deficit as quality of education practice. American Educational Research Association (AERA). Vancouver, Canada.  April 14, 2012.

Chen, S. J. (2011). Embracing learning and living together by bridging differences. NYS TESOL 41st Annual Conference.  Melville, New York. Oct. 29, 2011.                   

Chen, S. J. (2010). The education challenge in the 21st century: English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the classroom. American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Washington, DC. June, 12, 2010.

Chen, S. J. (2010). Perception as a powerful assessment instrument. American Educational Research Association (AERA). Denver, CO. April, 30, 2010.