Shu Chen-Worley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Education & Special Education

Department of Education & Special Education

Graduate School of Education

Dr. Shu Jen Chen-Worley 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 College Graduate School of Education. She is a recipient of the first Presidential Research Development Grant (PRDG) award in 2017 for the her research in L2 Acquisition and Education Practice for ESL/EL Learners. Dr. Chen-Worley is also the author of Educating Inclusively: Assessment and Instructional Strategies. The book reexamines the concepts of assessment and instruction and highlights effective inclusion practice with the "difference" model. She has published articles in Idiom NYTESOL, International Journal of Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, etc. She is also an Editorial Review Board member for CITE and a reviewer for other journals (Elsevier). She has presented many papers in peer-refereed conferences ( AERA, NERA, etc.). Dr. Chen-Worley is 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

Recent Publications

Chen, S. J. (2015). Educating inclusively: Assessment and instructional strategies (3rd ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Chen-Worley, S. J. (2015). Understanding how to nurture creativity. In Hawaii University International Conferences 2015 Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences & Education proceedings. Retrieved from

Chen, S. J. (2013). The voice and ultimate goal for successful English language learning. Idiom, 42(4), 4-5.

Chen, S. J. (2012). [Review of the book The evolution of human language: Biolinguistic perspectives, by R. K. Larson, V. Déprez, & H. Yamakido]. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 1-6. Retrieved from

Chen, S. J. (2012). Building a big dream by beginning with a small dream. Idiom41(4), 10-11

Chen, S. J. (2011, Spring). It’s all about how language works. Idiom41(1), 19.

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.