Dr. Newton Suter

Dr. Newton Suter






Educational Foundations
Office: DKSN 403
Office Phone: 501.569.3269
Email: wnsuter@ualr.edu

Dr. Suter joined the faculty in 1988 after teaching research and statistics in psychology at San Francisco State University and working as a statistician at Stanford University Medical Center. He became interested in textbook writing while studying at Stanford University, co-authoring a textbook with H. C. Lindgren in 1985 (Lindgren and Suter’s Educational Psychology in the Classroom, 7th Edition published by Brooks/Cole). In 1988 Allyn and Bacon published Suter and Lindgren’s Experimentation in Psychology: A Guided Tour, and in 1998 Allyn & Bacon published Suter’s Primer of Educational Research. A sabbatical during the academic year 2003-2004 enabled the completion of Suter’s Introduction to Educational Research: A Critical Thinking Approach (2006) published by Sage Publications and linked to a Web-based Student Study Site ( www.sagepub.com/eic). Dr. Suter has also published journal articles in the area of measurement, statistics, learning, and the teaching of psychology.

Dr. Suter quickly recognized the instructional value of the Web, and with the help of students with imaginative spirits and strong technology skills, he began offering 100% online courses in the fall of 1997, ones aligned with a constructivist philosophy and a distance-oriented cognitive apprenticeship based on activity and discovery. He teaches courses in research, statistics, and educational psychology using his SWEET model of Web-based instruction.

Writing/Research Interests:

  • Critical thinking in educational research and statistics
  • Experimentation in psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Health literacy and disease management


  • Ph.D. (Educational Psychology) Stanford University
  • MA (Research Psychology) San Francisco State University
  • BA (Psychology) University of California