Stephen F. Austin State University

Gary Mayer

Faculty & Staff

Gary Mayer, Ph.D.

(936) 468-1273
Office: Boynton 205

Gary H. Mayer, professor of journalism who was reared in Los Angeles and Houston, holds bachelor's degrees in journalism and psychology and a master's in journalism from UT-Austin. His Ph.D. is in English (modern American literature) from Baylor University.

Before coming to SFA in 1992, he taught at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., Troy University in Alabama, of which he is a founding faculty member of the Hall School of Journalism, and East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce).

One of his research interests is American journalism history. He presented several papers at the Western Journalism Historians Conference, a national meeting held at the University of California-Berkeley. He was Research Chair in 2000 and Conference Chair in 2001. He also has presented papers at conferences sponsored by the Southwest Education Council for Journalism/Mass Communication. Dr. Mayer also has given papers on a variety of topics, including the Jewish Confederacy, at conferences sponsored by The Popular Culture Association in the South.

Another research interest is general semantics. Dr. Mayer, a member of the Institute of General Semantics, has published articles in the organization's journals and has participated in a round table held in New York City.
At SFA, he teaches News Writing, Copy Editing and Headline Writing, Media Law, History of Journalism, General Semantics and Communication Ethics.

Dr. Mayer was instrumental in bringing a chapter of Delta Chi social fraternity, of which he is a brother, to the SFA campus. He serves as Faculty Adviser for both Delta Chi and Hillel Foundation, an organization for Jewish students.
His wife, Judy, is a licensed professional counselor. Their son, Michael, lives in Austin with his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter, Lily. Their daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Greg Gleinser, reside in Carrollton, near Dallas. A grandson, John Michael, born Aug. 17, 2001, shares his birthday with Dr. Mayer and his son. The Gleinsers also have a daughter, Katelynn.

Dr. Mayer enjoys reading, cooking and playing with his pets: Kimball Ross, the best of all possible dogs, and two delightful cats, Cleo Robert and Daisy Ruth.