Gary Mayer, Ph.D.
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-Berkley. 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 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 for General Semantics, has published articles in the organizations journals and presents a paper each fall at a symposium held at the Princeton Club in New York City.
At SFA he teaches Media Writing, Editing in the Converged News Room, Feature Writing, Media Law and Media Ethics.
His wife Judy is a licensed professional counselor. Their son, Michael, lives in Austin with his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter, Lily. Their daughter, Michelle, resides in Carrollton, near Dallas. Michelle has two children, John Michael, and Katelynn. Dr. Mayer, Michael, and John Michael share the same birthday.
He enjoys reading, cooking and playing with his pets: two dogs, Katie Jean "Silkie" Mayer and ABCDE, nicknamed "Abbie," and a huge cat, Violet, who prefers to be called "Kittles."