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Professor of Education (1987)
- B.S. (Social Studies Comprehensive), University of Cincinnati
- M.A. in History, Xavier University
- Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Pennsylvania State University
Office: PPHAC, Room 328
Areas of Research and/or Expertise
Secondary education. Teaching young people how to think historically.
Before teaching at Moravian, Dr. Mayer taught social studies for twelve years at Lewisburg High School in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Currently, he coordinates the secondary education program. In addition, Dr. Mayer teaches courses on multicultural and philosophical foundations of education as well as courses on reflective approaches to teaching for all secondary teachers and for social studies teachers. Dr. Mayer spends his springs in schools supervising student teachers. He also teaches a variety of courses in the Colleges M.Ed. program.
Beyond teaching, Dr. Mayer has published two books for young people, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Greenhaven Press), a book he edited, and When the Children Marched: The Birmingham Civil Rights Movement (Enslow Publishers). Both won the Carter G. Woodson Award from the National Council for the Social Studies. He has also written for Cobblestone, a magazine of history. His primary research interest is in the area of teaching history. Dr. Mayer has published articles about teaching history in The Social Studies, Social Education, and the Magazine of History and more general articles on teaching in Teaching Education and Teacher Education Quarterly.
Recent Activities of Note
- Robert Mayer, professor and chair of education, has received a Carter G. Woodson Award secondary honor for his book, When the Children Marched: The Birmingham Civil Rights Movement. Bob will travel to Atlanta in November to accept the award. The National Council for the Social Studies established the Carter G. Woodson Book Awards for the most distinguished social science books appropriate for young readers that depict ethnicity in the United States. First presented in 1974, the award is intended to "encourage the writing, publishing, and dissemination of outstanding social studies books for young readers that treat topics related to ethnic minorities and race relations sensitively and accurately."
- A book by Robert H. Mayer, professor and chair of education, was recognized by The Society of School Librarians International (SSLI). When the Children Marched: The Birmingham Civil Rights Movement was selected as a 2008 Honor Book for the Social Studies Grades 7-12 category. SSLI chooses one "best book" for each category. The goal of SSLI is "to speak singularly and forcefully for the unique needs of school librarians in the educational community."