Ronald W. Mayer
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132
Birth: July 3, 1928
Service: U. S. Army, 1954-56, Honorable Discharge
Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A. (Psychology), June, 1951
Ohio State University, M.A. (Psychology), June, 1952
Ohio State University, Ph.D. (Psychology), June, 1959
Ohio Wesleyan University
Areas and quarter hours in psychology: 246 (50 undergraduate,
Social Psychology (and dissertation) 71
(Electives: Philosophy, 24; Sociology, 30)
Master's Thesis: "Psychological problems involved in adjustment to vocational career as related to age." (directed by S. L. Pressey)
Doctoral Dissertation: "Religious attitudes of scientists." (directed by H. B. English)
Student Assistant to Psychology Department Chair and to Professor Harry Bahrick, 1950-51.
Ohio State University:
Student Assistant to Sidney L. Pressey: Gerontological research work and teaching assistant, 1951-52
Cottage Parent, Ohio Bureau of Juvenile Research, 1952-53 (caring for Ohio's most emotionally distrubed 5-12 year olds).
Research Asst., 1952-54, Wright Patterson Air Force research projects (under D.D. Wickens and Paul Fitts)
Teaching Asst. and Asst. Instructor, 1956-58, teaching the following courses:
Psychology for Medical Personnel
Psychology of Effective Study.
U. S. Army
Psychology Assistant 1954-56. Administered all intelligence tests (AFQT group and individual) to Army, Navy, Airforce, and Marine recruits and inductees from western Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming
Washington State University (Spokane Extension)
Instructor, 1955-56, (during tour of Army duty)
Taught Introductory Psychology (supervised by James Elder, a student of Yerkes)
Acting Junior Counselor, 1956. Initiated vocational and educational counseling center for Spokane adult extension students.
Assistant Professor, 1958-61.
Associate Professor (with tenure), 1962-63.
Associate Graduate Faculty for Psychology and Education
History of Psychology
Psychology of Tests and Measurements
Intelligence Testing (Binet and Wechsler)
Modern Viewpoints of Psychology
Advanced Social Psychology
Extension field courses -- taught public school teachers, administrators, and counselors in various districts of Georgia and Alabama:
Philosophy of Education
Directed psychology masters' theses
Served on doctoral committees in education
San Francisco State University
Assistant Professor, 1963-67
Associate Professor (and tenure), 1967-72
Associate Chairman, 1967-68
Professor of Psychology, 1972-date
Theoretical Backgrounds in Psychology
Learner and Society
Behavior Problems of Children
Biography in Psychology
Personal and Social Development
Individual Differences in the Classroom
Peer Advising in Psychology
CONSULTING POSITIONS (for reimbursement)
Auburn University, 1960-62
National Defense Education Act Guidance Workshop
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, State of Alabama, 1960-63
Alcohol Education Workshop for State of Alabama
Supervisor, American College Testing program
Mental Health Workshop for teachers.
Administered Binet & Wechsler tests to determine mental retardation for state disability claims
Lee County Mental Health Clinic, 1960-61
Administered Binet & Wechsler tests for psychology clinic patients
Advisory Board, Mental Retardation Center
Electronics for Education, Maryland, 1962-63
Analysis of standardized tests for use in teaching machines
Southern Bell Telephone & Telegraph Company, Atlanta, Ga., 1963
Assessment Center -- member of team of psychologists and regional AT&T personnel vice presidents to evaluate middle management personnel for Southern Bell Telephone Company.
San Francisco State University, 1966
Member of School of Education team teaching program for 5th year teacher training students -- including supervision of their practice teaching in culturally deprived elementary and secondary Bay Area schools.
Faculty Development Research Grant, San Francisco State University, "Current Developments in the History of Psychology." 1966-67
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS and Activities (Present and past)
American Association for advancement of Science (Life Member)
American Psychological Association, Member, 1958-life
Chairman, Organizing Committee of Division 26 (History of Psychology), 1964-65.
Western Psychological Association
Chairman, Elections Committee, Div. 26, 1966-67
Chairman, Membership Committee, Div. 26, 1967-79
Secy-Treas. Div. 26, 1987-1993
Chairman, numerous paper sessions and invited addresses at annual conventions
Alternate Delegate, American Assoc. of State Psychology Boards, 1962 Convention.
Member, Organizing Caucus for Division 44, Gay Psychologists Association
Executive Committee 1965-73
Convention Manager, 1966-67
Secretary-Treasurer, Board of Directors, 1969-73.
Midwestern Psychol. Assoc., 1956-58.
Alabama Psychological Association, Committee on Training and Standards of School Psychologists, 1961-62.
California Psychological Association
Amer. Personnel & Guidance Assoc., 1958-60.
American Association of University Professors
Secretary, California Conference of AAUP 1972-73.
Academy of Religion and Mental Health, Organizational Committee, East Alabama, 1962.
Treasurer, San Francisco State University Chapter, 1971-72.
Chairman, Psychology Self Study Committee (planning Psychology doctoral programs), Auburn University, 1961-62.
Psi Chi, Auburn University, Sponsor and Advisor, 1961-63; Advisor, Psychology Club (1959-61)
Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences, 1973-date
California Historical Society; Amer. Historical Society, 1966
International Platform Assoc.
Society for History of Technology, 1966
New York- Academy of Sciences
Herbert Evans History of Science Club, U.C. Berkeley, 1973-78
Western Historical Association
American Academy of Political and Social Science
National Society for the Study of Education
Amer. Ed. Res. Assoc. 1966
Calif. Psychol. Assoc.
Special Libraries Association,
American Federation of Teachers, 1965;
Calif. Teacher's Assoc., 1966
University Center for Rational Alternatives
Mayer, R. W. (1959). "Religious attitudes of scientists." Unpublished doctoral dissertation Ohio State
University, June, 1959. Dissertation Abstracts, v. 20, No. 6.
Mayer, R.W. and Paul Irvine (1961). Alcohol Education Manual. Co-edited with Paul Irvine. Published by the
State Department of Education, Alabama.
Co-Editor with Cedric Larson, "History of Psychology Newsletter" (1962-66) for
History of Psychology Group of the American Psychological Association.
Mayer, R.W. (1968). Student Guide for DeCecco Educational Psychology. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall.
Mayer, R.W. (1968). Teacher's Manual for DeCecco's Educational Psychology. Englewood Cliffs, N.J Prentice-Hall .
Mayer, R. W. (1970). "Why do people attend conventions?" Sales Meeting Magazine. May, 1970, v. 19, No. 4, 146-151. (an edited reprint of speech)
Mayer, R.W. (1970). Proceedings: Western Psychological Association: Fiftieth Annual Meeting.
American Psychologist, 25, 787-805.
Mayer, R.W. (1971). Proceedings of the Fifty-first annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association. American Psychologist, 26, 752-771
Mayer, R.W. (1972). Edmund Clark Sanford, 1859-1924. Proceedings, 80th Annual Convention,
American Psychological Association, 775-76.
Mayer, R.W. (1972) Psychology, psychologists, and the University of California: the First
twenty years, 1880-1900., Proceedings, 80th Annual Convention American Psychological Association, 777-778.
Mayer, R.W. (1972). Proceedings of the Fifty-second Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological
Association. American Psychologist, Sept., 1972, 27, 788-809.
Mayer, R.W. (1973). Proceedings of the Fifty-Third Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological
Association, American Psychologist28, 728-749.
Mayer, R.W. (1997). A happy history. Contemporary Psychology, 42, 841-842.
Mayer, R.W. (1997). A history of Division 26 (History of Psychology). In D. A. Dewsbury (Ed.), Unification Through Division: Histories of the Divisions of the American Psychological Association (Vol. 2, pp. 127-151. Washington, DC: American Psychological Associataion.
CAMPUS ACTIVITIES- San Francisco State University
Budget Committee, 1965-66
Instructional materials Committee, 1966-72
University Grievance Committee, 1970-71
Faculty Club, Secretary, 1968-69; Treasurer, 1969-70
STEP Program, Elementary Education
Supervisor of student teachers at various San Francisco High Schools (Everett, Pelton, Presidio Junior High Schools); and Marin County Elementary, 1963-67
Nominee, 1979 Outstanding Professor Award (too few nominees; none awarded that year)
Member, Academic Senate, 1985-88
Academic Senate Curriculum Review and Approval Committee, 1985-88
Associate Chair, 1968-69
Psychology Dept. Representative, Council of Department Chairmen, 1967-68
Coordinator, Psychology Dept. Registration, 1969
Coordinator, Psychology Dept. Year Round Operation, 1968-69
Coordinator, Psychology Dept. Course Review, 1974-75
Undergraduate Coordinator, Psychology Dept., 1985-88; 2001-05
Member, various department committees: Advisory, Promotions, Curriculum, Hiring, Retention, and Tenure
Resident Director, American Friends Service Committee Institutional Service Unit, "Students in Mental Hospitals," State Hospital for the Insane, Columbus, Ohio, Summer, 1952
Address: "Psychology and Music." Music Teacher Association, Spokane, Washington, 1956.
Address: "Ethnic Cleavage in the Modern Child. Omicron Nu Honorary, Auburn Univ., 1960
TV Presentation: "Intelligence Testing." Educational TV, Auburn University, 1960.
Speaker, Religious Emphasis Week Auburn University, 1960.
President, Auburn University Faculty/Staff Singles Club, 1960-63.
Chairman, Auburn Community (Interracial) Self Study Group, Auburn, Alabama, 1961-63.
Planning Council, East Alabama Council of Human Relations, 1961-62.
Executive Committee, District 5, Member State Board of Alabama Council of Human Relations, 1963.
Block Chairman, Merced Heights Neighborhood Assoc. (integrated neighborhood), San Francisco, 1966
Docent (first male), Asst. to Director, California Historical Society, 1969-70.
Keynote Speaker, Medical Convention Association, Mark Hopkins Hotel, January 5, 1970.
Opening Address, "Attention, Attendance, and Power," Annual Meeting of the Association of Osteopathic State Executive Directors, Mark Hopkins Hotel, Oct. 7, 1970.
Chief of Staff, San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, 1984-85.
LISTING IN BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORIES
American Men of Science, 10th ed., 11th ed (1965); 12th (1971)
American Psychological Association Directory
American Psychological Society Directory
Dictionary of International Biography, 4th ed., 1967
Directory of American Scholars, 5th ed. (1968-69) - Part I - History.
Leaders in American Science, 4th ed., 1960-61
Who's Who among Authors and Journalists
Who's Who in American Education, Vol. 22, 1965-66.
Who's Who in California, 1969
Who's Who in the West, 10th ed., 1967-63; 15th ed., 1976-77.
Who's Who in America, 63rd ed., 2009