Title: (Retired) Russian Studies Educator
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Harvey Mayer, Retired Russian Studies Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of foreign language education.
In preparation for his career, Dr. Mayer studied at Stanford University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Slavic languages and literature in 1959. He continued his education at Harvard University, where he earned a Master of Arts in 1960, and in 1963, he started as an assistant professor at Purdue University. Dr. Mayer earned a PhD from Harvard University in 1966, and in 1968, he accepted a position as a professor at California State University, Fullerton.
Dr. Mayer continued working at this institution until 1980, and in 1982, he took a position as a training instructor at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, where he remained until 1994. He is proudest of the work he did to dismiss the connection between the Baltic and Slavic languages. Dr. Mayer showed that the two languages originally appeared far more similar than they truly are, and worked to dismiss the idea that they shared a common linguistic ancestry.
Dr. Mayer is originally of Russian descent and started his career teaching Spanish and German, then went on to teach Slavic, Polish, and Croatian. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies. In addition to his career as an educator and researcher, Dr. Mayer devoted several years of his life to military service. In 1979, he enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve and served as a petty officer first class until 1985.
As a certified teacher in the state of California, Dr. Mayer cites professors Roman Jakobsos and Horace G. Lunt as mentors in his career. He is proud of his work as a foreign language educator and has contributed multiple articles to professional journals in the field. As a testament to his success, experience, and stature, he has been featured in the seventh edition of Who’s Who in American Education, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.
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