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About Robert L. Mayes

Robert Mayes received his B.S. (1979) and M.S. (1981) in Mathematics with a secondary education focus from Emporia State University and his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Kansas State University (1989). He has taught mathematics on the high school, community college, and university levels. His first professorship was at West Virginia University (1989-93) where he specialized in satellite television professional development courses for secondary mathematics teachers. From 1993-2001 he assisted in developing and implementing an innovative Mathematics Education Ph.D. offered through the Mathematics Department at the University of Northern Colorado. While at UNC he was a Co-PI on COSMOS, a mathematics and science upward bound program and served as the Director of the Mathematics and Science Teaching Center (MAST).
In 2001 he returned to the WVU Mathematics Department to direct the Institute for Mathematics Learning (IML), whose mission is to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics in lower level undergraduate courses. He served as the coordinator and curriculum development leader for a technology enhanced applied algebra course, writing a text for the course called ACT in Algebra. He was a Co-PI on the NSF Center for Learning and Teaching ACCLAIM program and was the steward for the second doctoral cohort. He also served as the Vice-President for College on the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Executive Committee.
In the summer of 2006 he joined the University of Wyoming assuming the directorship of the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center (SMTC). The mission of the SMTC is to improve the learning and teaching of science and mathematics in Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain region. In this capacity he secured partnerships in multiple grants to support STEM education, including two National Science Foundation projects: Pathways to Ecological Literacy and Mathematics Teacher Leadership Center.
As of August 2011 Robert Mayes has joined Georgia Southern University as a Research Professor in the College of Education. His research focus is on the teaching and learning of problem solving, mathematical modeling, and quantitative reasoning in the sciences and social sciences. He currently is serving as the first director of the new Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education. In this capacity he has secured two grants supporting interdisciplinary STEM projects in collaboration with seven school districts and 13 research institutes across the Georgia coastal plain.


2012 Director, Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education, Georgia Southern University
2011 Research Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, Georgia Southern University Department of Teaching & Learning
2011 Marketing Contact, Georgia Southern University

Curriculum Vitae


Honors and Awards

  • Master of Innovation Award, Zenith Data Systems Award for Innovative Teaching with Technology (1992)
  • Nominated for Outstanding Teaching Award for Arts and Sciences (1997)


  • Teaching Geometry (MATH 598)
  • Technology in Mathematics Education (MATH 630)
  • Cognitive Processes in Mathematics (MED 700)
  • Modern Geometry (MATH 341)
  • Research in Mathematics Education (MED 600)
  • Computers and Technology in Mathematics Education
  • Modern Algebra for Teachers
  • Modern Geometry for Teachers
  • Mathematics Education Research (NASC 5700)
  • Applied Algebra (MATH 124)
  • MERIT High Quality Teacher Program
  • MERIT Number and Algebra I and II
  • MERIT Number and Algebra Teaching I and II
  • MERIT Functions and Calculus I and II
  • MERIT Functions and Calculus Teaching I and II

Contact Information

P.O.Box 8134
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-8538
Office: College of Education


Chapters in Books (7)

Books (3)

Articles in Refereed Professional Journals (10)

Other (13)