In 1994, Mr. Mayer assisted his parents, James W. Mayer (Regents/Emeritus Professor, ASU) and Mrs. Elizabeth Mayer (Supervisor of Service Learning, ASU) in the development and implementation of the Patterns in Nature course. The Patterns in Nature course was initially designed to instruct K-12 teachers on engineering and science education methods and was taught in a traditional classroom setting. Mr. Mayer’s science education and teaching experience assisted in the development of lab activities for the course.
In the late 1990’s, with the addition of Blackboard as a platform for learning at ASU, Patterns in Nature moved to a hybrid course format. In 2001, due to increased enrollment, Mr. Mayer was hired as the faculty associate whose primary responsibility was the coordination and instruction of the in-person labs. In 2007, Mr. Mayer’s responsibilities expanded to include all facets of managing, implementing, and facilitating the on-line instruction as well as the in-person lab component of the course.
Mr. Mayer has taught science courses for 37 years at the university, high school, and middle school levels. In 1999, Mr. Mayer developed and implemented an Advanced Placement Environmental Science course at Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colorado. Mr. Mayer taught the course for four years from 1999-2002. Students completing the course earn four science credits at the University of Colorado.
Mr. Mayer has been selected by numerous Arizona State University student athletes as their “Most Influential Professor.”