Dr. Sandra M. Mayo - Director
Dr. Sandra Mayo, Director of Multicultural and Gender Studies and Associate Professor of Theatre at Texas State University-San Marcos (Texas State) since 2001, has had a versatile and extensive career in academia that includes teaching at several colleges and Universities— U of Buffalo, Buffalo State, Syracuse U, Ohio State U, U of Houston-Downtown, U of Texas in San Antonio, and Incarnate Word University. She holds degrees from Syracuse University, Buffalo State, and the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her administrative work includes Director of Theatre and Fine Arts and Dean of Arts and Sciences at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio. In addition to working as a college administrator and professor, her credentials include directing and producing, as well as writing numerous articles on the theatre and the arts. She has edited several books including Introduction to Fine Arts, Sterling Houston: Four Plays, Myth, Magic, and Farce: Four Multicultural Plays by Sterling Houston, and High Yello Rose and Other Texas Plays. She is currently working on a two-book contract with the University of Texas Press on Black Theatre in Texas and a contract with Peter Lang Publishing for a book on Multicultural Curriculum Transformation. At Texas State she currently teaches Diversity Studies, and graduate courses in Modern and Contemporary World Drama. As the Director of Multicultural and Gender Studies she manages a minor in Diversity Studies (undergraduate) and Women’s Studies (graduate and undergraduate) and co-curricular multicultural events, diversity film and reading series, co-sponsorship of guest speakers and symposiums, and a resource area with a variety of multicultural titles. She chairs the Women and Gender Research Collaborative and is on the Board of Directors of the peer reviewed online Journal of Research on Women and Gender, both under the auspices of the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies. She leads professional development for faculty representing all of the colleges of the University with the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute that just completed its fifth year in May 2009. She has presented multicultural curriculum transformation workshops at other universities in the U.S. and Africa. She is a regular presenter at the conference of the Texas Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) and a member of its Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the Black Theatre Network.