Mayers Endowed Chair of Applied Anthropology Celebration

Mayers Endowed Chair of Applied Anthropology Celebration

Dr. Marvin K. Mayers is a longtime, highly respected and distinguished professor and writer in the field of anthropology. In recognition of his teaching, writing, research and visionary leadership in the field of anthropology studies, the Board of Trustees of the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL), established the Marvin K. Mayers Faculty Chair of Applied Anthropology in 2012. The chair affirms the study of Applied Anthropology as an essential component of the GIAL curriculum.

Marvin Keene Mayers, PhD, was born in Canton, OH in 1927. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College in Chicago, IL, his Masters of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary in California and a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Chicago. Dr. Mayers was the former head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Wheaton College. He also served as Professor of Linguistics  and  Anthropology  at  SIL in Dallas, TX and as Adjunct Professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The impetus for funding this important Faculty Chair at GIAL was begun by the McKee family in memory of Margaret McKee. GIAL gratefully acknowledges the gifts and the work of the McKee family. Dr. Rob McKee, professor of Applied Anthropology at GIAL, along with other family members and friends were instrumental in raising over $25,000 to initiate the funding process.

A Faculty Chair is considered endowed when it reaches the $1.5 million level. Gifts to the endowment may be made in cash, stocks and bonds, personal and real property, or through trusts or other planned arrangements. Gifts may also be made as pledges over a five (5) year period. However, only limited distributions will be made until the endowment fund reaches the target level of $1.5 million.

Endowed faculty chairs help support the salaries of named professors and assist in their research and service endeavors (for example, by hiring student assistants).

For questions regarding contributions to the Mayers Faculty Chair of Applied Anthropology, please contact the GIAL Development Office at 972-708-7547 or

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