MARY L. SPENCER, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology & Micronesian Studies
Micronesian Language Institute/Micronesian Area Research Center,
University of Guam, Mangilao, Guam 96923
Ph: 1-671-735-2855; FAX: 1-671-734-7403, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ph.D. University of New Mexico, Psychology, 1970
M.A. University of New Mexico, Psychology, 1969
B.A. University of New Mexico, Psychology, 1965Academic Experience
1981; 1984-present University of Guam:
2009- Professor of Psychology & Micronesian Studies,
Micronesian Language Institute/Micronesian Area Research Center
2006(F)-2008(Su) Acting Coordinator, University of Guam, Graduate Studies
2004-2009 Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences,
2003 –2004 Acting Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
1997-2003 Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
1996 Acting Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
1992-1997 Director, Micronesian Language Institute
1993 to present Professor, Psychology
1988-1993 Associate Professor, Psychology
1985-1988 Assistant Professor, Psychology
1981; 1984-85 Instructor, College of Education
1987-1991 Director, BEAM Center, College of Education; (Bilingual Education Assistance in Micronesia; Title VII Regional Multifunctional Resource Center)
1970-1972 University of Hawaii, Manoa
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Spencer, M. L., Inoue, Y., McField, G. (2007). Chapter 24. Achieving gender equity for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. In Sue Klein (Ed.), Handbook for achieving gender equity through Education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.
Spencer, M. L. (1996). The languages of Micronesia. In F. Mugler & J. Lynch (Eds.), Pacific languages in education. Suva, Fiji: University of the South Pacific.
Spencer, M. L. (1995). Language, knowledge, and development: The Micronesian way. In J. Morrison, P. Geraghty, L. Crowl (Eds.), Science of Pacific Island Peoples: Education, Language, Patterns & Policy. Suva, Fiji: Institute of Pacific Studies.
Spencer, M. L. (1992). Literacy in Micronesia, ISLA Journal of Micronesian Studies, Volume 1, Number 2, 289 – 328.
Spencer, M. L., Palomo, R., with Vela, N. (1987). Studies in Chamorro and English oral language proficiency with Chamorro children in Guam. In M. L. Spencer (Ed.), Chamorro language issues and research on Guam. Mangilao, Guam: University of Guam.
Ulibarri, D. M., Spencer, M. L., & Rivas, G. A. (1981). Language proficiency and academic achievement: A study of language proficiency tests and their relationship to school ratings as predictors of academic achievement. Journal of the National Association for Bilingual Education, V, 47-80.
Selected Examples of Grant Activity
Campus Suicide Prevention Grant, U.S. Department of Health & $225,000
Human Services, SAMHSA, grant author, Year 1 Director. 2005-2008
Håtsa Teacher Improvement MOU II, Secondary Education & $75,000
English Teacher Preparation,funded by U.S. Department of Education 2007-2009
via CEDDERS UOG, MOU author and administrator.
Håtsa Teacher Improvement MOU I, Secondary Education & $35,000
English Teacher Preparation,funded by U.S. Department of Education 2006-2007
via CEDDERS UOG, MOU author and administrator.
Teacher Quality-Student Writing, Assessment Training and $41,000
Instrument Development, Federated States of Micronesia, National 2003-2004
Department of Health Education and Social Affairs, contract author,
trainer and administrator.
Palau Adult Literacy Study, Palau Ministry of Education, contract $36,000
author, researcher, and administrator. 1997-1998
Bilingual Education Program Development & Implementation Project, $470,388
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Bilingual Education and Minority 1996-1999
Language Affairs, a collaborative program with Guam GW High School,
College Entry Framework for FSM Students. FSM National Department $24,500
of Education. Coordinator. Team: A. Schurle, D. Robertson, C. Swanson, 1996-2000
Baseline Study of Palauan Residency on Guam. U.S. Department of Interior $45,000
and Guam Bureau of Planning. Coordinator. 1994-1996
PohnpeiState, Educators’ Enrichment Training in Writing, Math, and Science. $60,000
Family Literacy Project, U.S. Department of Education, serving $477,000
the Chamorro, Chuukese, and Palauan communities of Guam. 1992-1995
Member of proposal team with Ginlin Woo and Viviana Aguilar.
Grant oversight. Project Director: Arlene Salas Diaz. Project Team:
Canisius Filibert, Zander Refilong.
Evaluation of Belau Transitional and Special Alternative Bilingualc.$150,000
Education Programs. Assessment of English oral language, English 1990-2005
reading, English writing, Palauan reading, Palauan writing on both
a pretest and posttest basis with all grade 7-12 Palauan students in
11 schools. Systematic behavioral observation coding in all schools.
Principal Investigator, field work team coordinator.
FSM National Education Department, National Standardized Tests,$80,000
Grades 6, 8, and 10 Math and Language Arts Tests; Grade 8 and 10 Science;1991-2003
Grade 3 Math. Co-coordinators: H. Whippy; A. Schurle; C. Lobban;
Guam Department of Education, Native Language Proficiency Test$97,977
Development in Lagoon Chuukese, Palauan, Pohnpeian, and Tagalog1992
Co-Principal Investigator with Paulette Coulter. Other team members 1998-2000
include: Kimeuo Kimiuo, Debbie Tkel, Ewalt Joseph, Alvios William,
Rosita Galang, Luz Beck. Art work by David & Usita and Rolando Miranda.
Training and technical assistance to DOE assessors in each language.
Needs Assessment of Newcomers to Guam from FSM and RMI. $85,000
Principal Investigator with four Sub-study Directors: Kyle Smith, 1992
Alvios William, Paulette Coulter, and Seyda Turk Smith. U.S. DOI.
Recent Extramural Contractual Activity
Regional Assessment Specialist. GSEG-PAC 6 Alternative Assessment Grants, Center for Developmental Disability Education, Research & Service (CEDDERS), University of Guam, in partnership with the public school systems of American Samoa, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Commonwealth
of the Northern Marianas Islands, and the Republic of Palau, 2006-2010.Major Research, Training, and Administrative Positions Prior to the University of Guam
Cross Cultural Resource Center, California State University, Sacramento, CA, 1982-83; 1984; Bilingual Education Specialist and Trainer (part-time)
Americas Behavioral Research Corporation, San Francisco, CA, 1975-1984, Director of Research
Pacific Consultants, Berkeley, CA, 1973-1975, Educational and Psychological Researcher
Los Lunas State Hospital and Training School for the Retarded, Los Lunas, New Mexico, 1965-1967, Psychological Counselor and Assessor