The Lindberg Lecture by John Mayer

Monday, October 18, 2021 - 3:40pm to 5:00pm

Hamilton Smith Hall 210


Join the College of Liberal Arts for the Lindberg Lecture, “People-Centered Intelligences: What they are and their Use in the Liberal Arts," by John Mayer, professor of psychology. Mayer is the recipient of the 2021 Lindberg Award, given annually to an outstanding teacher and scholar in the College of Liberal Arts.

The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m. in Hamilton Smith 210 and is preceded by a reception with light refreshments at 3:40 p.m. on the Hamilton Smith patio (near Hood House) with rain location in the Hamilton Smith atrium. All are welcome. A Zoom option is available -- contact cola@unh.edu for the link.

Professor Mayer, who joined the UNH faculty in 1989, is a luminary in the field of personality psychology. He is widely considered (along with his collaborator Peter Salovey) to be the father of the field of emotional intelligence, and his groundbreaking work on the topic has earned him international acclaim. His original ideas gave rise to a cottage industry of research on emotional intelligence, both theoretical and applied, and the term he coined has become part of the popular vernacular. Professor Mayer and his colleagues developed the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT), a widely used test that measures emotional intelligence that has now been shown to predict critical outcomes across many life domains. In more recent years, Professor Mayer has developed the construct of Personal Intelligence. This is an entirely novel construct and Professor Mayer has developed and refined the Test of Personal Intelligence (TOPI), which he has shown to be reliable and valid using large populations.

Consistent with his wide-ranging impact, Professor Mayer is a prolific and award-winning researcher. He has published five authored (or co-authored) books, including a foundational textbook in personality psychology, three additional edited volumes, scores of chapters and more than 125 peer-reviewed articles. Among his awards, Professor Mayer has won the Excellence in Research Award from UNH, several Research Excellence Awards from the Mensa Education and Research Foundation, and has been elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Society.

Professor Mayer’s work as a mentor and teacher is no less impressive. At the graduate level, he has mentored 17 students working toward masters and/or doctoral degrees, several of whom have gone on to careers in academia. His success in mentoring is reflected in the fact that six of the 20 papers Professor Mayer has published in the last five years included graduate students as co-authors. His undergraduate courses are first-rate. Students consistently note they are impressed by his mastery of the material as well as his engagement, eloquence and joviality.

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