John Mayer, Ph.D.
John Mayer is an Associate Professor of Samoan and Samoan Program Coordinator. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer and Trainer in Samoa from 1970-1976, and founded the Samoan language program at the University of Hawaii in 1976. He teaches introductory through advanced Samoan language courses and is a graduate faculty in Pacific Islands Studies. He is a founding member and Adult Class Instructor of Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center in Honolulu. He has an MA in ESL and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Hawai’i and holds two chiefly titles – Fepulea’i from Savai’i and Lāsei from Manono. He is married to Tusitala Feagaiga Toomata-Mayer of Onenoa, American Samoa. They have two sons, Jacob and John Jr.