Geoffrey Maruyama '72

2005 Catherine Lealtad
Service to Society Award

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Professor Geoffrey Maruyama has devoted his career to improving the educational experience of all students through diversity and inclusiveness. A psychology major at Macalester, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in 1976, returning to the state as a faculty member in educational psychology at the University of Minnesota. There he directed CAREI, the University’s highly regarded Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement. Stepping in as interim director of research, evaluation and assessment, he guided the St. Paul Public Schools as they strove to better serve a changing population of students. Maruyama has held various administrative posts at the university, including assistant vice president for systems administration.

A longtime member of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Maruyama has served as its president, presiding over the organization’s move from Ann Arbor, Mich., to Washington, D.C., in order to better influence public policy. In 2003 SPSSI awarded him its Distinguished Service Award. Professor Jennifer Crocker of the University of Michigan said, "Geoff Maruyama provides an inspiration to all of us, showing us how it is possible to truly walk the SPSSI talk in our scholarship, our service, our teaching and our lives."

Committed to the most effective use of limited educational resources, Maruyama shares his extensive research through his many books, chapters and articles and in forums such as the Minnesota P-16 Education Partnership, which brings together nearly every education organization in the state. The doctoral students Maruyama has taught now serve in school districts and on faculties across Minnesota and at universities from Qatar to Hong Kong.