Dr. Robert Casier
Annual Faculty Lecturer 1979-1980
A native of Santa Barbara, Robert Casier was graduated from Santa Barbara High School as the outstanding male student of his class in 1944. He holds bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a master's degree from San Francisco State University. His doctoral dissertation, "The Senate Filibuster," won the annual award as the best work of scholarship by the Western Political Science Association.
Dr. Casier taught briefly at Santa Barbara High School before coming to Santa Barbara City College in 1955. In addition to teaching at City College he lectured in political science at UCSB, 1959-74. At City College, he served as President of the Instructors Association, member of the Academic Senate's Representative Council, Dean of Instruction, as well as Chairman of the Social Science Division and Political Science Department.
Extensive travel abroad has given Professor Casier an opportunity to observe, first hand, numerous foreign political institutions and international organizations. He has lived in Western Europe and traveled in Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, the Middle East, North Africa and Mexico.
Sports have been an abiding interest of Bob Casier since his youth. Earlier in his career he served as Director of Youth Leagues for the Santa Barbara Recreation Department and was a high school basketball coach. As an undergraduate, he minored in physical education and played on the UCSB intercollegiate basketball and volleyball teams. More recently, he has become an avid tennis player and fan.
The speaker married Shirlie Lerner in 1949 and they have three sons-Craig, Rodger and Bryan. Mrs. Casier is a reading teacher at Monte Vista Elementary School.