University at Albany
 

O'Leary Professors


Charles M. Schaninger

Charles M. Schaninger, now emeriti, was Vincent O’Leary Professor of and ex-Chair of Marketing at the School of Business, University at Albany, State University of New York. He received his A.B. in economics and in psychology from Cornell University in 1969, and his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Rochester in 1975. He has been at the University of Albany since 1981 after serving on the faculties of the University of Kansas, University of Ottawa, and University of Massachusetts. His first ten years here, he taught exclusively in the MBA program for marketing majors, covering marketing research, marketing strategy, and applied field projects in marketing research. Since then, he primarily taught consumer behavior, and developed and taught integrated marketing communications for our undergraduate marketing majors. He served several years as associate editor of Buyer Behavior for the Journal of Business Research, for which he received the outstanding editor award, and has served on its editorial board for over 20 years, and that of the Journal of Consumer Research for over 15 years. He has also served as an ad-hoc reviewer for over a dozen leading journals as well as national conferences. He is the author of over fifty refereed articles, has won several research awards, and is listed in a number of Marquis Who’s-Who’s. His work has appeared in the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Journal of Macromarketing, California Management Review, Psychology and Marketing, Review of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Behaviour, Advances in Consumer Research, the Academy of Marketing Science Review, Current Issues and Research in Advertising, as well as several book chapters and articles reprinted in readings books. He has had several refereed journal articles since his retirement and two papers at national conferences. He also stepped in again as consulting co-editor of Journal of Business Research in the spring of 2013. His research has focused on the family; changing values and demographics, socio-cultural consumption influences; changing gender role norms, values and demographics; social class; sub-culture; wives’ and dual spouse work involvement; traditional and non-traditional household life cycles; parenting’s influence on negative peer influence and teenage smoking and alcohol use and its public policy and social marketing implications. It has also focused on applied segmentation issues, and on geo-demographics and grocery category management. Recent work also examined how major purchase acquisitions vary interactively and dynamically with life events, social class, and age cohorts. In addition to his academic publications, he has published articles on the history and early breeding of Labrador Retrievers. He is married, and has a daughter who is a biogenetic engineer in a biotech start-up, specializing in Bioinformatics. As hobbies, he trains Labrador Retrievers for fieldwork, has a cabin in the northern Maine wilderness, on the upper Saint John River and Allagash region, where he is well known, and goes white water canoeing, and trout and muskie fishing, and has a cottage on the ocean in Down-East Maine where he partakes of salt-water fishing and island hopping.

Edna Acosta-Belen
Edna Acosta-Belen
Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies
Dr. Acosta-Belén is a Distinguished Professor of Latin American, Caribbean Studies, and U.S. Latino Studies, and Women's Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY) where she also serves as Director of the Center for Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies (CELAC). Her areas of research include Puerto Rican, Hispanic Caribbean, and U.S. Latino cultural studies; literary, cultural, and social history;
and postcolonial and women's studies.
Jagdish Gangolly
Jagdish Gangolly
Informatics
Jagdish S. Gangolly was Associate Professor of Informatics and the Director of the PhD Program in Information Science in Department of Informatics, College of Computing & Information. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Accounting and of Management Science & Information Systems, and Chair of the Department of Accounting & Law during 2005-8 in the School of Business at the State University of New York at Albany. He was also an affilliate and advisor at the Institute for Informatics, Logic & Security Studies at SUNY Albany. He was an Interim Director of the New York State Center for Information Forensics & Assurance (CIFA) during 2003-5.
Akira Inomata
Physics
Born in Japan. PhD: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). U-Albany physics faculty since 1967. Visiting professor: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Munich, and others. Adjunct professor: RPI. Fulbright exchange fellowship. German Academic Exchange fellowship. U-Albany President Award for Excellence in graduate teaching. Supervision of about 20 MS and PhD theses. Co-author of a book, “Path Integrals and Coherent States of SU(2) and S(1,2).” Co-editor of four books including “Fundamental Questions in Quantum Mechanics.” Invited editor for five special issues of two physics journals. 120 scientific publications. A founding member and an advisory committee member of the international conferences on path integrals in physics since 1983. Currently I am studying the origin of physical time.
John Kimball
John Kimball
Physics
My most recent publication is the book "Physics of Sailing" CRC Press Taylor and Francis group, Boca Raton, FL, 2010. In the "old days" I did research on statistical physics, QED and channeling in solids, and condensed matter physics. This work is over. Plans for the future are uncertain. The possibility of a book on basic ideas in physics is under consideration.
Judith Langer
Judith Langer
Educational Theory & Practice
Judith A. Langer, internationally known scholar in literacy learning, is founder of the Albany Institute for Research in Education and director of the Center on English Learning and Achievement. Her research focuses on the literate mind: on how people become highly literate, on how they use reading and writing to learn, and on what teachers and schools can do to facilitate effective learning, particularly in urban and low-performing schools. Her major works examine the nature of literate thought - the knowledge students use when they "make sense" and the ways in which their learning is affected by activities and interactions in the classroom. She has studied reading and writing development, ways in which understanding grows over time, how particular literacy contexts affect language and thought, the contribution of literature to literacy, literacy instruction within the core academic disciplines. Her groundbreaking work formed the theoretical framework underlying many national and state as well as international assessments and has been incorporated into many reading and writing standards, curricula, and materials. The Annenberg Foundation has developed three separate 8-hour television series based on Langer's research on literature. Langer is the author of numerous research articles, chapters and monographs, and has written twelve books.
Robert McMorris
Educational & Counseling Psychology
 
Terrence Maxwell
Information Science
 
Robert Nakamura
Political Science
 
Anita Pomerantz
Anita Pomerantz
Communication
Anita Pomerantz is an O'Leary Professor in the Department of Communication. Using audio and videotapes of interaction, she analyzes the principles relied upon and the methods used for agreeing and disagreeing, seeking information, and negotiating responsibility for blameworthy and praiseworthy deeds. She studies provider-patient roles, patients= methods for actualizing their agendas, and the work of supervising physicians in ambulatory clinics. She has served as Chair of the Language and Social Interaction Division of the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association and currently serves on a number of editorial boards of language-oriented journals.
William Roth
Social Welfare

William Roth, formerly Associate Professor at the University at Albany School of Social Welfare, is UAlbany's first Vincent O'Leary Professor. He has taught courses in Public and Social Policy and Disability Studies.

Dr. Roth is one of the founders of America's disability rights movement. Roth's work over the years addresses the architectural, transportation, and technological barriers in the United States. He has authored or coauthored several landmark studies including "The Unexpected Minority: Handicapped Children in America" and The Grand Illusion: Stigma, Role Expectations, and Communication." These are widely acknowledged as providing the analytical basis for the disability rights movement as well as fostering a new academic discipline, Disability Studies. Roth's work emphasizes the movement's core vision: the most socially incapacitating aspects of disability are not the inescapable consequence of biology but the result of countless social decisions that do not acknowledge the needs of people with different bodies and, indeed, discriminate against people whose bodies are different.

Dr. Roth pioneered the use of computer technology for people with disabilities and in 1984 founded the Center for Computing and Disability at the University at Albany, one of the first such centers in the nation. His 1992 Personal Computers for People with Disabilities provided a state of the art guide. Roth's recent work has focused on exposing the neo-liberal dismantling of the U.S. welfare state and includes his (2002) The Assault on Social Policy and his co-edited work Globalization, Social Justice and the Helping Profession. He has published his memoirs, Movement: A Memoir of Disability, Cancer, and the Holocaust.

Dr. Roth received his M.A. in Political Science (1965) and his Ph.D. (1970) from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Roth lives in Albany, New York. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of six books and numerous articles and book chapters. He is married and has one child.

Charles M. Schaninger
Marketing 
 
David Shub
David Shub
Biological Sciences
 
Lawrence Snyder
Chemistry
 
Ivan Steen
Ivan Steen
History

Ivan D. Steen joined the faculty of the University at Albany's Department of History in 1965. He has served as Director of the Program in Public History since its inception in 1983. That program is among the oldest and most respected public history programs in the United States. In 1982 he established the Oral History Program, which he continues to direct. He also serves as Co-director of the Center for Applied Historical Research. Dr. Steen's principal scholarly field is American urban history, and he is the author of Urbanizing America: the Development of Cities in the United States, from the first European Settlements to 1920 (Melbourne, FL: Krieger Publishing Co., 2006), as well as twenty-one articles and essays. He has presented research papers and served as a panelist and commentator at numerous scholarly conferences, as well as having delivered public lectures and conducted oral history workshops. A frequent consultant and manuscript reviewer, he also has served as a board member of several local historical organizations. For his service to the public history community of the state, he has received the Hugh Hastings Award of the Association of Public Historians of New York State.

Howard Stratton
Epidemiology & Biostatistics
 
Jogindar Uppal
Jogindar Uppal Economics
Professor of Economics and Afrcana Studies. Has been teaching at SUNY Albany for the last 44 years. Has published extensivelyl in the fields of Economic Developmet in Asia and Africa. He also won Chancellor's excellence in teaching award
Donald Wilken
Mathematics & Statistics
 
Gary Yukl
Gary Yukl
Management
Professor Yukl received his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1967. At UAlbany he has been a professor of management, a chairperson of the Management Department, and a director of the Organizational Studies Doctoral Program. His primary research interests include leadership, power and influence, and management development. Dr. Yukl has published many articles in professional journals and has received several awards for his research and two career achievement awards: 2007 Walter Ulmer Applied Research Award from the Center for Creative Leadership; 2011 Eminent Leadership Scholar Award from the Academy of Management. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Leadership in Organizations, 7th edition (Prentice-Hall, 2010), which is widely used around the world and has been translated into seven other languages. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and the Academy of Management. Professor Yukl has consulted with a wide variety of business and public-sector organizations. Most of this work involved incentive and motivational issues or training programs in leadership and managerial skills. His leadership development programs were used with thousands of managers in many large and small companies for more than two decades.