New Faculty for 1995-96

Wilfred Trammell Neill III - Psychology

Wilfred Trammell Neill III, the newest addition to the Department of Psychology, says his main job as teacher - and most satisfying - is "getting students to think about something they never thought about before." Neillîs research focus should facilitate his aims.

Coming to Albany from Adelphi Uni-versity, where he taught psychology for the past nine years, Neillîs chief research interest is the inhibitory processes in attention, and in addition he has done work in many other areas of attention.

Although his specialty lies within the field of cognitive psychology, Neill has also worked on a fairly wide range of cognitive areas, including memory and perception.

Citing his reasons for coming to Albany, Neill said, "largely because the University provides strong support for research and because the psychology department here is very strong."

Among the courses that Neill will be teaching are undergraduate statistics in psychology and information processing and, at the graduate level, perception.

Neill received his masters and Ph.D. degrees in cognitive psychology from the University of Oregon in 1975 and 1977. He has been teaching for 18 years, the first nine at the University of South Florida. In addition, he has published roughly two dozen research papers in the field. He is also affiliated with several distinguished psychological associations, including the American Psychological Society.

Hayward Horton - Sociology

Hayward Horton, new assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, believes it is "negligent to have knowledge and not use it to better your community and society." Horton, a sociologist whose specialty is the race, ethnicity, demography and rule of sociology, has geared much of his research toward the rebuilding of the black community, including developing the first and only sociological model of community development. He is currently co-authoring a book expanding on this model.

Horton was eager to continue his work at the University. "This is one of the top sociology departments in the country, and I welcomed the opportunity to be part of it," he said. He said he has found a group of scholars here who conduct research similar to his own. "It's an atmosphere where I can continue to grow," he said.

Horton was on the faculty at Iowa State University the last six years. His re-search topics have included the difference between blacks and whites in the areas of home ownership and family income. He has also studied black entrepreneurship from a demographic perspective.

His current undergraduate course is on minority groups, and in the future he will instruct on demography, race, ethnicity and, on the graduate level, demography.

Horton received his masters degree in 1981 and Ph.D. in 1985 from Penn State University. He has published in more than 20 publications and was most recently an executive officer of the Association of Black Sociologists

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