University at Albany

Excellence in Teaching

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Two faculty members received this tribute in 2001 for Excellence in Teaching.

Hayward D. HortonHayward D. HortonSociology

Providing a safe learning atmosphere for his students is one of Professor Hayward D. Horton’s strengths in the Department of Sociology. The core of his teaching philosophy is mutual respect. He requires active participation in his classroom and wants all of his students to feel free to express their viewpoints, no matter how unorthodox they may be.

Professor Horton consistently receives instructor ratings above 4.0 on a 5.0 scale, and he often is rated above 4.5. One of the department’s most popular teachers, Professor Horton makes it a point to be at his best every day, no matter how he feels at the time. “Some days are better than others,” he states. “But I don’t worry about it because I was the best I could be that day.”

In the areas of demography and race and ethnicity, Professor Horton’s scholarship has been nationally recognized. He has published one book, eight book chapters, six book reviews and 18 journal articles. He is also the associate editor for Rural Sociology and Race and Society as well as the deputy editor for Sociology Forum. An active member in several professional societies, Professor Horton was the founder and organizer of the Population Interest Group at the 1999 Eastern Sociological Society. Last year, he was elected the chair-elect of the American Sociological Association’s section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities.

Professor Horton has a strong reputation as a mentor. He founded the undergraduate Sociology Club and served as its adviser in 1997–99. As director of undergraduate education within the Department of Sociology, Professor Horton organizes the advisement of both continuing and transferring students and oversees events such as the honors reception. His availability to his students is enhanced by the fact that he is a member of the University’s Faculty-in-Residence program.

Excellence in Teaching

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