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Dr. Samuel Hoff

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Education Ph.D. in political science, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1987 Dissertation Title: “Presidential Support in the Veto Process, 1889-1985"   M.A. in political science, Stony Brook, 1983   M.A. in political science, American University (DC), 1981   B.A. in political science, Susquehanna University (PA), 1979   Diploma, Williamsport Area High School (PA), 1975   Click here for a link to Dr. Hoff's current C.V.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Dr. Susan West

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Dr. West completed her Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Chicago in 2005. Her research interests are wide ranging, including Ancient Greek philosophy, existentialism, Nietzsche and psychoanalysis. Dr. West’s teaching interests are reflective of her diverse research interest, with courses taught in History of modern philosophy, history of ancient philosophy and critical thinking.   Click here for a link to Dr. West's C.V.   Contact Information: EH 218 302-857-7322 swest@desu.edu  

Dr. Niklas Robinson

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    Dr. Robinson earned his PhD from Tulane University with a research focus on modern Latin American environmental history. His forthcoming book focuses on water and energy management policies in southeastern Mexico. His teaching interests include politics, the environment and the Atlantic World.   Contact Information: ETV 208 302-857-6629 nirobinson@desu.edu.     

Dr. Alexa Cawley

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    Dr. Cawley earned her PhD in history from American University, focusing on the colonial history of the Chesapeake region. She focuses on local history and helps area historical societies to develop strategic plans to both preserve local history and educate the public. She has published numerous articles concerning local history.   Contact Information: ETV 206 302-857-7954 acawley@desu.edu.     

Dr. Stephen Taylor

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Dr. Taylor earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at Bryn Mawr College. His research and teaching interests include: John Stuart Mill, Normative Ethical Theory, Political Theory, Bioethics, Medical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, and Business Ethics. In addition to numerous published articles on: bioethics, (a number of topics on) medical ethics, and ethical theory, Dr. Taylor serves as the ethicist on a variety of committees throughout the state of Delaware, including (but not limited to): Bayhealth Medical Center’s Ethics Committee; Delaware Hospice’s Ethics Committee; and the Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health’s Newborn Screening/Specialty Formula Fund Committee, and their Genetics Advisory Committee. In addition to his faculty responsibilities, Dr. Taylor serves as the Director of The Ethics Resource Site (http://www.desu.edu/ethics-resource-site) at Delaware State University, and serves as the ethicist on a number and variety of programs and projects funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Click here for Dr. Taylor's C.V.   Contact Information: EH 225 302-857-6634 staylor@desu.edu

Dr. Yinghong Cheng

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Dr. Cheng received his Ph.D. in history from Northeastern University in 2001. His teaching and research interest focus on comparative global political history. In addition to being awarded numerous fellowships and grants, Dr. Cheng’s monograph Creating the New Man, has recently been published by the University of Hawaii Press.   Contact Information: ETV, room 201 302-857-6624 ycheng@desu.edu.  

Dr. Steven Newton

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Dr. Newton earned his Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary, specializing in military history. His extant publishing record includes monographs on the Civil War and World War II. Dr. Newton also serves as associate chair of the North and South Magazine, worked as the President of Delaware State’s AAUP chapter from Fall 2007 though Spring 2009. Contact information: ETV 207 302-857-6627 snewton@desu.edu    

Psychology

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  Introduction Most students who choose the psychology major at Delaware State hope to use their degree to make an impact in their communities. We’ve designed our Bachelor of Psychology program accordingly, creating opportunities for students to learn in the real world as well as in the classroom.   Our psychology degree students get a hands-on education by assisting on research projects, volunteering at counseling centers, and getting other types of direct experience. On the academic side, they complete an intensive survey of current theories in psychology, while developing professional skills such as writing and research design. Because Delaware State is an HBCU, the psychology major has a strong multicultural orientation, exploring how factors such as gender, race, culture, and language intersect with the discipline. Professional Preparation Students who earn their Bachelor of Psychology degree from Delaware State possess the academic background and practical experience to make an impact as researchers, scholars, and practitioners. The graduate with outstanding research, writing, and “people” skills — and therefore they compete very successfully for jobs and graduate school placements.   Many of our graduates go into community-oriented practice as social workers, family counselors, or specialists in substance abuse and crisis intervention. Others go into research, building upon the abilities they developed at Delaware State. Our psychology major prepares students for a variety of career paths. Faculty Psychology faculty and students form a close-knit community that emphasizes personal attention. Instructors go out of their way to help students achieve their educational and career goals. In addition to providing classroom instruction and academic support, they offer psychology majors the opportunity to get involved in research and make connections with professional practitioners and scholars. Our faculty have a long list of accomplishments and a large, diverse array of active research projects. Research and Experience All psychology degree students conduct a senior research project, and they have the opportunity to gain practical experience on a research project or in an applied setting (such as a mental health clinic or social work practice). In addition, the psychology department has partnership agreements with the social work and nursing departments, broadening our students’ opportunities to gain practical experience and direct observation.   Many of the Psychology Faculty are actively engaged in their own research programs and are delighted to mentor students in the research process.  

Political Science

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  Introduction Delaware State University’s political science department is ideally suited to the current era of political change — one marked by the first multiracial U.S. president. Our poli sci program offers a multicultural perspective that emphasizes ethnic / racial diversity and cultural convergence. Our courses and faculty share a strong global orientation, enabling students to gain an understanding of politics on all five continents.   We also take a multidisciplinary approach to political science, integrating it with material drawn from philosophy, law, economics, sociology, history, and other disciplines. The result is a political science degree of extraordinary academic breadth and richness. Multicultural and multidisciplinary, it is truly a liberal arts education for the 21st century.   Political science majors can choose to minor in Black Studies, Law Studies, or Philosophy. Professional Preparation Graduates from the political science program enter the job market with a set of adaptable, marketable skills. They are proficient writers, excellent critical thinkers, and outstanding researchers. Through their studies, they develop an ability to synthesize multiple perspectives and insights into a single, balanced point of view.   The degree offers excellent preparation for graduate school in political science or a related discipline, as well as advanced degrees in law, business, journalism, or education. Graduates may go directly into the work force in education, or any type of career that involves writing or research. Faculty The political science department has a young and dynamic faculty. Instructors come from a diverse set of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and they have a broad range of research and publishing interests. The department is small and intimate, which means students have a lot of direct interaction with professors and receive much guidance and encouragement. Research and Experience The political science department is in the process of developing a study-abroad program that will enable students to gain credit while taking courses overseas. In addition, the department sponsors a lecture series and hosts numerous visiting professors with varying areas of expertise.  

History

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    Introduction The history major at Delaware State offers a liberal arts education for the 21st century — multicultural and multidisciplinary.   Compared to most universities’ history programs, ours is more tightly integrated with other liberal arts subjects, such as philosophy, political science, economics, and sociology. Courses and material from all these disciplines reinforce each other, yielding a history degree of extraordinary academic breadth and richness.   Second, the history department at Delaware State emphasizes cultural and racial diversity. Students gain a broad range of perspectives — not merely “mainstream” interpretations but also history as told by (and about) women, slaves, immigrants, and ethnic and cultural minorities. No matter which area of concentration students choose (United States, European, African American, or World History), they get a well-rounded education that covers many perspectives.   History majors can choose to minor in Black Studies, Law Studies, or Philosophy. Professional Preparation Graduates from the history program enter the job market with a set of adaptable, marketable skills. They are proficient writers, excellent critical thinkers, and outstanding researchers. Through their studies, they develop an ability to synthesize multiple perspectives and insights into a single, balanced point of view.   The degree offers excellent preparation for graduate school in history or a related discipline, as well as advanced degrees in law, business, journalism, or education. Graduates may go directly into the work force in education, or any type of career that involves writing or research. Faculty The history department has a young and dynamic faculty. Instructors come from a diverse set of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and they have a broad range of research interests that include military history, Latin America, Africa, maritime history, Colonial U.S. history, and the U.S. presidency.   Because the history department is small and intimate, students have a lot of direct interaction with professors and receive much guidance and encouragement. Research and Experience The history department is in the process of developing a study-abroad program that will enable students to gain credit while taking courses overseas. In addition, the history department sponsors a lecture series and hosts numerous visiting professors with varying areas of expertise.   .  

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