Faculty and Administration
Despite being advised that his disability would prevent him from obtaining a teaching position and encouraged to pursue a career in research, Dr. Yuker applied for a position as a psychology lecturer at Hofstra in 1948. He was hired, and began a long, successful academic career at Hofstra. As he explained, "Sure I was interested in research, but the trouble was that I really loved teaching." Discussing his teaching experiences, Dr. Yuker explained, "Students were aware of my disability on the first day of classes, but by the fourth day they were forming their own opinions of my teaching disregarding the fact that I was disabled."
Dr. Yuker became a full professor of psychology in 1964. During his time at Hofstra he taught over 25 different undergraduate and graduate courses and worked extensively with students on research and dissertations. He established and directed three centers at the University, and served as the director of the Graduate Program in Psychology.
In 1965, he became the Director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education, where he developed a research program to study the different aspects of higher education. After serving as Associate and Interim Provost, he was named Provost and Dean of Faculties in 1973. He served as Provost until 1982, when he founded the Center for the Study of Attitudes Toward People with Disabilities. He served as the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence from 1990-1991.