The Hofstra community is saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. William Metlay, professor emeritus of psychology and former director of the PhD program in Applied Organizational Psychology. He was instrumental in setting up Hofstra’s MA program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, as well as the doctoral program in Applied Organizational Psychology.
After receiving his PhD from Lehigh University in 1967, Dr. Metlay joined Hofstra’s Psychology Department as an assistant professor and as director of their master’s program in general psychology. In 1972 he founded Hofstra’s Doctoral Program in Applied Research and Evaluation in Psychology, one of the first doctoral programs to emphasize evaluation methodology. From 1981 to 1983 he wrote a series of papers that established the connection between evaluation and management, and this marked the introduction of industrial/organizational psychology as a component of the Applied Research Program.
Dr. Metlay’s research in the application of psychology to organizational issues is documented in over 100 papers, which have been presented at national conferences such as the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and have been published in such refereed journals as the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Group and Organization Studies, and Public Administration Quarterly. He conducted research and consulted for public and private organizations in the areas of customer satisfaction, work group productivity, and training effectiveness. The organizations that he consulted for include AT&T, American Management Association, Avon, BBD&O, Case Corporation, PepsiCo, Pfizer, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and Yale Medical School.
A memorial service will be held next Sunday, December 8, 2019, at 3 p.m. at Gutterman’s Funeral Home, located at 8000 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury. For more information, including time and location for paying a Shiva call, please contact Professor Comila Shahani-Denning at Comila.Shahani-denning@Hofstra.edu.