H. Hugh Floyd
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Geography and Sociology
240 Ingalls Hall

Born in Malvern, Ark., Hugh Floyd spent most of his life living in various cities in the south and mid-western United States. Before earning his Ph.D. in sociology, Floyd attended 24 different schools and universities. However, switching schools never hindered his passion to learn. His mother encouraged him to never be afraid of what he didn’t know and instilled in him a curiosity for explaining and understanding “things”. Dr. Floyd attributes his education career to his mother’s encouragement by word and deed.

After starting his academic career at the University of New Orleans in 1970 and chairing the sociology department there as full professor, he came to Samford in 1993 where he served as Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department until June, 2014. He currently teaches Sociology of Health, Sociology of Mental Disorder, Sociology of Children and Youth, Sociology of the Environment, Social Psychology and Senior Seminar. Floyd says teaching these classes offers him the opportunity to present evidence and ideas to help students’ link their subjective understanding of their lives with their location in society.  

His curiosity and search of the unknown regarding sociological issues and process remains a passion which he pursues with research.  Most recent research papers and publications have focused on impact of environment on health and children and youth health.   He has over 30 publications including journal articles book chapters and books. His passion for sociology is based on his commitment to academic knowledge and the hope that the evidence from that work might lead to a more just and compassionate world.

Family and outdoor activity are the focus of non-work related time including travel with his wife, sharing time with his adult children and the joy of grandparenthood.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.A., Ouachita University
  • Ph.D., The University of Georgia

Awards and Honors

  • Jennings B. Marshall Service Award, Samford University, Jan 2013
  • Faculty Development Grant to study the Fontana Dam Displacement impact on local residents and their families, Samford University 2007
  • SIM Vocation and Mission Grant, 2005
  • Faculty Development Research Grant, Office of Provost, 1993-1996
  • National Institute of Health Trainee, July 1969 to August 1970

Publications and Presentations

  • “Just Sustainability: The Role of Local Governments” with Christy F. Camp, International Journal of Education and Social Science Research, vol. 1, no. 5, 2018.
  • “Modernity and Anniston’s Transformation from Model City to Toxic Town” with M. Ryan Floyd, The Alabama Review, 69 (3), 217 – 250 July 2016.

  • “An Examination of Racial and Gender Differences in Styles of Bullying Among Adjudicated Youth” with Darlene R. Haff, Journal of Sociology and Social Work, 4 (1), June 2016.

  • “Fontana Lake: Broken Promises, Delayed Resolutions” Documentary Video - Producer and Director, 2018.


  • Alpha Kappa Delta International Honorary Sociological Society
  • American Association of University Professors
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Alabama Marriage and Family Therapy Association
  • American Board of Medical Psychotherapists
  • Mid-South Sociological Association
  • Phi Gamma Mu—International Honor Society in Social Science
  • Southern Sociological Society