The faculty, administrative staff, students and alumni are life-long learners who blend faith with learning in service to the world. They promote justice, cross-cultural boundaries, and demonstrate mature intellect and discernment in leadership. Faculty and alumni work closely to mentor and connect students with internship, research and employment opportunities. 

Clay polson
Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Sociology:

Edward C. Polson, Ph.D.
Dr jenell paris
Professor of Anthropology:
Jenell Paris, Ph.D.
Dr. Kathryn Whiteley
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice:
Kathryn Whiteley, Ph.D
Donna zack
Department Administrative Assistant:
Donna Zack

Partner Departments 

Director of Sustainability Studies (Community and Urban Development) Craig Dalen

Coordinator of Peace and Conflict Studies George Pickens, PhD

Adjunct Instructors 

Jenni Allen 
Ronald Burwell, PhD
Douglas Durnin 
Donald Heffner
Krista Hoffman 

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Faculty Distinctives

  • 100% of our faculty are members in good standing with national professional organizations including the American Sociological Association, the American Anthropological Association, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • 100% of our faculty have earned Ph.D.s from quality graduate programs including Baylor University, American University and Queensland University. They publish, speak and consult at the national level, using their expertise to strengthen both the church and society.
  • 100% of our faculty are committed Christians, actively serving their families, churches and communities. They strive to model both professional excellence and healthy work-life balance. They are also active members of Christian scholarly organizations including the Network of Christian Anthropologists and the Association of Christians Teaching Sociology.