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Faculty - Department of Sociology

Meet our faculty

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 Pennsylvania Sociological Society.
  • 100% of our faculty have earned Ph.D.s from quality graduate programs including American University and University of Warwick, UK. 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.


Malcolm Gold, Ph.D.
Malcolm Gold, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Sociology & Professor of Sociology

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Jenell Paris, Ph.D.
Jenell Paris, Ph.D.

Professor of Anthropology

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Beverly Pitcher-Johnson

Administrative Assistant

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Adjunct Faculty

Brandon Hoover, M.A.
Brandon Hoover, M.A.

Adjunct Instructor in Biological Sciences

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