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Jeremy Norwood, J.D.

Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Department of Sociology, Global Studies, and Criminal Justice
Poling Center Third Floor
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Dr. Jeremy Norwood is currently an Associate Professor and serves as Chair of the Department of Sociology, Global Studies, and Criminal Justice. He has been on faculty at Spring Arbor since 2006 and routinely teaches Modern Social Problems, Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to International Development, Social Stratification, International Human Rights, as well as Careers in Sociology and Global Studies and Senior Seminar. In addition to his departmental responsibilities, Dr. Norwood also teaches a course on Christian Faith in the Contemporary World every semester and has led several January three-week cross-cultural trips to Cambodia. Among his proudest accomplishments was being awarded the 2013 Teaching Excellence Award by the graduating senior class.

From a professional standpoint, Dr. Norwood is extremely involved in the movement to address human trafficking in the Jackson area, as well as all over the State of Michigan. In addition to completing his doctoral dissertation on human trafficking indicators amongst migrant farmworker populations in Western Michigan, he has helped to train thousands of professionals from several fields (counselors, social workers, dental hygienists, public health officials, emergency room personnel, probation officers, among other groups) across the State per the requirements listed by the State of Michigan. Dr. Norwood has also helped edit an upcoming book on the history and effectiveness of one of the country’s strongest human trafficking coalitions in Central Florida, presented at numerous conferences and talks on the issue of human trafficking, and has collaborated with Spring Arbor University students to organize the Spring Arbor University Annual Conference on Human Trafficking , which takes place in mid-October every Fall Semester on Spring Arbor University’s main campus.

Dr. Norwood and his wife Amber currently reside in Spring Arbor with their four boys. Amber, a licensed clinical social worker, runs her own social work practice, Waves of Change, in Jackson and Hillsdale counties, and also serves as an Affiliate Faculty member in the School of Social Work at Spring Arbor University.


  • Ph.D.: (Sociology) Michigan State University, 2015
  • J.D.: Syracuse University, 2005