Spring Arbor University

John W. Hawthorne

Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Global Studies, and Criminal Justice

John Hawthorne

Contact Info

Email: john.hawthorne@arbor.edu
Phone: (517) 750-6325
Office Location: Poling Center


Professor of Sociology

John W. Hawthorne is professor of sociology and  former chair of the Social Science Division. He has devoted his career to Christian higher education, serving as classroom teacher and administrator. He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in sociology at Purdue University, specializing in the sociology of religion and social psychology. His time as an academic administrator gave birth to study in the nature of Christian higher education and the emerging shape of learning and teaching. John joined the Spring Arbor community in 2011.

John is the author of A First Step into a Much Larger World: The Christian University and Beyond, written to introduce freshmen to the exciting world of Christian higher education. In addition, he continues to explore the changing nature of evangelicalism in America, especially among the millennial generation. He regularly posts to his personal blog at http://www.johnwhawthorne.com.

John and his wife, Jeralynne (who also teaches at SAU), have two married adult children and one remarkable grand daughter. His personal interests include reading, biking, and walking Elton the dog whenever he demands. He is an unrepentant political junkie.