Susan Haworth-Hoeppner, Ph.D.

Susan Haworth-Hoeppner, Ph.D.
Sociology - Chairperson

(616) 632-2974

Office: AB24-A  
Professor Haworth-Hoeppner's Vita (pdf)

Susan Haworth-Hoeppner is Associate Professor of Sociology at Aquinas College. She received her doctorate in Sociology from Wayne State University in 1996 in Detroit. Her areas of specialization are gender studies, medical sociology, social psychology, and qualitative methods and she has taught in these areas for over 15 years. She currently teaches (SY201) Social Psychology, (SY312) Social Stratification, (SY305) Sociology of Gender, (SY311) Sociology of Women, and (WS100) Introduction to Women's Studies. Professor Haworth-Hoeppner's research interests include body image, eating disorders, and women and leadership. She has published articles in Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, Journal of Marriage and the Family, and Symbolic Interaction, among other scholarly journals, and she is currently working on a book on eating disorders. When not working on her book, she can be found digging in her garden in the summer.
Michael Cushion, Ph.D.

Michael Cushion, Ph.D.
(616) 632-2079

Office: AB 24-B  
Professor Cushion's Vita (pdf)

Michael Cushion is Associate Professor in Sociology, and joined the faculty of Aquinas in 1996.  He came to Aquinas from the State of Michigan, where he served as a caseworker and policy analyst in the Department of Social Services. Michael earned his doctoral degree in 1993. His academic specialties are conflict and social change, gender and the family. He is currently working on a project studying the sociology of food. He lives with his wife and daughter in Eagle, Michigan.
Michael Lorr

Michael J. Lorr, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology

Director of the Community Leadership Program
Office: AB 24C
Phone: 616-632-2433

Dr. Michael J. Lorr joined Aquinas College in 2014 as Director of the Community Leadership Program and Associate Professor of Sociology. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Florida State College, Jacksonville and prior to that a Lecturer of Sociology at DePaul University, Chicago. Before coming to Aquinas, Dr. Lorr worked with multiple community organizations addressing recidivism rates in ex-offenders, access to education, and food justice. He took his Ph.D. in Urban Studies from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and earned his M.A. and B.A. degrees in Sociology from DePaul University. Dr. Lorr is an urban, environmental, and cultural sociologist, who studies cities’ sustainable development attempts and the subcultures of punk rock and skateboarding. His two most recent articles were: “More than Just a Soundtrack: Toward a Technology of the Collective in Hardcore Punk” published in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography and “Defining Urban Sustainability in the Context of North American Cities” published in Nature & Culture. Also, as an alumnus of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Dr. Lorr enjoys mountaineering and other outdoor pursuits in his spare time.
Deborah Wickering, Ph.D.

Deborah Wickering, Ph.D.
(616) 632-2075

Office: AB2-4D

Dr. Wickering is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology. Her research among Bedouin women in the Sinai desert of Egypt led to her interests in gender, indigenous peoples, oral culture and tourism. Dr. Wickering joined the faculty of Aquinas College in 1999 and joined the Sociology department in 2005. Along with cultural anthropology, Dr. Wickering teaches courses in Women's Studies and she is currently completing a book on her experiences with the Bedouin.
Kathy S. Kremer, Ph.D.

Kathy S. Kremer, Ph.D.

Dean of Curriculum

Associate Professor of Sociology

(616) 632-2078

Office: AB 115
Professor Kremer's Vita (pdf)

Dr. Kremer is Dean of Curriculum in the Office of Academic Affairs at Aquinas College. She was previously Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology, and continues to teach the Capstone and Community Sociology courses and serves as Faculty Representative for Alpha Kappa Delta. Her previous academic positions were at Wartburg College in Waverly Iowa and the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development at Iowa State University. She holds a B.S. and M.S. from Minnesota State University-Mankato, a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology from Iowa State University, and worked in community organizations and community development from 1982-1997.


Dr. Kremer has many peer reviewed publications and papers, and has served on the boards of many local, state and national organizations. A Minnesota native, Dr. Kremer enjoys river kayaking, biking, and international travel.

Ron Yob

Ron Yob

Professor Yob has taught SY362 Indigenous Peoples of the Great Lakes in the Sociology Department each spring semester since 2009. This course has quickly become a student favorite, in part due to the many guest speakers from the Grand Rapids Indian community. Originally from Grand Rapids, Professor Yob is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, and Tribal Chair of the Grand River Band of Ottawa Indians. He also taught for more than 30 years in the Grand Rapids Public Schools, including the Native Alternative School. 

Visiting Professor-

Rachel Johansen

Adjunct Faculty-

Jason Otto