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Jonathan Hill, Department of Sociology
Dr. Jonathan Hill received his bachelor’s degree from Grove City College and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame (2008). He joined Calvin’s sociology department in 2009. He primarily teaches the introductory course, social theory, and the sociology capstone. In addition to his research on the religious lives of college students, Dr. Hill also has current projects exploring the social sources of beliefs about human origins, financial generosity and modes of cognition, and methodological innovations in the social scientific study of religion.


"Faith on Campus: Higher Education, Religion, and College Students’ Search for Meaning"

Lecture: Thursday, March 7, 2013,
4 p.m., CFAC Recital Hall
(refreshments will be served)
vimeo of the lecture

About the lecture: This lecture will report on some of the early findings from a new study, directed by Dr. Jonathan Hill and Dr. Perry Glanzer (Baylor University), which explores the influence of college type and student faith background on subsequent religious experience and change during college. The study uses an existing national survey as well as new face-to-face interviews with approximately one hundred college students at nine different institutions across the United States. The study also explores how religion and the various resources at colleges and universities both enable and constrain how students construct ideas about meaning and purpose in their own lives.

Other lectures in 2012-2013:

Emily Helder, Department of Psychology
"Outcomes in international adoption: addressing questions from multiple perspectives" - Tuesday, April 30, 2013