Education & Social Sciences

College of Education and Social Sciences.

Jared Friesen

J. Jared Friesen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology
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Jared Friesen's CV

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2018 
M.A., Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 2002
B.A., Psychology, Huntington University, Huntington, IN, 1998

I grew up in Northeast Indiana and I am excited to be able to call this region home again. I was drawn to teaching at Manchester University because of its mission and values challenging students to live “compassionate lives that improve the human condition.”

Prior to returning to graduate school to pursue a doctorate in sociology I worked for 13 years in student development including residence life, new student orientation, and campus diversity. While most of this work was at three other liberal arts colleges, I also spent three years living with my family and working as the director of an environmental study abroad program for college students in Belize, Central America.

My current research interest is the intersection of rural sociology and education. I am also broadly interested in community development, environmental and social justice, and the social aspects of food production and consumption.

Outside of my work on campus I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, bird-watching, and attending sporting events. 

I came to Manchester as a visiting faculty member in the fall of 2016.

Jared teaches:
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC/SOWK 222 Social Research Methods
SOC 275 Practicum in Sociology
SOC 240 Sociological Theory
SOC 305 Self and Society
SOC 333 Sexuality and Gender in Society
SOC 345 Class, Status, and Power
SOC 347 Sociology of Religion
SOC 440 Senior Seminar (sociology majors)