Carolyn Gross, MA

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Carolyn Gross


Carnegie 114

Degrees and Certifications

  • 1983: MA Sociology. State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, N.Y.
  • 1979: BA Sociology (Minor in Special Education). University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Md.
  • 2010: Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.
  • 2008: Certificate in Danger Assessment Training. Bedford Domestic Violence Coalition, Bedford, Va.

Experience and Background

  • 1998 – present – Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, Lynchburg College
  • 1995 – 1998 – Adjunct Instructor, Sociology Department, Central Virginia Community College
  • 1996 – 1997 – Adjunct Instructor, Sociology Department, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College
  • 1996 – 1998 – Caseworker, Domestic Violence Prevention Center. Counseled victims of domestic abuse. Facilitator of Women’s Support Group. Co-coordinator of client programs.

Classes Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • American Generations
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Minority Groups
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Social Problems
  • Senior Symposium
  • The Sociology of the Family
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Individual and Society
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies


My research on issues of domestic violence and race socialization continues to be a work in progress. I am also interested in problems of gender inequality and feminist theories. Researching why domestic violence continues to be one of the more serious and persistent social problems in the United States is a main academic focus for me. In order to relax from such serious problems, I pursue a variety of hobbies such as walking trails, reading novels, watching movies (i.e., thrillers and intrigue), line dancing, and participating in “lively” discussions.

Honors and Awards

  • Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society, Xi Chapter, 2002
  • Putting Him/Her Through, 2004, 2006

Recent Professional Activity

  • “I Took Back My Dignity: Surviving and Thriving After Incest” in African Americans Doing Feminism: Putting Theory into Everyday Practice edited by Aaronette M. White, PhD (2010).
  • “Addressing the Problem of School Violence: An Approach to Peace” co-authored by Ashraf Esmail in Youth Violence in American Schools: How Can It be Alleviated edited by Rose M. Dushon-Sells, Ashraf Esmail, and James Takona (2009).
  • “The Impact of Violence on the Lives of Children” co-authored by Ashraf Esmail in Youth Violence in American Schools: How Can It be Alleviated edited by Rose M. Dushon-Sells, Ashraf Esmail, and James Takona (2009).
  • “Mutual Battering” in the Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence edited by Nicky Ali Jackson (2007).