Susan Gotsch

Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
(Affiliate, Department of Business Administration)

562.907.4200 ext. 4292

Academic History

B.A., Valparaiso University
M.A., East Stroudsburg University
M.A., Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College

Academic Focus

  • Social Inequality
  • Women and U.S. Politics
  • Higher Education
  • Arts/Humanities and Management

Professor Susan Gotsch was Whittier's vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty from 2003 to 2009. During that time, she was involved in projects that include the development of a new Liberal Education Program with clear learning outcomes, successful grant writing to support technology in the classroom, several Title V projects (for HSIs), science programs and science space, and global learning initiatives. Her proudest accomplishment was working with faculty to achieve a more diverse faculty and curriculum. She began her teaching career at Tuskegee Institute, later serving as dean at Arcadia University and Hartwick College.


"Ideology and Welfare Reform under the Reagan Administration," a chapter in Poverty and Social Welfare in the U.S.: Current Research Perspectives

"Correlates of Poverty: An Analysis of Demographic, Structural, and Individual Factors Related to Poverty in Black-Belt Counties of Alabama," in the Review of Black Political Economy

"Rural Development, Women's Roles and Fertility in Latin America." In Rural Development, Women's Roles and Fertility in Developing Countries: Review of the Literature. Agency for International Development, Office of Rural Development and Development Administration


"The Equity Scorecard: Closing the Achievement Gap for Underrepresented Students," presented at the Council of Independent College’s annual meeting for chief academic officers

"Recruiting and Retaining Faculty for the 21st Century," presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities