Lionel Matthews

Lionel Matthews

Lionel Matthews

Title: Professor of Sociology
Office Location: 222 Buller Hall
Phone: (269) 471-3159


BSC in Sociology (University of Guyana)
MA in Counseling (Indiana State University)
PhD in Sociology (Wayne State University)


Joining the Department in 1996, Dr. Matthews' areas of expertise are family relations and gender roles. Dr. Matthews has presented at the Global Awareness Society International, the Association of Caribbean Studies, the American Sociological Association, and the National Council and Family Life Association meetings. He is published in several journals including the National Journal of Sociology, Journal of Caribbean Studies, and the Journal of Research on Christian Education. He has been involved with elementary and secondary institutions as both an educator and administrator, and served as Education Officer for the Government of Guyana.

Dr. Matthews currently teaches the following courses: Principles of Sociology, Marriage and Family, Race & Ethnic Relations, Sociology of Religion, Topics in Gender Roles, Contemporary Social Issues, and Community Leadership.

Current Research or Professional Activities

Matthews, Lionel.  Sociology: A Seventh-day Adventist Approach for Teachers and Students. Andrews University Press, Fall, 2006.

ARTICLES (past 5 years)

Gabriel, E., Hunte, C., & L. Matthews (2010). 'Culturally Relevent approaches to Classroom Management'. In TEACH Journal of Christian Education. Vol. 4(1)


Matthews, L., "factors Associated with Secual Abstinence among the Unmarried at a Conservative religious School:" A presentation of the association of Christians Teaching Sociology. Campbellsville University. June 7-10, 2007.

Williams, A. C., F. E. Greig, & L. N. Matthews. (2007). "Measuring Diversity Competencies Among College Students. "A Presentation at the 112th Annual Meeting of the North Central Association. April 20-April 24, 2007.

Matthews, L. "Factors Associated with Safe Sex Practice Among the Unmarried at a Conservative Christian University." A presentation at the Association of Christian Teachers of Sociology Annual Meeting. Lookout Mountain, GA. June, 2006.

Williams, A. C. & L. N. Matthews. (2004). "Cross-ethic Comfort: The experience of Private Religious University. Ap resentation at the 109th Annual Meeting of the North Central Association.

Matthews, L. "The Social Construction of Morality Reconsidered: A christian interactionist perspective." A presentation at a Joint Conference of the Assocations of Christians Teaching Sociology and the Christian Sociology Society. Indiana Wesleyan University. June 7-10, 2001.

McBride, D. C., H. W. Helm, Jr., & L. Matthews. "The Development of an Interdisciplinary Tesxtbook for Social Issues." A rountable discussion presented at the ASA Convention. Chicago, August 1999.

Wilson, L. C., L Matthews., & R. Eshleman. "Maternal, Paternal, and Conjugal Relations in Guyana: An assessment of the matrifocal hypothesis." A presentation at the National Council on Family Relations, 59th Annual Conferece. Nov. 9, 1997.