Carolyn Stauffer

Carolyn Stauffer

Office Phone: (540) 432-4453


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: SH 204

Carolyn Stauffer in the news:

Former Fulbright fellow, nationally known leader in human security, to speak at intercollegiate peace forum

Dark Beatings, Not Just Sunny Beaches, for Many in South Pacific

Assistant Professor

Applied Social Sciences Dept and MA in Biomedicine

Carolyn Stauffer has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels at 2 higher education institutions on the African continent and holds a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She has lived and worked in Africa (16 years), the Middle East (17 years) and has also engaged in various short-term assignments in North America, Europe and the Caribbean. As a veteran in cross-cultural settings, Stauffer is an agile educator whose pedagogy exemplifies the integration of both left and right brain educational approaches that pervade in our postmodern and global world.

Stauffer’s research interests include Intersectionality theory applications, social capital formation and enhancement strategies, and violence mitigation within intimate and domestic domains. Undergirding Stauffer’s academic pursuits has been a rich tapestry of work experiences in the human service and humanitarian aid arenas. While in the U.S., Stauffer worked in the mental health field in the Shenandoah Valley as well as researching urban demographics amongst marginalized center-city communities in Richmond, Virginia. During her decade and a half in Africa, Stauffer worked under the auspices of MCC, an international relief and development organization with development and emergency assistance training initiatives that took her from the southern-most tip of the continent (Cape Town) to the outlaying eastern parts of Uganda (Jinja).

During her time in South Africa, Stauffer worked as an organizational development consultant (with NGOs and blue chip companies undergoing dramatic post-Apartheid workplace diversity shifts), in the domestic and gender-based violence field (as a senior trauma counselor and public relations officer for a rape crisis support center), and as a community development specialist (and founding member of a Soweto-based HIV/AIDS Program servicing AIDS infected or affected communities living in the informal settlements surrounding Johannesburg). Stauffer weaves the depth and breadth of these many and varied experiences into her decade of teaching.

Carolyn is married to CJP professor Dr. Carl Stauffer, and together they have had the privilege of raising two university-age children. Carolyn is fluent in Hebrew, loves dance, music and art, and enjoys all things creative, imaginative and off the beaten track.


PhD in Sociology
July 2010
• University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
M.A. in Public Administration
February 1990
• Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA
B.A. in Social Work
May 1984
• Eastern Mennonite College, Harrisonburg VA


“Africa: Fast Forwarding into the Future.” FutureTakes: Transcultural Futurist Magazine. Washington, DC: vol.6, no.1, Spring 2007.

“Shifting Paradigms: Engaging in Peaceful Change in Southern Africa”, MCC Peace Office, July-October, 2008 (co-editor).

Riding Waves of Change: Women in Church Leadership, VBI Publications: Southern Africa, Working Papers: August 2007.

“Peace Pathways Newsletters”, Regional Peace Network, , 2005 – 2010 (co-editor).

“Nurturing the Tree of Peace”, MCC Peace Office, Jan-March, Vol.32-1, 2002 (co-author).

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

Paper Presentation: “Bodies as Battlefields: Gendered Dimensions of Violent Conflict”
September 21, 2013
Virginia Commonwealth University, Women, War & Peace Conference, Richmond, Virginia

Plenary Speaker: “A Subversive Shalom: What Does Radical Peace Look Like?”
Feburary 1-3, 2013
• Calvin College, Faith and International Development Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Session Presenter: “Christ in the Public Square: Transformational Development?”
Feburary 1-3, 2013
• Calvin College, Faith and International Development Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Presenter: “The Interplay Between Development and Gender Empowerment Issues: Where to From Here?”
Feburary 2010
• Calvin College, Faith and International Development Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Presenter: “Patterns of Social Reciprocity in the New South Africa”
September 4-5, 2009
• University of the Witwatersrand, Post Graduate University Colloquium, Johannesburg, South Africa

Keynote Address: “Teen Sexuality Unzipped”
September 24, 2009
• South African Department of Education, National Conference: Life & Love at Schools, Bedfordview, South Africa

Presenter: “Betwixt and Between: Gauteng’s Black Professionals at the Nexus of Contradictory Class Locations?”
June 22-25, 2009
• University of Johannesburg, Comprehending Class Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa

Other Presentations

Title:“Stereotypes that Divide: Understanding that Builds Relationship”, Panelist, EMU Dialogue Sessions, Harrisonburg VA, April 8, 2013.

Title:“Miss Representation: Imaging Women in Leadership”, Panelist, EMU EMSWA Event, Harrisonburg VA, March 14, 2013.

Title:“Faith: Vision Impossible?”, EMU Chapel Speaker, Harrisonburg VA, August 31, 2012.

Title:“Cross Cultural Communication: Deconstructing Assuptions and Reconstructing Shared Space”, TranSend Program:Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg VA, July 17, 2012.

Title:“Global Citizenship”, Panel Member, Third Culture Discussion, EMU, Harrisonburg, VA, March 15, 2012.

Title:“Sex, Power, and Lost Wonder: Re-Imaging the Possibilities”, Speaker, Take Back the Night: EMU Chapel Service, Harrisonburg VA, October 2, 2011.

Title: “The Origins and Impacts of Porn Addiction”, Session for EMU Student Women’s Association, Northlawn 4th floor, 7:00-9:00 p.m., March 23, 2011.

Title: “Doing Peace: Here and Now”, Chapel Service, Eastern Mennonite High School, 9:50-10:10, March 11, 2011.

One-on-One Interview for TV3 –WHSV: “The Middle East and Libya”, 7:00 p.m. News, Harrisonburg, VA., February 23, 2011.

Title: “Politics and Protest: What’s Going on in the Middle East”, Panelist, campus-wide discussion sponsored by SMRI and EMU’s Peace Fellowship, 8:00-10:00 p.m., EMU Common Grounds, February 23, 2011.

Title: “Representations of Race and Gender in Mass Media & Popular Culture”, Session in Pop Culture & Mass Communication course, EMU Library 105, 11:40-12:30, November 19, 2010.

Title: “Land, Labor and Livelihoods: Peoples’ Movements in South Africa”
Session for ‘Power to the People’ Kennesaw State University Exhibit, EMU Common Grounds, 11:30-12:30, November 15, 2010.

Title: “South Africa’s Dialogue on Race and Diversity”, EMU DORD Chapel, 10:00-10:30 a.m., November 10, 2010.

Title: “There is Life in the Water: Ezekiel 47”, Parkview Mennonite Church, Devotional, 12:45-1:30, November 3, 2010.

Title: “Transforming Society: Revolution, Evolution or Devolution; Conversations on Constructing and Deconstructing Change”, Session for Bible/Religion PXD Capstone course, EMU, 3:50-5:05 , October 21, 2010.

Title: “The Gulf Oil Spill: Accountability, Action, and Faith”, Interdisciplinary Panel on Sustainability, EMU Common Grounds, 10:40-11:30, September 29, 2010.

Title: “Paradigms of Collective Life: Reflections on the Mennonite and
Anabaptist Experience”
, ACRS Seminar, EMU Brunk House Conference Rm, 4:00-5:30 p.m., March 23, 2010.

Title:“Social Capital: Past, Present & Future”, Session for PXD 585 International Development course, EMU, 7:00-9:30 p.m., March 17, 2010.

Title:“Teen Addiction and Recovery: Mastering the Gauntlet", Ignite Youth, Johannesburg, South Africa, May 2009.

Title:“Campus Sexuality: Views, Values, and Volition”, WITS University, Johannesburg, South Africa, March 2009.

Title:“Raising Teens: Unlocking Mysteries of the Teen Zone”, His People Church, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2008.

Title:“Family of Origin Dynamics: Rift, Drift, or Shift?”, His People Church, Johannesburg, South Africa, May 2008.

Church, Community and Professional Service
  • Board Member, Valley Aids Network (VAN)
  • Mentor, EMU Honors Mentorship Program
  • Member, EMU Humanitarian Studies Task Force
  • Member, EMU Graduate Leadership Task Force
  • Member, EMU Pre-Professional Health Committee
  • Member, UNESCO Regional Centers of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development: Shenandoah Valley, VA
Professional Memberships

• Certified Trainer, Appreciative Inquiry, Case Western University
• Member, World Future Society, Washington DC
• Editorial Board, FutureTakes (e-journal)
• Founding Member, Emthonjeni HIV/AIDS Program, Soweto, South Africa
• Founding Member, Rape Crisis Support Center, Johannesburg, South Africa

New Courses Taught

Courses brand new to EMU:

  1. Research in Biomedicine, BIOMED program, Summer 2013
  2. Sociology of Health, DASS, Spring 2013
  3. Biomedicine Seminar – 1, BIOMED, co-taught Fall 2012

New courses taught in the past 3 years:
Leadership for Peacebuilding, CJP, Summer 2013; Conflict, Violence and Terrorism, DASS, Spring 2011; Introduction to Socioogy, DASS, Spring 2011; Environment and Society, DASS, Fall 2010; Social Stratification, DASS, Fall 2010; Theories for Social Change, DASS, Fall 2010; Cultural Perspectives, ADCP, Summer 2010; Food and Population, BIOL, Spring 2010