Christopher Prendergast To Address Honors Convocation at Illinois Wesleyan
April 1, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Christopher Prendergast, professor of sociology at Illinois Wesleyan
University, will receive the 2005 Pantagraph Award for Teaching Excellence and will
present the principal speech at the University's annual Honors Day Convocation on
Wednesday, April 13.
The convocation will be held at 11 a.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210
Park St., Bloomington). It is free and open to the public.
Illinois Wesleyan students will be recognized for a variety of academic honors as
part of the convocation.
Prendergast's speech is entitled “Cultural Capital: Intellectual Traditions and the
A member of the Illinois Wesleyan faculty since 1985, Prendergast received his bachelor's
degree from Brooklyn College of The City University of New York. He went on to earn
his master's and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.
Prendergast's research interests are both classical and contemporary sociological
theory, philosophy of science, urban sociology, and social organization and stratification.
He teaches courses in the History of Social Thought, Social Organization, Community
and Urban Society, and American Social Institutions Today.
The $1,000 teacher-scholar award is Illinois Wesleyan's top teaching honor. The honoree
is selected by the University's Promotion and Tenure Committee based on nominations
received from members of the faculty. The award recognizes teaching, scholarship,
and service. The 2006 winner will be announced during the convocation.