Frank D. Beck
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Frank D. Beck serves as the Director of the Stevenson Center. He is an Associate Professor of Sociology. Broadly, his interests are in community development, applied research, and teaching students the ways they might improve communities they inhabit going forward. In terms of applied research, Beck has worked locally with McLean County government, the local NAACP branch, the Ecology Action Center, Not In Our Town, School Street Food Pantry, Prairie Pride Coalition, the Immigration Project, and others. For the Stevenson Center, Beck manages personnel, budgets, strategic efforts, relationships with higher administration at Illinois State University. In the classroom, Beck teaches Senior Experience; Architecture, Power, and Interaction; Statistics; and a new class using GIS software. Beck’s scholarship presently focuses on 1) race and the criminal justice system and 2) the relationship between local ecology and persistent poverty.
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