Professor of Sociology
At North Park since: 1973
When Frank Steinhart first started teaching at North Park University, he hoped to find a liberal arts environment—a place to relate quality instruction, an interested student body, and a sense of community. Four decades later, he’s still here—teaching sociology to students and preparing them for careers that involve human relations and further study in sociology and other fields such as ministry and social work.
“The advantage of sociology is that the program is small and we know our students extremely well. That encourages good interaction,” he says. For example, he recently accompanied a student who was involved in a project on Native American art forms. They walked into an art gallery and found themselves in a drum rehearsal. “She conducted interviews and I taped people who were playing the drums,” he says. “It’s that experience that we can provide our students.”
Sociology majors have many opportunities to engage in applied sociology, particularly considering North Park’s urban location within the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago, says Dr. Steinhart, whose research focuses on mapping homicides in Chicago. Many students are involved in Urban Outreach, a student-led service program that provides volunteer opportunities for organizations with community needs, whether tutoring at-risk youth or assisting the elderly. Sociology majors also have access to excellent internships, such as at World Relief or the Field Museum.
Access to each of these things provide the laboratory students need for sociological study. “It is difficult to do sociology outside of a consideration of the urban experience,” Dr. Steinhart says.
Dr. Steinhart teaches several sociology courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Methods in Social Research, Social Theory, Migration and Identity, Social Problems, and Marriage and Family. He is a member of the American Sociological Association.
PhD, Sociology, Loyola University Chicago
MA, Human Resource Development, Loyola University Chicago
BA, Political Science and History, University of Illinois