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Beau Weston joined the faculty at Centre College in 1990 and was named Van Winkle Professor of Sociology in 2008. He is an energetic and active teacher, known for getting involved in the lives and activities of his students on campus.
Born in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Weston earned a B.A. with high honors from Swarthmore College and subsequently completed an M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Yale University. Prior to coming to Centre, Weston served for three years as a research associate in the Office of Research of the U.S. Department of Education.
Weston has a special interest in the sociology of religion, especially in the Presbyterian Church. He is the author of Presbyterian Pluralism: Competition in a Protestant House (1997, University of Tennessee Press), Leading from the Center: Strengthening the Pillars of the Church (2003, Geneva Press), and editor of Called to Teach: The Presbyterian Mission in Higher Education (2003, Geneva Press). Weston previously was an editor of and contributor to Education and the American Family: A Synthesis of Research, published by New York University Press in 1989. His history of the College, Centre College: Scholars, Gentlemen, Christians was published in 2010. Weston also writes the blog The Gruntled Center: Exploring the Happy Society.
This Centre professor received considerable press attention for his course on coffee houses. In 2011 he was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to develop a course on “The Happy Society.” In 2004, he won the Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2014 he again won the Kirk Award, as well as the David Hughes (Professor of the Year) Award from the student leadership fraternity Omicron Delta Kappa, and the Professor of the Year Award from the Delta Delta Delta sorority.
Weston has presented papers at a number of professional meetings and has participated in the Kentucky Humanities Council speakers bureau. He has received honors including membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and he served a term as president of the Anthropologists and Sociologists of Kentucky.
Weston is an elder in the Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Susan, have three children: Molly, Nora, and Rebecca.
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Special interest in the sociology of religion. Author of Presbyterian Pluralism: Competition in a Protestant House (University of Tennessee Press, 1997). Editor of and contributor to Education and the American Family: A Synthesis of Research (New York University Press, 1989). Research and teaching on topics related to family life and major contemporary social issues. Authored full-length history of Centre College titled Centre College: Scholars, Gentlemen, Christians (published October 2010).