PATRICK W. PRENDERGAST
Lecturer in Development Communication Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication, UWI Mona
Prendergast is currently Carimac Coordinator-Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona - Western Jamaica Campus(WJC). Along with his coordinating responsibilities for the two programmes being offered at WJC - BA in Media and Communication (Public Relations) and BA in Digital Media Production, he teaches Communication Culture and Caribbean Society, Introduction to Communication Research Methods, Public Relations Theory, Understanding Media, and Communication Analysis and Planning. A member of the UWI, Mona faculty since September 2003 he has designed and taught courses in Social Marketing and Alternative media and Community-based initiatives along with modules, workshops and seminars in Advocacy Communication for Civic Organizations, Media Gender and Development, and Popular Theatre as Programming Tool for Radio.
Prendergast brings to the academic world a strong sense of community empowerment processes and approaches to education having worked in community development and popular education since 1979 as a high school student. However his formal application in the field started as a 1980s graduate of the National School of Drama working with youth and community empowerment NGO Groundwork Theater Company. Between 1987 and 1993 he worked as a community facilitator and theatre artiste in schools and communities from Jericho in Hanover to Spring Hill in Portland.
Areas of research include Environmental Education as a Tool for Community Empowerment, Male Perspectives on Issues of Gender Equality, and Community media in the Caribbean.
The current work with JET Fm owned and operated by the Jeffrey Town Farmers Association in St. Mary, Jamaica is part of a longstanding relationship with communities across Jamaica.
See JET FM Learning Programme Workshop Preliminary Report