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Faculty Biography - Mary Hope Griffin

Faculty Biography - Mary Hope Griffin

Mary Hope Griffin


B.A. New York University
M.A. New York University
M. Div. Yale University
PhD. University of California, Los Angeles

Room 2430 Des Plaines

Personal Statement

I spent the first 23 years of my life in New York City, attending public schools through high school and then earning a B.A. in religious studies with minors in math and speech and an M.A. in education from New York University. From there I took the train north to Connecticut and spent three enlightening years working on a Master's of Divinity Degree at Yale University Divinity School.

After some experience as a hospital chaplain, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a doctorate in history at UCLA. Many, many hours (OK, I guess that should be years) of Greek and Latin texts later, I finished my dissertation in the spring of 2002 entitled, "Martyrdom as a Second Baptism: Issues and Expectations of the Early Christian Martyrs." The use of stories to depict virtue continues to fascinate me.

Teaching is my passion. Helping others discover the importance of learning about religion, art, and history in their own lives and the life of our community challenges and inspires me in the classroom. Before coming to Oakton, I taught for half a decade at Michigan State University. In the spring of 2008 I also taught at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.

When not in the classroom, library or at my computer, I am walking through life with my husband and children. I have been married for more than two decades and my children range in age from 8 to 18.


Alumni Profile

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Oakton holds a special place for John Nebl, a police officer who took classes at the College during the 1980s. Not only did he find his vocation, he also found his wife.



November 11
Veterans Day holiday. College closed.

November 18
Registration opens for spring 2016 semester.

November 26, 27
Thanksgiving Recess. College closed.

November 28, 29
Thanksgiving Recess. No classes, College open. (Most offices closed.)

December 24 - January 3
College closed.

January 11
Faculty return for spring 2016 semester.

January 15
Winterim classes end.

January 18
Martin Luther King holiday. College closed.

January 19
Spring 2016 semester classes begin.

January 20
Winterim faculty grading due.

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