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Faculty Biography - L. Paul Lawson

Faculty Biography - L. Paul Lawson

L. Paul Lawson


B.Th.Jamaica Theological Seminary
B.A. Taylor University
M.A. Wheaton College
M.A. University of Chicago
Ph.D. University of Chicago

Room 2430 Des Plaines

Personal Statement

A native-born Jamaican, Dr. Lawson completed both his Ph.D. (Philosophy of Education) and his M.A. (Religion) at the University of Chicago.   He teaches a unique blend of courses in the humanities and social sciences; and brings to Oakton an interdisciplinary background in education, business, and the humanities. He currently serves as a full-time, academic administrator at a Chicago-area university.      

Professor Lawson has a keen interest in and a unique perspective on cultural diversity in institutions of higher learning.  He is most concerned about how schools marginalize the “minority” perspective to the detriment of students.  He encourages spirited yet respectful dialogue in his classes and believes in the integration of subject matter across the curriculum.  He subscribes to the progressive (student-centered) approach to teaching and likes to challenge his students to become change agents.  He enjoys cooking and reggae music.


Alumni Profile

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March 25
Registration opens for summer 2015.

March 29
Last day to withdraw with a "W" from 16-week courses; Students will receive a grade in all courses in which they are enrolled after March 29.

April 8
Registration opens for fall 2015 semester.

May 14, 15
Evaluation Days.

May 15
Last day of student attendance.

May 18
First summer 2015 interim classes begin.

May 18
Grading Day.
Faculty on campus and available to students at designated times.

May 19
Faculty grading due.

May 19

May 25
Memorial Day holiday, College closed.

June 8
Summer 2015 eight-week session begins.

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