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Faculty Biography - L. Paul Lawson

Faculty Biography - L. Paul Lawson

L. Paul Lawson


B.Th. Jamaican 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.   He has taught courses in DePaul’s School of Education for the past 14 years and has also taught at other colleges/universities in the areas of philosophy (introduction, ethics, logic) and world religions.  He brings to Oakton an interdisciplinary background in education (teacher training), business (purchasing management), and the humanities (philosophy and world religions).

Professor Lawson has a keen interest in and a unique perspective on cultural diversity in institutions of higher learning.  In fact, he is most concerned about how schooling tends to marginalize the “minority” perspective to the detriment of many students.  He encourages spirited yet respectful conversations/debates 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 to make the world a better place.  He enjoys cooking and reggae music.

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.



April 9
Registration opens for fall 2014 semester.

May 15, 16
Evaluation Days.

May 16
Last day of student attendance.

May 19
Grading Day
Faculty on campus and available to students at designated times.

May 19
Summer 2014 interim classes begin.

May 20
Faculty grading due.

May 20

May 26
Memorial Day holiday. College closed.

June 9
Classes begin for summer 2014 eight-week session.

June 9
Three-week First Summer Interim faculty grading due.

June 16
Classes begin for summer 2014 seven-week session.

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