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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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In spite of having a bachelor’s degree, Anita Taylor ’86 wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She found her niche at Oakton.



July 24
Incomplete (I) grades from spring 2014 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.*

July 31
Classes end.

August 4
Faculty grading due.

August 4
Second summer interim classes begin.

August 18
Faculty return for fall 2014 semester.

August 22
Second summer interim classes end.

August 25
Fall 2014 semester classes begin.

August 28
Second summer interim faculty grading due.

September 1
Labor Day holiday. College closed.

September 21
Last day to submit proof of residency, business service agreements and chargebacks/joint agreements.

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