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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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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 19
Registration opens for spring 2015 semester.

November 27, 28
Thanksgiving recess. College closed.

November 29, 30
Thanksgiving recess. No classes; College open.

December 16, 17
Evaluation Days.

December 17
Last day of student attendance.

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

December 19
Grades due.

December 24 - January 4
College closed.

January 12
Faculty return for spring 2015 semester.

January 16
Winterim classes end.

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