After teaching for the University of Oklahoma for 23 years, CLS instructor and OU professor Dan Lawrence retired from teaching last spring. During his years of teaching, he developed several criminal justice courses for the College of Liberal Studies.
“We will miss Dan as both a CLS instructor and colleague,” said Martha Banz, associate dean of CLS. “His tenure in academics was truly an interdisciplinary journey, and students have often noted how much of a hands-on practical instructor he was.”
In addition to classes taught for CLS, Lawrence taught many classes for the College of Education, the Department of Sociology and Outreach’s Center for Independent and Distance Learning.
Lawrence’s first job was as a seventh grade teacher, which he credits with inspiring him to attain his doctorate and pursue teaching on the college level.
He noted that some of his fondest memories were taking his traditional criminal justice students on tours of the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center, where he had been deputy warden in the late 1980s.
“That was always a highlight of each semester,” he said.
Lawrence reports that while he will miss regularly speaking with CLS staff and students, he plans to keep busy. He is an avid 19th century American military historian and war-reenactor and is looking forward to seeing many more battlefields while traveling with his wife.
Note: The College of Liberal Studies was renamed the College of Professional and Continuing Studies in 2017.