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David Lawhon

Instructional Associate Professor
Department of Liberal Studies

"The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing"

- Edmund Burke

Get To Know David Lawhon

What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

I was not supposed to be a teacher; I was expected to be a craftsman. That is exactly what I pursued when leaving High School and became a carpenter. I injured my back after seventeen years of service, so I had to find another profession to support my family. I had always loved History so I decided to attend college and earn the degrees necessary to teach on any level. I have always admired teachers in general and I had no false elusions of the difficulty of the profession. What I didn’t know is the tremendous responsibility associated with the profession.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

The relationship with your students outside the classroom is just as important as your relationship inside the classroom. That is my personal teaching philosophy. Once you build trust with your students, it becomes much easier to relate to them and teaching them becomes natural. It’s the progress the students make that drives me. Teaching at a University with such a diverse population of students is also very invigorating, and sometimes we are the only motivating factor in their lives. You would be surprised what a simple hello can do for a person that is struggling. This the most satisfying profession I have ever had because you get to change someone’s life for the better each day. Not to say that this profession does not have its heartaches, but overall I feel that I am blessed to be able to affect so many students in a positive manner.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

I am passionate about interacting with people in general. Teaching affords me that opportunity. No other profession offers an individual the opportunity to have such a profound effect on someone’s life. I also find it extremely challenging to turn an unfortunate circumstance into a teaching moment. I get the opportunity to teach students how to cope with difficult situations that they will inevitably encounter throughout their lives. Displaying a passion for what you teach and developing the desire for learning in your students, will make them better scholars and ultimately create a better society.

Education
M.A. University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2000
B.A. University of Houston-Clear Lake, 1995
Courses Taught
HIST 105: History of the United States
HIST 106: History of the United States
HIST 405: History of the Holocaust
MAST 101.200: Honors Seminar "Connections"
MAST 480.200: Honors Seminar in Service Learning
MAST 481.200: Honors Seminar in Maritime Studies
Publications
Edited “Silent No More” vol 1&2, A Multicultural Reader, 2005
Presentations

2017: Guest Speaker at March of Remembrance Kingwood

2017: Guest Speaker at March of Remembrance Houston

2015: Guest Speaker at March of Remembrance Kingwood

2013: Guest Speaker for Blue Bell Industries Conference

Awards & Recognition

2017: Rescuer of the Year Award March of Remembrance, March of Remembrance

2011: Leibman Fellows sponsored by the Holocaust Society in Houston and Yad Vashem museum in Israel 2011. (Holocaust Museum Houston)

2011: Texas A&M University System Teaching Excellence Award (Top 5%), Texas A&M University

2010: Texas A&M University System Teaching Excellence Award (Top 5%), Texas A&M University

2009: Texas A&M University System Teaching Excellence Award (Top 5%), Texas A&M University

May 1, 2009: William Paul Ricker Distinguished Faculty Award, Texas A&M University at Galveston

2004: Texas Monthly Guide to Texas Colleges + Universities Texas A&M University at Galveston Best Classes – History with David R. Lawhon

Professional Appointments

2017 - Present: Historical Chair March of Remembrance North America, March of Remembrance Germany

2008 - Present: Holocaust Museum Houston Bronze Member

2016: March of Remembrance Chair Galveston, March of Remembrance Houston

2009: Board Member of Gulf South Historical Association

Contact Info

David Lawhon
Instructional Associate Professor
Department of Liberal Studies


lawhond@tamug.edu
Phone: +1 (409) 740.4948
Fax: +1 (409) 740.4962

Sea Aggie Center, Office 702


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