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John Laukaitis

Associate Professor of Education

When Dr. John J. Laukaitis was seeking a place to integrate his faith into his classes, he found the School of Education a perfect fit. “Teaching at North Park provides a unique opportunity,” says Dr. Laukaitis, “to be in the context of Chicago and be supported in faith integration.”

At North Park, Dr. Laukaitis provides opportunities for students to explore how their faith can direct them to become more effective and caring teachers. “I hope to provide a more meaningful experience for students,” says Dr. Laukaitis, “whereby they can understand the importance of having guiding principles and a strong moral foundation for their professional lives.”

As an expert in the history and philosophy of education, Dr. Laukaitis inspires students to frame their understandings of teaching and learning through a variety of perspectives and ideas from the past and present. In his courses, he guides teacher candidates to think deeply about their vocational calling and prepares them for the students they will one day serve.

For ten years, Dr. Laukaitis was a high school English teacher and administrator for District 155 in Crystal Lake, Illinois. In addition to teaching a variety of courses at North Park, Dr. Laukaitis is the faculty sponsor of the Alpha Theta Delta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education dedicated to supporting academic excellence and community service. His extensive experience and ongoing involvement with Chicago schools allow him to bridge theory and practice in his work with future educators.

Dr. Laukaitis is a member of Country Evangelical Covenant Church in Campton Hills, Illinois.

Recent Publications

John J. Laukaitis, ed. Denominational Higher Education During World War II. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

John J. Laukaitis. Community Self-Determination: A History of American Indian Education in Chicago, 1952–2006. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2015.

John J. Laukaitis. “Positioning the American Indian Self-Determination Movement in the Era of Civil Rights.” In Why You Can’t Teach United States History without American Indians, eds. Susan Sleeper-Smith, Juliana Barr, Jean M. O’Brien, Nancy Shoemaker, and Scott Manning Stevens. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Popular Courses

EDUC 2120: Introduction to Teaching
EDUC 3130: Intercultural and Urban Education
EDUC 3160: Instruction in Secondary Schools

Inspirations & Interests

Favorite Books

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill, Witness by Whittaker Chambers

Favorite Quotation
“The cross shows us the seriousness of our sin, but it also shows us the immeasurable love of God.”
–Billy Graham