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Mathematics and Computer Science

Marvin L. Johnson

Senior Lecturer, Mathematics


Graduate of Menominee High School, Menominee, Michigan, 1963.

BS Degree, Mathematics, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, 1967.

Served four years as an artillery officer in the US Army, 1967-1971. Senior Parachutist. Duty in US, Viet Nam and West Germany.Awarded Bronze Star Medal and Army Commendation Medal, discharged as a Captain.

MA Degree, Mathematics, Oakland University, Rochester, MI, 1973.

PhD Degree, Public Policy Analysis, Evaluation Research, University of Illinois-Chicago, 1986.

Selected Publications

“Writing in Mathematics Classes: A Valuable Tool for Learning”, pp. 117-119, 76(2) The Mathematics Teacher February 1983.

“Computer Literacy at the Community College: A Way to Start”, pp. 89-92, 18(2) Mathematics and Computer Education Spring 1984.

“Computer Science and Computer Literacy and their Relationship to Mathematics”, pp. 150-154, 20(3) Mathematics and Computer Education, Fall 1986.

“Factors Influencing Grade Point Average at a Community College”, pp. 50 - 60, 16(4), Community College Review Spring 1989.

“Reconceptualizing Mathematics in the Context of Technological Innovation”, pp. 2 - 5, 11(1) part 2, The AMATYC Review Fall 1989.

“Is there Calculus without the Fundamental Theorem?”, pp. 165 -173, 25(2), Mathematics and Computer Education Spring 1991.

“A Classroom Note on Diagnosing Mathematical Errors and Recognizing Basic Learning Disabilities”, pp. 151-153, 33(2), Mathematics and Computer Education Spring 1999.


Understanding College Mathematics A Calculator-Based Approach 1994, HarperCollins College Publishers.

Developmental Mathematics A Calculator Based Approach 2002, Pearson Custom Publishing.

Basic Mathematics for College Calculators Concepts and Problem Solving A Unified Approach - 2003 - Kendall-Hunt Publishing. (Co-authored with Thomas Adamson, Phoenix College and William Adamson, Grand Rapids Minnesota Senior High School).

Conference Presentations available though ERIC

“Factors Influencing Learning at a Community College”, a paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference in Washington, D.C., April 1987, ED 287574

“Finite Mathematics and Discrete Mathematics: is there a Difference?” a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) in Baltimore, MD, October 1989, ED 313082.

“A Cost-Effective Strategy for Integrating Technology into the Advanced and Remedial Mathematics Curriculum in the Community College”, a paper presented at the Winter Institute on Community College Effectiveness in Jacksonville, FL, January 1992, ED 344643.


NISOD Outstanding Faculty Award - 1992 - Awarded by National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development based on nomination by the individual’s institution.

IMACC Distinguished Service Award - 1998 - Awarded by Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges for service to community college mathematics in the State of Illinois .

ICCTA Outstanding Faculty Award - 2003 - annual award given for outstanding teaching and contributions to one’s field by the College of Lake County and the Illinois Community College Trustee Association (ICCTA) 

NISOD Outstanding Faculty Award - 2004 - Awarded by National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development based on nomination by the individual’s institution.