The University Honors Program Staff
Laurence Carlin, Ph.D.
Dr. Laurence Carlin has been a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy since 2000. He has been Chair of the Philosophy Department since 2011, and Director of the University Honors Program since 2012. From 2006 to 2012, he served as President of the Wisconsin Philosophical Association. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin and Marshall College, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Houston, and a Ph.D. from Rice University.
Dr. Carlin specializes in seventeenth and eighteenth century philosophy and science, and is the author of a book, and many scholarly articles on topics in that area. He received a number of awards for his research, including grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as a Fellowship at the UW Institute for Research in the Humanities. Since 2003, Dr. Carlin has been leading study abroad programs to the United Kingdom. In 2009 he won the University Honors Program Outstanding Teaching Award, and is also a recipient of the Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award. When he is not working, Dr. Carlin enjoys coaching his kids’ sports teams, working on house projects, volunteering in the community, and hiking during Wisconsin’s beautiful summers.
Debbie Gray Patton
Originally from Iowa, Debbie received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Journalism and Master's in Counseling from the University of Iowa. She's been at UWO since 1995, working in Residence Life and the Dean of Students office. She's passionate about working on a college campus and helping students meet their goals. In her free time, she follows her kid's events, both sports and music, runs, and loves reading.