Paul Gaston, III

Paul Gaston, III

Department of English
Emeritus Trustees Professor
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An experienced scholar with a focus on higher education reform, public policy, and the humanities, Paul L. Gaston, III, serves Kent State as its sole Trustees Professor. Dr. Gaston has been a principal speaker in venues around the world. In 2007-09, he has offered major addresses on health care legislation, the Italian novel, computer dominated futures trading, the future of the book, the Bologna Process, and U.S. higher education legislation. 

He is the author of three books and of more than 40 scholarly articles on subjects ranging from interart analogies, the poetry of George Herbert, and the fiction of Walker Percy, to academic strategic planning, the Higher Education Act, and the assessment of educational outcomes. His most recent articles concern George Herbert and the British Hymn Tradition, the risks of excessive reliance on computer program trading in futures markets, Il Gattopardo (Italian novel), the Bologna Process (European higher education reform), and regional campus administration. His book on general education reform, co-authored with Jerry Gaff, was published in 2009 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. His book on the Bologna Process, The Challenge of Bologna, was published January 2010 by Stylus Publishing, LLC.  

As a meeting facilitator, conference planner, and presenter, he has worked with the Council on Higher Education Accreditation, Academic Impressions, the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Planning Accreditation Board, the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, the Council on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, and with institutions such as Keuka College, Southern Illinois University Edward­sville, Providence College (RI), Bishop’s University (Quebec), the University of Nebraska-Kearney, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Eastern Washington University, Bradley University, and Hampton University.

Research Areas
  • Seventeenth-Century Literature
  • 20th Century Literature
  • Literature and Music
  • Higher Education Reform


Seventeenth-Century Literature, 20th Century Literature, Literature and Music, Higher Education Reform, European Higher Education, Bologna Process, Renaissance, Metaphysical, Novel, Arts and Humanities, Language or Literature, Renaissance Studies


  • Gaston, Paul L. The Challenge of Bologna. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 2010.
  • Gaston, Paul L. and Jerry G. Gaff, Revising General Education. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2009.
  • Gaston, Paul L. “Bologna: A Challenge for Liberal Education—and an Exceptional Opportunity,” Liberal Education, Fall 2008, pp. 14-19.
  • Gaston, Paul L. “A Fine Balance: Community Engagement and the Poise of a Metropolitan University,” Metropolitan Universities, 19.1 (April 2008), 113-121.
  • Gaston, Paul L. “Many Rooms, Many Views: Making Sense of Place,” Italy and the English Speaking World from Chaucer to Seamus Heaney, ed. Giuseppe Galigani, Firenze: Mauro Pagliai Editore, 2008, pp. 219-230. [A study of Il Gattopardo by G. T. Lampedusa.]
  • Gaston, Paul L. “The Two Cultures in the 21st Century,” The Review of Futures Markets, 15.4 (2007), 5-18. [A study of computer-dominated trading in futures markets.
  • Gaston, Paul L. “George Herbert, the ‘Hymn Menders,’ and the Anglican Hymn Tradition,” John Donne Journal, 25 (2006), 315-332.
  • Gaston, Paul L. “Ten Lessons for Liberal Education,” Liberal Education, 90.2 (Spring 2004), 54-59.


Council on Accreditation, American Psychological Association Faculty Member, Institute on General Education