"BJ" Lawrence teaches the basic communication course in the Department of Communication. She has served as the course director and program administrator for this general education course. An active member of the Bradley community, Ms. Lawrence has served on the University Senate, the University Affirmative Action Committee (Chairman), the University Retention and Recruitment Committee, the Task Force to Improve Human Relations, and the Academic Review Board. Her basic communication course was adapted for Bradley's Study Abroad program which she teaches in Vienna, Austria during the May interim. She has participated in several seminars with the Carnegie Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. An advocate of the use of technology, Lawrence has been involved with the BlackboardTM on-line student information system since its introduction on campus. Lawrence has been awarded the Bradley University Francis C. Mergen Award for Community Service, the BU Parent's Association award for Faculty of the Year, and the Student Senate award for Academic Advisor of the Year. Ms Lawrence serves as 2007 President, Illinois Speech and Theatre Association (ISTA.) She has presented numerous papers at ISTA, Central States Communication Association, and National Communication Association. The Associate Dean plays a conceptual and contributory role in promoting the highest standards of achievement for both students and faculty; facilitates development of academic programs and policies; supervises the Office of Student Records; resolves issues relating to grades, advising, requirements and registration; and assists the dean with special projects such as interdisciplinary, technological and international initiatives. The Associate Dean guides the Slane College Global Scholar program which recognizes students' accomplishment with international study.
Lawrence received the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011.