Oklahoma Baptist University

Dr. John Farris

Harris Chair of Teacher Education
Director of Teacher EducationAssociate Professor of Education

Shawnee Hall 208A
405-585-4269

OBU Box 61771
500 W. University
Shawnee, OK 74804

Biography

Dr. John Farris joined the OBU faculty for the 2004-2005 school year. Before coming to OBU, he worked as a director of teacher education and the graduate program for a Kentucky College. He has been in the public school arena as a middle school and high school teacher, middle school learning director, middle school assistant principal, high school principal and Christian school superintendent. He has memberships at a number of professional organizations. He is president and past vice-president of the Oklahoma Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Farris is the faculty secretary of Omicron Delta Kappa. As an educator, Farris’ underlying passion is research in related fields such as social neuroscience, psychoimmunology, behavioral genetics, psychobiology, cognitive science, neuroscience and physiology as it applies to a meaningful group of principles that represent our understanding of how our brain works in the context of education. Farris’ goal is to train educators to understand the principles and use strategies coming from the aforementioned fields in a purposeful way. His passion and goals are all about teaching preservice educators, those who are presently in the teacher education program, and educators, who are in the classroom, to understand the reasoning behind their teaching. Farris has one daughter, Johnelle; and one grandson, David. Farris is active in local churches.

Education

  • B.A., Fresno State College
  • M.A., California State University
  • Ed.D., University of the Pacific

Courses Taught

EDUC 2012: Educational Foundations

EDUC 3093: Principles of Secondary Education

Selected Publications

Follow-Up In-service, “Applying Brain Research Findings to the Effective Teacher Model”: Christian Heritage High School, Del City, May 2013

In-service, “Applying Brain Research Findings to the Effective Teacher Model”: Christian Heritage High School, Del City, Oct. 2012

In-service, “Applying Brain Research Findings to the Effective Teacher Model”: Pacific Grove elementary Schools, Pacific Grove, CA, June 2012

Consultant to Pacific Grove elementary Schools, Pacific Grove, CA, Jan. 2012

In-service, “Applying Brain Research Findings to the Effective Teacher Model”: Castro Valley School Administers, CA, June 2010

UC, Berkeley symposium presenter, Applications of Neurobiology to Pedagogical Indicators, March 2010

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