Robinson, Farris Fill Academic Leadership Roles

Dr. Pam Robinson has been named interim dean of Oklahoma Baptist University’s College of Arts and Sciences, according to Dr. Debbie Blue, the university’s interim senior vice president for academic affairs.

Robinson moves to the interim post from her position as chair of OBU’s Division of Teacher Education and associate professor of education. Dr. John Farris, associate professor of education, has been named interim chair of the Division of Teacher Education.

The administrative moves were made after Blue became OBU’s interim senior vice president for academic affairs in May, moving from her post as dean of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Robinson has been a part of OBU’s education program since 1993. She was an assistant professor of special education for six years and became associate professor, and gained senior faculty status, in 1999.

Robinson received her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in 1978. She continued her education at OSU, earning her master’s degree in 1981 and her Ph.D. degree in 1996.

Robinson is a frequent presenter at conferences across the United States. Her presentations have included “Preparing Informed Educators,” “How to Prepare for College,” “Who Can Teach What,” “Legal Issues in Special Education,” “What They Forgot to Tell Me Before I Did My Student Teaching” and “Education Begins At Home.”

Before coming to OBU, Robinson was director of federal programs for the McLoud Public Schools. She is a member of Hilltop Baptist Church in Shawnee where she works with the puppet ministry, Vacation Bible School and plays the organ. She also is a member of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary.

John Farris joined the OBU faculty in 2004 as associate professor of education, returning to the university after serving two years as chair of the teacher education program at Cumberland University in Kentucky. He previously served on the OBU faculty from 1999 to 2002.

He served 12 years as assistant principal for student services at Fremont Middle School in Roseburg, Ore. He also was administrator for Fremont’s special education program.

Farris received his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fresno, in 1967. He also earned his master of arts degree at CSUF and his doctor of education degree at the University of the Pacific.

Farris is a member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum, the Oklahoma Board of Examiners, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He also is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee.