Farris Officially Named OBU Teacher Education Chair

Dr. John Farris has been named chair of the division of teacher education in Oklahoma Baptist University’s College of Arts and Sciences. OBU President Mark Brister recently announced the appointment.

Farris had been serving as interim director of teacher education since June 2006, replacing Dr. Pam Robinson, who now serves as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“We are thankful to have John fill this leadership role for our teacher education program,” said Brister. “The range and depth of his experience as an educator and administrator will serve our students and faculty very well.”

Since 2004, Farris has been associate professor of education. He served as assistant professor of education from 1999-2002.

From 2002-2004, Farris served as the chair of the education department and director of the teacher graduate program at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Ky.

Before his career at OBU, Farris served in public schools in various positions including teacher, learning director, assistant principal and high school principal.

Farris is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association of Supervision and Curriculum, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, American Association of School Administrators, Phi Delta Kappa, Oklahoma Board of Examiners, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Farris earned a bachelor’s degree from Fresno State College, a master’s degree from California State University, Fresno, and a doctor of education degree from the University of the Pacific.

He and his wife, Kerry, are members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee. They have one adult daughter, Johnelle Smith, who lives in the bay area in California with her husband and son.