September 4, 2007
Dr. John Farris, Oklahoma Baptist Universityís director of teacher education, was recently elected to the board for the Oklahoma Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.
OACTE is an association of deans from 21 of Oklahomaís private and state colleges which include teacher preparation programs to prepare quality teachers for the future. Farris will represent nine private universities on the board.
Farris joined OBU in 2004 as associate professor of teacher education.
He earned his bachelorís degree from Fresno State University, a masterís degree from California State University, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of the Pacific.
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.