Dr. Todd Farmer brings a diverse background of academic experience to Oral Roberts University. He has worked at both the K-12 and university levels. Dr. Farmer comes to ORU after five years of working at Langston University where he was widely recognized for excellence in teaching, research and service. As a professor at Langston University, Dr. Farmer was known for engaging students in conference presentations. Dr. Farmer was the chair of the Physical Education, Sport, and Recreation department.
He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, both in the classroom and online, such as PHED 2552 Fitness Wellness and Conditioning, PHED 3002 Psy/Sociology of Sport/PE, PHED 3163 Skill/Tech. of Team and Lifetime Sports, PHED 3203 School Health, Nutrition and PE, PHED 2013 Nutrition, PHED 4023 Methods and Materials of K-12 Physical Education, PHED 4103 Contemporary Health Issues, PHED 3103 Epidemiology, PHED 2153 Motor Development, PHED 3203 Adapted Physical Education, PHED 3403 Fundamentals of Coaching. PE 2112 Intro to Pe, HD 2223 Community and School Health, PE 3152 Sport Fund. I, HD 2603 Personal Health, PE 3172 Sport Fund. II, PE 3142 Coaching Theory. EDU 502w Character Values in Education, EDU 535w Theories in Teaching and Learning, EDU 602w Continuing Educational Thought,EL 575 Law and Policy, CI 542 Community of Learners, EDU 520 Curriculum design and evaluation, EDU 595 Community of learners, EL 565 Professional Learning, EL 570 School Improvement: Facilitating Change and School Transformation. EDU 560 Human and Financial Resources, CI 533 Student Engagement, ED 505 Educational Literacy.
He was awarded, 2018 Higher Education Physical Education Professor of the Year. Dr. Farmer was Picked as a “Mentor” by the Dean of Education Concordia University, and was a “National Faculty Member” for American College of Education.
In the classroom, students encounter Dr. Farmer’s passion for integrating his faith in Jesus and the leading of the Holy Spirit into every area of their lives. In the realm of sport management, Dr. Farmer teaches students to use their athletic abilities for the glory of God. Students often praise Dr. Farmer for his passionate commitment to push them toward excellence and the fulfillment of their potential. Dr. Farmer’s research focuses on leadership in sport. His scholarship has been published in outlets such as the OAHPERD and KAHPERD journals. In his current research, Dr. Farmer is exploring the role of leadership in the sport industry. Dr. Farmer earned his B.S. in Physical Education, Health, and Coaching, his M.A. in Education, and his EdD. in Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix. He also earned an endorsement to be a K-8 Principal from Wayne State College.
Dr. Farmer is excited to work in a Spirit Empowered University where he can openly share his faith with other faculty and students. He gives God all the glory for the gifts he has been given and is so thankful that the faculty and staff have allowed him to come teach at ORU. Go Eagles!!