Monday, November 28, 2016
Oklahoma Political Science Association Awards OSU-OKC Adjunct Professor
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) adjunct professor Rick Farmer, Ph.D., received the Robert Darcy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Political Science Association (OPSA) at the 2016 annual conference held Nov. 10-11 in Oklahoma City.
Farmer has served as president of the OPSA, organizer of the OPSA annual meeting, OPSA board member and reviewer for the annual peer-reviewed journal Oklahoma Politics. Farmer has written more Oklahoma Politics articles than any other contributor in the publication’s 26-year history. He currently teaches Politics in Public Service at OSU-OKC and will coordinate student internships at the Oklahoma Capitol beginning in spring 2017.
After graduating from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., Farmer completed a Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma and earned tenure teaching American political parties and campaigns at the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron.
Returning to Oklahoma in 2004, Farmer served as director of committee staff at the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Deputy Insurance Commissioner and Oklahoma's first executive director of the new Workers’ Compensation Commission.
While working in state government, Farmer remained active in political science, teaching adjunct courses at OSU-OKC, Oklahoma City University and Southern Nazarene University.
“This award is very humbling,” Farmer said. “I am grateful to my mentors, colleagues and friends, who made this award possible.”
The award is named for Dr. Bob Darcy, an emeritus professor at Oklahoma State University. Farmer said, “I am pleased to call Bob Darcy a mentor and friend. It is an honor to have my name associated with his.”
Farmer is the author of more than 30 political science articles and chapters, and coeditor of four books. He has appeared on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, C-SPAN, BBC Radio and various local news outlets. His comments are quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor and numerous local newspapers.
Currently, Farmer is developing a professional training company known as Extra Point Productions. The company focuses on the continuing education needs of insurance licensees and other professionals.