Bio


“Pracademic” is the word that best describes Dr. Rick Farmer. Prior to his 10 years in state government, Farmer earned tenure in Political Science. He worked as—
  • director of committee staff at the Oklahoma House of Representatives;
  • deputy insurance commissioner under John Doak; &
  • director of the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Farmer grew up in Tahlequah OK, where he graduated from Tahlequah High School and Northeastern State University.  Rick and his wife Marjean owned a small business and were active in the Tahlequah community until he decided to seek a PhD in Political Science at the University of Oklahoma.

Rick earned tenure at the University of Akron in Ohio, where he was a fellow in the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.  He was known as an innovative classroom instructor, pioneering video conferencing and instant student feedback.  He is the author of over 30 academic chapters and articles and the co-editor of four books.
While working fulltime in government, Rick continued to teach and write.  He served as president of the Oklahoma Political Science Association in 2008.  In 2009 he initiated an ethics conference with the State Legislative Leaders Foundation at the Zig Ziglar Center for Ethical Leadership.  Currently, he is chairman of the American Political Science Association’s Practical Politics Working Group. Farmer 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. Resume;
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