David comes to OU via Penn State University where he served as the director of online programs and associate professor for the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science. Over the course of nearly twenty years at Penn State, he designed and taught innovative, award-winning courses aimed at both traditional students and post-traditional, lifelong learners. He also served on the executive council of the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, which provides leadership and advocacy for best practices in teaching and learning in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the university at large. Over the course of his career, David has shared his research and experiences in numerous papers and conference presentations on topics including minimizing transactional distance, increasing student engagement at a distance, and teaching adult non-scientists to forecast the weather. He currently serves on the World Meteorological Organization’s expert panel for the WMO Global Campus initiative, a group established to explore innovative and cost-effective approaches to train meteorological and climatological technicians in developing nations.

David’s professional passion centers around the transformative power of education. He believes that through shared-governance, collegial discourse and thoughtful administration, universities should be continually working to improve the educational experience for both students and faculty alike. David’s administrative vision is to facilitate the mission of the university by enabling faculty to deliver courses that stir their passion for teaching while engaging students on a personal level, inspiring them to achieve their educational goals, and instilling within them a deep appreciation of lifelong learning.

David Babb, PhD

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