You can shape tomorrow by teaching others today.

Most of us have encountered a teacher along our educational journey, some of us have encountered many, who was such an inspiration and made such an impression that our intellectual fabric was forever changed. This is why teachers are among our world’s most valuable assets.

Friends University is proud to offer education degrees that provide extensive classroom experience before student teaching, classroom management strategies embedded into methods courses, and a wide variety of district placements for field experiences.

Art Education

By sharing your passion for and knowledge of the visual arts, you can empower others to find their creative voices and tell their stories.

Elementary Education

Elementary teachers have the great responsibility of molding the minds of our community’s most vulnerable and impressionable members.

English Language Arts Education

Educators emphasize the best and latest methods for instructing older children in the areas of composition, creative writing, dramatic readings and interpretation, literature, poetry and reading comprehension.

Health & Physical Education (Non-Licensure)

Health and wellness education doesn’t always take place in a school setting. This degree from Friends can give you the foundation to help others improve their lives by improving their health.

Math Education

The demand for mathematicians in the United States is high, as is the need for talented and qualified teachers of this discipline.

Music Education

Teaching others to read and appreciate different types of music, identify and play instruments, and use their voices to create works of art is a gift to the student and to the world.

Physical Education

You can teach every young student’s favorite class! And instill in children of all ages that physical activity is a vital part of a healthy life.

Spanish Education

A degree in Spanish education opens many doors for graduates inside the classroom, as well as in the private and public sectors.

Speech/Theater Education

Many teachers encourage students to express themselves, but few have as much fun doing so as those who teach speech, theater, debate and forensics.




Dr. Stephen Eaves

  • Professor of Music; Chair of Fine Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • B.M.E., Union University; M.M.E., University of Mississippi; D.M.A., University of South Carolina

Janet Eubank

  • Assistant Professor of Education
  • Education
  • B.A., Wichita State University; M.A., Friends University

Lisa Hittle

  • Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Jazz Program
  • Fine Arts
  • B.M., Kansas State University; B.M.E., M.M.,Wichita State University

Dr. Megan Hughes-Zarzo

  • Assistant Professor of Spanish; Honors Program Director
  • Religion and Humanities
  • B.A., Friends University; M.A. Kansas State University; Ph.D., Stony Brook University

Toni Libhart

  • Assistant Professor of Music and Percussion; Academic Recruitment Coordinator
  • Fine Arts
  • B.M., B.M.E. M.A.E., Wichita State University

Dr. Dennis Obermeyer

  • Professor of Physical Education
  • Education
  • B.S., Peru State College; M.S.Ed., Northwest Missouri State University; Ed.D., University of Missouri-Columbia

Kurt Priebe

  • Assistant Professor of Drama and Media
  • Fine Arts
  • B.A., Sterling College; M.A., Regent University

Dr. John Rhodes

  • Associate Professor of Education; Professional Education Unit Assessment Coordinator
  • Education
  • B.S., Florida State University; M.S. Troy State University; Ph.D., University of Florida

Vicki Ronn

  • Assistant Professor of English
  • Religion and Humanities
  • B.A., St. Mary of the Plains; M.A., Fort Hays State University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Dr. Jerry Smartt

  • Professor of Spanish
  • Religion and Humanities
  • B.A., University of Texas; M.Ed., M.A., Ph.D., Wichita State University

Ervin Stanley

  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Natural Science and Mathematics
  • B.A., Friends University; M.A., Ball State University

Dr. Nora Strasser

  • Professor of Mathematics; Chair of Natural Science and Mathematics
  • Natural Science and Mathematics
  • B.S., M.A., University of South Dakota; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University

Dr. John Taylor

  • Professor of Music
  • Fine Arts
  • B.M.E., Bowling Green State University; M.M.E., Indiana University; Ph.D., Ohio State University

Dr. Jan Wilson

  • Professor of Education; Chair of Education; Director - Teacher Education/Unit Head, PEB
  • Education
  • B.S., Oklahoma State University; M.S., Wichita State University; Ph.D., Kansas State University