Nancy Osborn

Professor of Physical Education
Physical Education Building, Room 112
phone: 405-574-1246


Active in her state and national professional associations and recognized for novel approaches to teaching physical education, Dr. Nancy Osborn, associate professor of physical education, has served on the USAO faculty since 1992.

For one independent study project in 2006, Osborn led a group of students to study the famed travels of Lewis and Clark, to experience their journey, food, clothes and culture of the period. Following their research, her students were required to offer a public presentation on such things as canoe making, tipi construction, native weapons and jewelry.

After earning her bachelor of science degree from Phillips University, Osborn received her master’s degree in education from Central State University. She went on to complete her doctorate from Oklahoma State University.

In 2008, Osborn was named to the Faculty Advisory Council of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. This is her second appointment to the council and the third time USAO has been represented.

In 2006, Osborn was honored by the Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD) for her achievements in physical education. Honorees must serve more than a decade in the field in Oklahoma and be active on state and national levels in teaching and research. Osborn has been a working member of OAHPERD for nearly 35 years.She has authored one book and edited another.

Osborn actually has served at USAO four times: she taught courses here in 1973, 1977 and 1980, before joining the faculty full-time in 1992.


EdD Curriculum and Instruction 1999
MS Physical Education 1971
BS Physical Education 1966 ...