Nancy Osborn Professor of Physical Education

Nancy Osborn

Professor of Physical Education
Room 112 | Physical Education Building


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 in the physical education department in 1973-75, 1977-79, 1980-86, and since 1992.


  • Ph.D, Curriculum and Instruction 1999
  • MS, Physical Education 1971
  • BS, Physical Education 1966

Favorite Quotes

Be on time, prepared for class, alert, and turn cell phones OFF.