Educational Instruction & Leadership

Dr. William Fridley

Educational Instruction and Leadership
Telephone: 580-745-2638
Location: 216 Morrison Hall
Address: PMB 4204, Durant, OK 74701


William Lloyd Fridley is a Professor of Education and has been at Southeastern Oklahoma State University since 1999.  He teaches Foundations of Education and his areas of expertise and interest are philosophy of education, professional ethics and ethical theory, shared governance and academic policy, Plato, John Dewey, pragmatism, story-telling and myth, and teaching as art, metaphor and performance.

William earned a BS in Education (summa cum laude) from The Ohio State University, Master’s of Divinity and Master’s of Theology degrees from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana, and a Ph.D. in Education from The Ohio State University.  Teaching experience includes teaching in Columbus (Ohio) Public Schools, and at the college level: The Ohio State University, Ball State University, Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and Bethany College (Lindsborg, Kansas).  From 2001-2007 he served as the Executive Director of the Texoma Association for Public School Improvement (TAPSI) where he hosted programs by such nationally known speakers as Harry Wong, Jim Fay, Frosty Troy, Guy Doud, Hal Urban and David Berliner.

William is active in the Faculty Senate and serves on its Executive Committee, as Chair of the Personnel Policies Committee, and as Archivist (since 2011).  He is a founding member of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, serves as the chapter’s webmaster and representative to the State Conference.  At the 2016 AAUP Conference on the State of Higher Education in Washington D.C. William was elected as the Secretary for the Assembly of State Conferences, a national umbrella organization of the AAUP.

William has published numerous articles in journals such as Philosophical Studies in EducationEducational Studies, and The Journal of Philosophy and History of Education.  He has given over 30 presentations at regional, national and international conferences.  William is also a song writer and artist and collaborates with his wife Carolyn in musical recording, performing and other creative projects.

Fridley Vitae-Fall 2016