Darla Fent-Kelly, Ed.D.
Interim Associate Dean
Darla Fent-Kelly, Ed.D. (Oklahoma State University, 1997) has been a member of the faculty in the Kinesiology and Health Studies (KHS) Department at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) since 2004. She has served as an assistant dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies since 2015. Prior to her current position at UCO, she taught 11 years at Oklahoma City University (OCU) in the Department of Kinesiology and Exercise Studies serving two of those years as department chairperson. Before securing faculty positions at the college level, she taught physical education and mathematics and coached at Heritage Hall and Choctaw High School. She received her B.S. in physical education and health from Oklahoma City University (1982) and her M.S. in education (HPERD) from Baylor University (1983).
Darla Fent-Kelly has taught multiple courses at UCO including Physiology of Exercise, Motor Learning, Introduction to Kinesiology Studies and Healthy Life Skills. In addition, she has supervised interns in the Exercise and Fitness Management program during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Currently, she teaches Physiology of Exercise, Introduction to Kinesiology Studies and supervises multiple interns.
Education and Certifications
1997 - Ed.D. in Higher Education -- Oklahoma Statue University -- Exercise Science and Health
1983 - M.S. in Education -- Baylor University -- Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
1982 - B.S. - Oklahoma City University -- Physical Education and Health
March 18, 2019 - Certified Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator
Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities
Darla Fent-Kelly is actively involved in research and has presented at state, national, and international levels. Her areas of interest include senior adult fitness, the impact of movement on learning and the labyrinth.
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