Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Elder Teaches 16 Years at OPSU Released by OPSU Campus Communications on 08/11/2014
Goodwell, Okla. — David Elder has been an instrumental part of the development of the well-known OPSU art program and after 16 years of teaching at OPSU he retired this summer.
Elder began teaching at OPSU in the fall of 1998 as an adjunct professor while still teaching art to grades 6-12 in Laverne, Okla. Then in 1999 after 24 years of teaching at Laverne, he began teaching full- time at OPSU. Elder taught a variety of classes from ceramics to oil painting and art appreciation. Now, he primarily focuses on ceramics and art history.
Throughout his time at OPSU, one of the highlights has been actively continuing to assist with the growth of the Art Department. Elder joined Bryon Test in 1998 as the only two art instructors in the program and together they worked to progress from a Humanities degree with an art emphasis to the current Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Elder also assisted in the revision of the bachelor’s degree program and the addition of an Art History minor.
Among other highlights, Elder obtained his goal of obtaining the rank of Professor of Art. He has been very involved as the department has established two annual events, The Paul Farrell Memorial Art Auction and the Art Jubilee. Elder had the opportunity to teach current OPSU art instructors, Brent Shoulders and Yvonne Sangster. One of his favorite things is staying in touch with many of the students he has taught throughout the years.
When asked to describe his time at OPSU, Elder immediately responded, “One word- only one word can describe it, Family.”
He continued saying, “The administration has been great, and I have enjoyed working with everyone here at OPSU.”
Elder’s plans for retirement don’t include slowing down any. As time allows, he will continue to own and operate Elder’s Pottery.