Dr. Allen Farina, Ed.D.
Online Adjunct Faculty
Ed.D. in Education Leadership – Lynn University; Boca Raton, Fla.
M.Ed. in Education – Lakeland University; Milwaukee, Wis.
B.A. in Sociology, minor in Psychology; Marquette University - Milwaukee, Wis.
Dr. Allen Farina's research interests include diversity and leadership issues in K-12 and higher education settings, special education topics (especially autism) and developing effective teacher education programs. He has various projects and writings in the pipeline.
In addition to working at Waldorf University, Dr. Farina is currently on staff at other institutions of
higher education. His responsibilities include teaching graduate classes in education and
undergraduate courses in diversity, sociology and psychology. Serving on dissertation
committees, writing curriculum for online classes and mentoring new online instructors are also current accountabilities.
He enjoys running, reading, writing, and learning to play guitar.
Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator and philosopher, once stated that the “teacher of a course is an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.” Put another way, educator and writer Joseph Campbell asserted that “the job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.” Accordingly, Dr. Farina's objective as a professional educator is to be an artist and use the medium of education to help adult learners fuel their passion and realize their full potential, foster critical thinking and problem solving skill sets and expand their knowledge base. When students realize the vitality in themselves, they
leave the courses more enriched professionally and personally.
As an educator, Dr. Farina embraces the learning community model where all individuals interact and learn from each other. The most effective education is one built on the foundation and mindset of partnership. There is reciprocity in learning. Diversity, considering issues from multiple perspectives, providing support for positions offered and problem-solving skill sets are the staples of Dr. Farina's educational approach to facilitating classes. In order to accomplish said objectives, there needs to be dialogue in teaching, engagement in the learning process, opportunities for growth and application of knowledge to relevant and real life situations. The instructional methods and activities used vary based on the course medium and the individual needs of adult learners. Yet, there are always discussions, simulations, problem-based case studies, technology, information literacy skill sets, reading, and writing.
Finally, Dr. Farina is a firm believer in putting education into action to positively impact individual lives and macro level society. Ultimately, all learners make their own determinations on the purpose of education and how they will use their acquired skill sets to make a difference in their own lives, career paths and perhaps even larger society. As a professional educator, Dr. Farina's intention is to serve as a facilitator to guide students with fueling their passion and developing their professional and personal skill sets to excel in their chosen career field, and perhaps even
path in life. At the end of the day, he adheres to a powerful statement made by the late and great Mr. Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Advice for Current Students
Know your "why" in all areas of life. Be a person of integrity, character, and virtue in all endeavors. Do not take your education and professional pursuits for granted. Work hard and appreicate your opportunities. Finally, use your education and skill sets to advance your lives, the lives of others, and perhaps even the lives of society at large.