J. Rufus Fears is David Ross Boyd Professor of Classics at the University of Oklahoma, where he holds the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty. He also serves as the David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.
On 25 occasions he has been recognized for outstanding teaching excellence. In 1996, 1999 and again in 2000, students chose him as University of Oklahoma Professor of the Year. In 2003 he received the University Continuing Education Association Great Plains Region Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. Again, in 2005, he received the National Award for Teaching Excellence from the University Continuing Education Association, the national organization of all colleges and universities with programs of continuing education. Students at the University of Oklahoma named him as “Most Inspiring Professor” in 2005. In 2006, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence awarded him its Medal for Excellence in College and University Teaching.
Professor Fears is the author of a series of eight widely-acclaimed original books on tape, published by The Teaching Company: A History of Freedom, Famous Greeks, Famous Romans, Winston Churchill, Books That Have Made History – Books That Can Change Your Life, The Wisdom of History, Life Lessons from the Great Books and The World was Never the Same, 36 Events That Changed History. His forthcoming book with The Teaching Company is Life Lessons from the Great Myths. These lectures have been showered with praise by the many attorneys, physicians, business people and other professionals who form his audience. Sample comments include: “You have brought history alive.” You are the best teacher I have ever listened to.” You have a message that I wish were being taught in every school and college in this country. You are the Michael Jordan of history.”
Professor Fears leads annually study trips to historical sites in Europe and America, including “In the Footsteps of Winston Churchill,” In the Footsteps of Robert E. Lee,” “In the Footsteps of Peter and Paul.”, and In the Footsteps of George Washington.”