Instructor of Humanities Emeritus
Fleta Buckles brings a background of cultural and historical studies to Oral Roberts University. She has been involved in various community musical groups in Tulsa since her college days at ORU. She received a Tulsa Opera Scholarship for two consecutive years while studying voice and piano at ORU and, after graduating, continued to sing in the opera chorus for ten years. She was also involved in various choral groups, including the Tulsa Bach Society, the Oklahoma Chorale, and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Meanwhile, she studied organ and became an assistant organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church and later was the organist and choir director for five years at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Sand Springs.
After working in the Tulsa business community for a few years, she was invited back to the school to teach humanities as an adjunct professor by the chairman, Dr. Harold Paul. Excited by this classroom experience, she began studying for her master’s degree and matriculated with a degree in European History from the University of Tulsa. Her research explored the British medieval world especially.
In the classroom, students encounter Mrs. Buckles’ passion for integrating the Christian worldview into every area of their lives. In her classes on the modern period of humanities, students are challenged to learn to think critically and gain new insights and appreciation for the Western culture from the Enlightenment period to the 21st century. Music, art, literature, poetry and architecture are integrated into the history and philosophy of each period. Students in her Christian Worldview and Culture classes are challenged to understand multiple worldviews, especially modern ones such as naturalism and postmodernism, and then apply their biblical understanding to responding to the challenging thought systems that are prevalent in our world today.
Mrs. Buckles has traveled throughout Europe extensively during the last 35 years and so brings a firsthand knowledge of Western civilization to the classroom. For the last 16 years she has attended summer symposiums and conferences on topics that enhance background knowledge of the typical humanities areas such as history, culture, literature, music, philosophy and theology.
Mrs. Buckles received her B.A. in Music Performance from Oral Roberts University and her M.A. in History from the University of Tulsa.