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Alumni Recognition: Jeffrey Hunter

Apr 2, 2018

Dr. Jeffrey Hunter, who was named Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Glenville State College (GSC) in Glenville, West Virginia, is April’s Alum of the Month.

“Taking on this role was exciting and intimidating at the same time,” said Hunter, who received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from The Patton College in 2015. “I was moving from teaching all of the Science Education classes to teaching and managing the entire department. That included maintaining the already-high focus on GSC student success, all CAEP and Title II reporting, searching for a data-management system, and maintaining service to the College.”

Hunter, who is from Circleville, Ohio, received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Ohio University and Marshall University, respectively, in 1985 and 1996. He also received a bachelor’s in Life Science from Shawnee State University in 2008.

Hunter taught anatomy and physiology, biology, advanced placement biology, and integrated physical science in Clay Local School District in Portsmouth, Ohio, from 2008 until 2016, before becoming Assistant Professor of Science Education at GSC. He became Chair of Teacher Education in 2017.

“I feel that The Patton College gave me the confidence to take on this role,” said Hunter. “Each of the professors I worked with provided a rich and diverse approach to what it means to be an educator. I was encouraged to broaden my own understanding of teaching and to fully engage in the productive struggle of the doctoral program.”

That includes, of course, a dissertation. Hunter’s 194-page study, “Student Engagement in a Computer Rich Science Classroom,” examined the student experience when using computers in a rural science classroom. He found that 75 percent of students preferred a computer-rich classroom to a traditional one and that 83 percent of students felt a higher level of engagement in classrooms that incorporated computers and technology.

Dr. Ginger Weade, Professor of Teacher Education, was Hunter’s committee chair, while Dr. Krisanna Machtmes, Chair and Associate Professor of Educational Studies, served as advisor. Hunter appreciated their assistance and guidance throughout his study.

“The Patton College provided the support and framework to take on a variety of tasks while maintaining focus on the students we serve,” said Hunter. “My experience there was transformative.”