Hunter O'Hara


(813) 258-7424



401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606

Building Location

PH 441

Meet Hunter O'Hara

Professor, Education


1979 West Virginia State College, B.S.
1987 Marshall University, M.A.
1992 West Virginia University, Ed.D.

Courses Taught:

Philosophy of Education and Teacher Learner Relationships
Diversity and Ethics
Teaching Music, Art and Physical Education in the Elementary Classroom
Curriculum Theory

Career Specialties:

Hunter O'Hara specializes in early childhood education, music education, diversity education and literacy education.

Professional and Community Activities:

O'Hara is the author of an original philosophical construct of the transcendent teacher learner relationship. His pedagogical relationship research also led him to develop the foundational construct of the shamanic teacherThe transcendent and shamanic constructs were built on data derived from heuristic methodology studies that were conducted in Denmark and the United States over a 25-year period. His research stands at the intersection of education philosophy, education psychology and best practice. O'Hara's book, Transcendent Teacher Learner Relationships: The Way of the Shamanic Teacher is available through Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, Boston Taipei. The first two chapters of the book are available at His research is published in a range of journals including: Childhood Education, Journal of Early Childhood Education, Multicultural Education, Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice, College Quarterly and Journal of the Professoriate. O'Hara is a former public school teacher, grades 1-12. He is an academic leader having served as UT Department of Education chair for 11 years. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. He also serves on doctoral committees at the University of Hawaii and the University of South Florida.