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PhD, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
Assistant Professor
Education Leadership
PhD in Education and Human Development

Contact Information

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Phone: (703) 993-4485
Fax: (703) 993-3643
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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 1301
4400 University Dr.
MS 4C2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Dr. Seth B Hunter is Assistant Professor of Education Leadership, with Mason affiliations in Research Methods and Education Policy. He is also affiliated with the Tennessee Education Research Alliance, a partnership among Vanderbilt University, the Tennessee Department of Education, and independent researchers. His research interests include the intersection of educator (i.e. teacher, principal) professional development and evaluation, educator observation systems and practices, and teacher leadership. To explore these topics Dr. Hunter primarily applies econometric techniques to large-scale non-experimental data. Some of his work employs psychometric or qualitative methods. 

Before his academic career, Dr. Hunter worked/ served in various K-12 organizations including: the Kentucky Department of Education as a field agent supporting teacher leaders, principals, and superintendents; Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics as President; Kentucky Education Association as State Representative; and classroom teacher of middle and high school students.

Because of his research and professional experiences, Dr. Hunter has advised the Kentucky and Tennessee Departments of Education on matters of education policy and practice.

Dr. Hunter is happily married to Dr. Amy English Hunter and they are the proud parents of two children. Aside from his love of work and family, Dr. Hunter also loves ice hockey, puzzles, interesting foods, and many kinds of music. 

Research Interests

Practices and policies concerning educator evaluation and observation

Teacher leadership

Measurement properties of observations

Education policy

Recent Publications

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