John D. Hunt
Professor of Education and Director of Education in the STEM Institute., School of Education
Motto: If you are not having fun teaching, then your students are not having fun learning!
My life's journey began in China. I was born in Wuhu and attended a missionary boarding school in Kuling, China. My parents and teachers instilled in me a love of God, a love of children, a love of teaching and, in particular, a love for science. My first form teacher, Mrs. Houghton, encouraged me to love nature! I was, and still am, called to be a science teacher! My formal education continued in England and Canada and while I was in grade thirteen in Manitoba, Canada, I won a track scholarship to Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. I studied biology to become a teacher. I had taught K- college level classes for over 43 years in the United States and Germany before arriving at Mississippi College in 2002. After 56 years of teaching, I still love God, working with children, and teaching science. I try to instill this passion for teaching in my teacher - candidate students at Mississippi College so they can instill these same values in their students. For the past fifteen years in addition to teaching at MC, I have had the opportunity of serving 50,000 students in grades 3-8 and 5, 000 parents with STEM - based physics through Science Fun Days. This experience and a grant from a local foundation led to the development of a new STEM institute at Mississippi College. I now serve as education director of this STEM institute in addition to teaching my classes. Last September, for one month, I retured to the land of my birth as a visiting professor to Northeast Normal University in Changchun and Cheifung University in Cheifung, China. I taught counterintuitive events, project-based learning experiences and STEM investigations to third year physics students. These same students taught counterintuitive events they mastered in class to primary students in Changchun and Cheifung.
My research interests are:
* Understanding by Design
(UbD) and Differentiated Instruction
ngineering and M
) - Project-Based Learning
(PBL) Experinces using an Engineering Design Model, and
* Design Thinking
Welcome to my page! I hope you will enroll in one of my classes. Let's have have fun learning together!
B. S. in Biology and Education, Lamar University
M. S. in Zoology/Botany, Stephen F. Austin State University
Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction and Science Education, Baylor University
P. A. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching (1996)
EDU 6535 - Curriculum Development
6:00 - 9:00 PM, Lowrey Hall Room 303
EDU 6540 - Project-Based Science: STEM
6:00 - 9:00 PM, Lowrey Hall Room 206
EDU 6540 - Project-Based Science: STEM (Brookhaven,MS)
6:00-9:00 PM, Brookhaven, MS
EDU 7503 - Instructional Design On-Line
EDU 6541 - Project-Based Chemistry: STEM