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Willy Hunter

Professor, Chemistry Education
Julian Hall - JH 222
Office Hours
All students: Mon. & Fri. 10-10:50am
LGBTQ+ and their allies: Wed. 10-10:50am
Women in STEM and their allies: Mon. 11-11:50am
First Generation and their allies: Wed. 11-11:50am
Minority-Underrepresented Students and their allies: Fri. 11-11:50am

  • About
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Dr. Hunter was born in England, grew up in Canada and moved to the USA in 1994. He has spent his career working with teachers, students, and professional developers on Chemistry and STEM teacher education curriculum development and instructional methods. He is a devout constructivist and hence tries to put people in position of exploring their own strengths and learning from their own experiences.

Current Courses

401.091Atomic And Molecular Structure

401.091Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry And The Mole

299.008Independent Honor Study In Chemistry

499.008Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

290.008Research in Chemistry

490.008Research In Chemistry

401.091Advanced Chemistry Demonstrations: Gas Properties, Laws, And Reactions

Research Interests & Areas

Ph D Chemistry

Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN, USA

MA Curriculum Studies

Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS, Canada

BA Science and Social Science

Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS, Canada

BA Chemistry

Mount Allison University
Sackville, NB, Canada

Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in STEM Education at the University of Calgary

United States Department of State

Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in STEM Education to Barbados

United States Department of State

Book, Edited

Hunter, W., Orgill, M., & Bodner, G. Action Research as a framework for science education research. Theoretical frameworks for research in chemistry/science education. Pearson Education Publishing (2006): 146-164.

Journal Article

Hunter, W. The Next Generation Science Standards and high school chemistry: First steps of implementation and potential impact.. The Chemical Educator 25 (2020): 59-62.
Chambers, T.M., Gravely, E.C., Hunter, W.J.F. Nielsen, J., & Yezierski, E.J. (2019). Myths about secondary chemistry teaching: Getting the facts out. Journal of Chemical Education. 96(7) pp 1291-1293 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00547
Kaufman, P., Hartman, N., Jones, J., Saripalle, R., Smudde, P., Magnuson, R., & Hunter, W.J.F. (2019). The use of extracurricular interdisciplinary project-based teams in higher education as a catalyst for actionable knowledge. Business Education Innovation Journal. 11(1) pp 126-136.
Mahatanankoon, P., Hunter, W., El-Zanati, S. (2018). Managing an NSF-Funded Information Technology Scholarship Program. Information Systems Education Journal, 16(3) pp 35-44. ISSN: 1545-679X
Hunter, W., Boesdorfer, S., Carver, J., Mumba, F., & Bergman, J. Teaching Atomic Theory using Photoelectron Spectroscopy Data. The Chemical Educator (2013): 1-5.


Prospective Noyce Teacher Candidates’ Pedagogical Orientations towards Inquiry Science Teaching. National Association of Researchers in Science Teaching. (2017)
Implementing the College and Career Ready Standards- Math and Science. Paper presented to the Department of Education Mathematics and Science Partnership Annual Meeting. (2014)
Patterns of growth in chemistry teacher education at Illinois State University. Paper Presented at 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting. (2014)
Strategies for Robert Noyce Project Management. Paper presented to the Midwest Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Annual Meeting. (2014)
Teaching Next Generation Energy Concepts with Next Generation Science Standards: Addressing the Critical Need for a More Energy-Literate Workforce. Paper presented to the Department of Education Mathematics and Science Partnership Annual Meeting. (2014)

Grants & Contracts

Emerging and Effective Culturally Relevant Practices for Mathematics and Science Teaching in High Needs Schools. $2,974,059. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2020)
Oilseed Pennycress: A new cash cover-crop for the Midwest $10,000,000. US Department of Agriculture. Federal. (2019)
A Community Assets Program that Fosters the Next Generation of STEM Leaders $4,649,262. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2018)
Midwest Regional Robert Noyce Connections: STEM in the community. $1,449,000. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2017)
Illinois State University's Noyce Scholarships for STEM Teachers of Under-Represented Groups . $1,444,790. National Science Foundation. Illinois State University. (2015)