James Edward Hunt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Practice
Assistant Dean, Career and Academic Services
Family Studies and Human Development
1140 E South Campus Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0036
(520) 626-3631

I am, first and foremost, an educator at heart.  I grew up in a family where education was the principle topic of conversation, and in fact, my first job was as a ski instructor to 3- and 4-year-olds. In the course of my graduate education I became increasingly aware of the need for learner centered education for the 21st century.  As part of a forward thinking department, I have been actively involved in learning and teaching via both the tradtitional and online class room.  It has become my passion to provide students in the Norton school with a top-notch, learner-centered educational environment.


Areas of Expertise

  • Pedagoglogical issues in and around teaching
  • Online instructional strategies
  • Faculty preparedness for online education
  • Adolescent risk behaviors and male body image issues

Research Focus

My general areas of research interest follow two different paths.  Primarily I have come to focus my attention on online education.  As such, I am working on preparing courses for graduate students to prepare them to teach in this ever growing educational environment. My secondary area of interest involves male body image and risk behaviors among adolescent males.

Subjects Taught

  • Introduction to human development (undergraduate)
  • Human relations (undergraduate)
  • Learner-centered online instruction (graduate)
  • Adolescent development (undergraduate)
  • Abnormal adolescent development (undergraduate/graduate
  • Program planning (undergraduate/graduate)
  • Program evaluation (undergraduate/graduate)
  • Positive youth development (undergraduate/graduate)

Select Publications

Please contact Dr. James E. Hunt if you are unable to locate one of the publications listed below.

Hunt, J.E., Barber, B.L & Banks, S.R. (2005) Sports participation and positive youth development. In Fisher, C.B. & Lerner, R.M. (Eds.), Applied developmental science: An encyclopedia of research, policies, and programs. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

 Barber, B. L., Stone, M. R., Hunt, J. & Eccles, J. S. (2004). Benefits of activity participation: The roles of identity affirmation and peer group norm sharing. In J. Mahoney, J. Eccles, & R. Larson (Eds.), Organized activities as contexts of development: Extracurricular activities, after-school and community programs. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Eccles, J. S., Barber, B. L., Stone, M. R., & Hunt, J. (2003). Extracurricular activities and adolescent development. Journal of Social Issues, 59, 865-889.

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