University of Calgary

William Hunter

  • Professor Emeritus


Bill Hunter was born in Northern Ireland. He taught high school English in Akron, Ohio, and earned the Ph.D. at Kent State University (1974). For nine years he taught a variety of courses and coordinated education graduate He worked in educational psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University before moving to the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary to focus his work on educational technology. In 2002, he became the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Education, now Ontario Technological University.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Bill’s current research is focused on the use of online communication technologies internationally in school projects that foster prejudice reduction and build intercultural understanding. He also does research on the use of technology in postsecondary education.

Current Projects

  • “Blended and Online Learning for Intercultural Education “—tentative title of a book to be co-authored with Roger Austin, updating and expanding the work we did in “Online Learning and Community Cohesion.” Routledge has contracted to publish this work.
  • Internationalization in Ontario’s community colleges—paper in preparation with Adam McGregor based on the work in his master’s project. Probable submission accepted for publication in Can. J. of Higher Education.
  • Towards a description of the Fully Online Learning Community Model with Roland vanOostveen and four others. To be submitted to the Can. J. of Learning Technologies


Kent State University

Kent State University

Professional & Community Affiliations

Bill is involved in the continuing development of the Centre for Higher Education Research, Policy, and Planning with offices at Ontario Technological University and the Technological University of Dublin (Dublin, Ireland). 

  • Professor, Ontario Technological University


Austin, R. & Hunter, W. J. (2013). Online Learning and Community Cohesion: Linking Schools. London: Routledge NOW IN PAPERBACK (Aug., 2018) Available:

DiPasquale, J., & Hunter, W. J. (2018). Critical Thinking in Asynchronous Online Discussions: A Systematic Review. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 44(2), n2. Available:

Hunter, W. (2018). Reflections on the Co-Creation of a Course Wiki: An Editorial. The Canadian Journal of Action Research. 18(3), 2-11. Available:

Hunter, W. (2017). Evidence-based teaching in the 21st Century: The missing link. Canadian Journal of Education. 40(2). (Invited)

Hunter, B. (2015a. Teaching for Engagement: Part 1--Constructivist Principles, Case-Based Teaching, and Active Learning. College Quarterly. 18(2), (Invited, first of a series of three)

Photograph of William Hunter
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