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Mary John O’Hair, Ed.D.

Department of Educational Leadership Studies
124 Taylor Education Building
(859) 257-8921

Dr. Mary John O’Hair is a professor of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky. Dr. O’Hair served as dean of the UK College of Education (2009-2018). Prior to moving to Kentucky, she served as vice provost and K20 Center director at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. O’Hair began her career as a middle school teacher in Texas and New Mexico. She has a distinguished teaching and research record at three universities and has directed more than 25 doctoral dissertations. Dr. O’Hair has led educational transformation initiatives in two states (Kentucky and Oklahoma) and served as principal investigator for external grants totaling more than $40 million to improve learning and leading in P-12 and higher education, including one U.S. patent for co-inventing an electronic game-based learning system. She has published numerous journal articles and books on topics including innovation and learning, educational leadership, communication, school-university-community partnerships, and international education.

Dr. O’Hair has served on multiple national and state boards, including the Association of Teacher Educators; Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board; AdvancED Kentucky; USDE Regional Education Lab – Appalachia; and Phi Delta Kappa, International.

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Research categories: Communication, Educational Leadership, Innovation, Learning