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Mary John O’Hair, Ed.D.

Department of Educational Leadership Studies
111 Dickey Hall

Dr. Mary John O’Hair is a professor of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky. Dr. O’Hair began her career as a middle school teacher in Texas and New Mexico. She has a distinguished teaching record at four universities and has directed more than 20 doctoral dissertations. Dr. O’Hair has led educational transformation initiatives in two states (Kentucky and Oklahoma). She has received over $40 million in external grants and contracts focusing on improving learning in P-12 and higher education, including one U.S. patent for inventing an electronic game-based learning system. She has published more than 50 journal articles and books on topics including school-university-community partnerships, STEM education, and communication.

Under Dr. O’Hair’s tenure as Dean of the College of Education, new statewide initiatives to transform Kentucky education flourished, including the UK Next Generation Leadership Academy. Dr. O’Hair has served on the board of the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board; The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky; the U.S. Department of Education’s Regional Education Lab – Appalachia; One Parent Scholars; and Phi Delta Kappa, International.