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Benjamin Hotmire

Dean of Business, Education, and Social & Behavioral Sciences

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authentic pedagogy mentoring reflective pedagogical practices student leadership


  • PhD, Curriculum (cognates: Educational Technology and Social Foundations of Education), Ball State University
  • MA, Teaching, Wright State University
  • BS, Elementary Education (JH/MS Science and Social Studies), Taylor University

Career Highlights

Dr. Hotmire spent the first 15 years of his career in public education as a teacher, coach, and athletic administrator. He joined the Taylor University Education Department in 2014 and began serving as Department Chair in 2018. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Hotmire has developed strategic partnerships and presented research on mentoring, personality development in teachers, and authenticity in the classroom with K12 leaders and educational organizations throughout the United States, the Bahamas, Ireland, Northern Ireland, China, and South Korea. Throughout his time at Taylor, Dr. Hotmire has led the Education Department in its expansion of Taylor’s Transition to Teaching and Online Licensure graduate programs, TESOL programs, and launched the undergraduate Education Mentoring Program. He is now the Dean of Business, Education, & Social and Behavioral Science.

Featured Scholarship

Hotmire, B. J. & Simmons, H. (2023, February). How one EPP used undergraduate mentoring to support candidates and target retention. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education National Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Hotmire, B. J. (2020, May). Personal Teacher Profile: Helping pre-service teachers increase self-awareness and discover their teaching personality. The International Christian Community for Teacher Education Conference, Mount Vernon, OH.

Hotmire, B. J. & Ross, A. (2018, March). University is more than classes and homework: Taylor World Outreach. Campus Compact National Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Hotmire, B. J. (2016, October). The role of authenticity in teaching and learning. Paper presented at The Third International Symposium on Primary Education, Beijing, China.



Spending time with family, traveling, running/exercising, playing drums