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Benjamin Hotmire

Dean of Business, Education, & Social 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, Science 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.

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 nearly three decades as an educator, Dr. Hotmire graduated from Taylor University in 1998. It was here where he began to form his foundational philosophies on teaching, learning, and leadership, and when God called him back to Taylor in 2014, he affirmed a hunch he had held since his early 20s – there is truly something special about a Taylor graduate. Because Taylor students see the world as it can be rather than how it is, they hold a unique influence over those they interact with, and this influence is magnetizing. Hiring managers intentionally seek out our Taylor grads, and while they cannot always put their finger on it, we inside the Loop know why: We are servant-leaders who understand that the call of education invites us to be bearers of salt and light who always walk forward with the towel in our hand.


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