Associate Professor Emerita and Chair, Department Counseling, Human Development and Family Science

Dr. Hunter is a passionate supporter of graduate students preparing for careers as higher education and student affairs administrators. Working with both master's degree and doctoral students, she strives to complicate their thinking about campus life and ways they can support student learning both inside and outside the classroom.

Previously serving as Associate Dean of the College of Education Social Services, her extensive experience included teaching a wide range of courses on Higher Education Student Affairs (HESA). She served as a board member of the Legal Issues in Higher Education annual conference and regularly presented at ACPA (American College Personnel Association), ASHE (Association for the Study of Higher Education), and others.

Awards and Recognition

  • Jackie M. Gribbons Extraordinary Service Award from The College of Education and Social Services at The University of Vermont (2007)
  • Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award from The University of Vermont (2005)
  • Annuit Coeptis Award from American College Personnel Association: Recognition by a national professional association of contributions to the student affairs profession (2005)

Associations and Affiliations

  • American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
  • National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
  • Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA)
Deb Hunter

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Educational policy
  • Higher education
  • Student affairs


  • Ph.D. in Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University


  • (802) 656-2030
Office Location:

201 Mann Hall

Courses Taught

  • Capstone
  • Controversies of the Academy
  • Leadership and the Creative Imagination
  • The (Un) Changing Academy