The Rescue Me Project is proud to announce that Dr. Andrea Hunt has joined our team as one of our Youth Life Skills and Leadership Program Facilitators, and Inspirational/Motivational Speakers. Dr. Andrea Hunt is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Family Studies at the University of North Alabama. Her research and teaching focuses on youth outcomes, race and ethnicity, gender, hip-hop culture, and social justice.
Dr. Hunt is a violence prevention educator and has delivered bystander intervention trainings on campus and in the community with elementary-aged children, high school students, first-year college students, Housing and Residence Life, sororities and fraternities, K-12 teachers, and the Children’s Policy Council in Lauderdale County and Etowah County. Dr. Hunt is a facilitator for the Choices program in partnership with the Shoals Chamber of Commerce and teaches local 8th grade students about making good academic and life choices for their future.
She has led professional development workshops in the areas of inquiry-based learning, problem-based learning, creating inclusive classrooms, study skills, and media literacy for teachers and students across the nation. She has taught early college courses at both Deshler and Sheffield High Schools, is a Girl Scout Troop leader, mentors numerous UNA students, works with a girl’s empowerment program in the Shoals, and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
She serves on the board for Crossroads Community Outreach, the SPAN program, Conquering Life, and the Lauderdale County Regional Library. Her recent research is featured in Girls, Aggression, and Intersectionality: Transforming the Discourse of "Mean Girls” in the United States and a recent volume of Advances in Gender Research: Gender and the Media. Dr. Hunt is the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Early Career Service Award, the College of Arts and Sciences Early Career Teaching Award, the UNA Academic Affairs Outstanding Service Award, and the National Society of Leadership and Success Excellence in Teaching Award.