Keith Hunter

Keith O Hunter

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-5976 Malloy Hall, Room 319


Associate Professor Keith Hunter conducts research in Organizational Network Analysis, Organizational Culture, and Innovation Leadership. He is particularly interested in how social networks both influence and reflect the active mental models and power dynamics within organizations. Dr. Hunter's investigations of the patterns of interaction among people and their implications for human behavior and organizational outcomes are of critical significance to tomorrow's business leaders.

Dr. Hunter's rich background inspires his research and drives the practical orientation of his teaching. During his six years in the US Navy, he served as a team-leader in firefighting, radiological incident response, and shipboard engineering operations. Through this work, Hunter gained a deep understanding of how people work together in both routine and crisis situations. Military service also provided Hunter with valuable lessons regarding effective leadership, team dynamics, and organizational design that apply within a broad range of contexts.

After earning an honorable discharge form the Navy, Dr. Hunter worked for over a decade as a software professional, first as a computer programmer during his undergraduate studies and later as a software engineer supporting and conducting research in the areas of meta-heuristic search, agent-based modeling, and simulation. This work included the development of computational models of small combat teams, consumer behavior, and supply chains.

Hunter pushes his students to link theory and practice and to develop excellence that is driven by a meaningful purpose. He strives to promote strong community engagement and the critical examination of USF’s mission of social justice in all of his courses. He models the way through his own volunteer work, advisement of student organizations, and facilitation of service-learning as a course instructor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

PhD Organizational Behavior and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, PA, 2011
MPhil, Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, PA, 2011
MS, Computer Science, University of Central Florida, FL, 1997
BS, Computer Science, University of Central Florida, FL, 1994
Associate of Arts, Valencia Community College, Orlando, FL, 1991
Graduate, Naval Nuclear Power School, Orlando, FL
Faculty Adviser for the USF Chapter of the Student Veterans of America (2013-2017)
Organizational Network Analysis
Organizational Culture
Organization Design
Innovation Leadership
Selected Publications

Hudson, M., Hunter, K.O. and Pier C. Rogers (2017). Hair and outrospection in the nonprofit sector. Qualitative Research Journal, (17) 2.

Hudson, M. and Hunter, K.O., “Laughing while black: The Wine Train Incident,” Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Society for Case Research, conference presentation, Chicago, IL, USA, (March 2017).

Hudson, M. and Hunter, K.O. (2017). “Blurred lines: happy or harassed,” Case Research Journal, 37(1).

Hudson, M., Hudson, M. and Hunter, K. O. (2016). Between righteous legacy and Pyrrhic victory–an administrator’s dilemma. The CASE Journal, 12(2).

Jones, Huw and Hunter, K.O. (2016). “Leadership style and the stakeholder perspective of organisational performance: a hybrid reflective approach,” Challenging Organizations and Society. 5(2).

Hudson, M. & K.O. Hunter (2016). Another arrow in the quiver: “Magis”, social justice and the EdD. In A.L. Ellis (Eds.), Ed.D. programs as incubators for social justice leadership (pp.173-184). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Hunter, K., Hudson, M., & Boedecker, K. (2015). Seeing the Light or Tilting at Windmills? the Case of Richards-Townshend. Journal of Critical Incidents, 8, 66.

Hunter, K.O. and Wolf, E. (2016).  Cracking the code of process safety culture with organizational network analysis, Process Safety Progress.  35(3).

Henderson, L. S., & Hunter, K. O. (2015). The Communication Conundrum Exercise: Pedagogy for Project-Based Learning. Organization Management Journal, 12(4), 209-220.

Hunter, K.O. (2015) " Sparking Change with Symbols, Stories and Rituals: Mobilizing People with the Symbolic Frame," Annual Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, University of La Verne, La Verne, California.

Hudson, Monika and Keith Hunter (2013) "Positive effects of peer-led reflection on undergraduates’ concept integration and synthesis during service learning," International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Hunter, Keith O. and Monika Hudson (2013) “Mean or misunderstood? Obstacles to women receiving mentorship from other women in law,” Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Henderson, Linda, Kane, Kathleen and Keith Hunter (2012) "The Art of Empowering and Sustaining Teams in the Classroom," Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, Brock University, St. Catharine's, Ontario, Canada.

Hunter, K. O. (2009) “Balance Theory and Planned Organizational Network Change,” INSNA Sunbelt Social Networks Conference, San Diego, CA.

Hunter, K. O. and David Krackhardt (2007) "Structural Facilitators of Organizational Network Change," Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Hunter, Keith & Michael Johnson (2005) "Agent-based Modeling of Housing Mobility," INFORMS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Awards & Distinctions

Outstanding Teacher Award, School of Management, 2016

Jesuit Award, USF Graduate Business Association, 2013, 2014 and 2016

Visiting Professor (honorary), University of Applied Sciences, Kufstein, Austria, 2016

Faculty Team Innovation Award, USF Office of the Provost, 2013

IEEE Orlando Section Outstanding Graduate Student in Computer Science

Member, University Council on Community Engagement 


Delores A. Auzenne Graduate Fellowship, 1994