Kate E. O’Hara is an associate professor in the Interdisciplinary Studies program, teaching courses that integrate experiential learning and technology.

Her research focus is twofold: 1) the effective use of technology to empower users to become agents of social change and enact a critical pedagogy; 2) education as it relates to contexts of power, oppression, and social justice. She employs the use of narrative and autoethnographic studies, couched within a sociocultural framework.

O’Hara is also an independent instructional technology specialist, instructional designer, and teacher educator. She earned her Ph.D. in Urban Education at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, a Master of Arts in Philosophy at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, a Master of Arts in English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, with minors in English and Sociology, at the University of New Hampshire.

Recent Projects/Research

  • The Building Resilient Communities Project, which engages New York Tech faculty, staff, administrators, and students from multiple schools and departments through concentrated efforts to improve the Bradhurst section of Harlem, N.Y. The project aims to expand the boundaries of traditional classrooms by bringing faculty, students, and staff into the field to apply applications-oriented research that benefits not only the Harlem community, but the larger world. Through their participation, New York Tech students will experience high-impact educational practices including service-learning, practicums, internships, and volunteerism. The project will be in partnership with an existing and committed New York Tech partner, HCCI - Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement. It will comprise three initiatives: After-school Program; New York Tech Neighborhood Design Center; and Health Initiative. O’Hara will contribute efforts to the After-School Program, working with community residents on the development of an indoor hydroponic garden and outdoor raised flatbed gardens that will positively impact students’ academic achievement, and improve students, teachers, and community members’ physical, social, and emotional health. O’Hara will work with NY Sun Works, a non-profit organization that uses hydroponic farming technology to educate students and teachers about the science of sustainability.


  • Greenblatt, D. & O’Hara, K.E. (2015). Buyer Beware: Lessons Learned from edTPA Implementation in New York State. Thought & Action: The Journal of the National Education Association. Vol 31, Summer 2015.
  • O’Hara, K.E. (2015). Traveling the Road of Research: Stories of Teaching and Technology. Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice. Vol 24, No. 1.
  • O’Hara, K.E. [Ed.] (2014) Teacher evaluation: The charge and the challenges. Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education. Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.
  • O’Hara, K.E. (2014). From filtering to Freire: Critical use of the Internet in urban classrooms. Journal of Arts and Humanities. Vol 3, No 6.
  • O’Hara, K.E. (2014). Urban teachers and technology: Critical reflections in the age of accountability. In J.A. Gorlewski, B.J. Porfilio, D.A. Gorlewski, & J. Hopkins (Eds.), Effective or Wise? Teaching and Assessing Professional Dispositions in Education. Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.

Honors and Awards

  • Presidential Engagement Award for Innovative Use of Technology to Engage Students, New York Tech 2017
  • The School of Education Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching, New York Institute of Technology, May 2013
  • National Finalist for 2001 English Language Teaching Contest, created English Teaching by Video, Academy Shuppan of Tokyo, Japan.

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • FCIQ 101: Foundations of Inquiry
  • IDSP 410: Capstone Seminar
  • IDSP 450: Internship/Service Learning
  • EDIT/EDPC 603: Foundations I: Philosophy and Technology of Education
  • EDIT 605: Instructional Applications of the Internet
  • EDIT 701: Contemporary Strategies for Technology Integration in the Curriculum
  • EDIT 722: Interactive 21st Century Teaching and Learning for Secondary Educators
  • EDPC 605: Curriculum Design and Development
  • EDSS 620: Social Studies and Technology
  • EDTR 606: Social Networking Tools for Training
  • EDTR 673: Collaborative Learning Spaces

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