When Beatrice Hunter came to Cornell in 1918 as an instructor
in clothing, she brought with her expertise and training in the
scientific study of clothing as well as public school experience.
Hunter graduated from Morris High School in New York City in 1906
and then studied at the New York Training School for Teachers.
From 1908 to 1913, she taught in the city schools. By 1913, she
had earned two bachelor's degrees, the first one in the science
of domestic arts and the second in education from Teachers College,
Columbia University. From 1914 to 1919 she continued her studies
in clothing and design at the University of Chicago, where she
also taught costume design.
At Cornell, Hunter specialized in clothing, costume design, and
fine arts. Her professional skills prepared her to teach both
"Principles and Practice in Clothing Construction and Design"
and "Special Methods in Elementary School Subjects." In 1927,
she became a full professor, but she resigned a year later.