Megan O'Neill

Megan O'Neill

Associate Professor of English

I teach writing because writing can change the world. The word has power to alter our reality, so we'd better be aware of how it can be used against us--and how we can use it to benefit us all. In practical terms, that means that I am passionate about students of all ages learning in real-world situations to read, think and write critically, honestly and with equal amounts of truth and compassion.

  • Ph.D., English language and literature, University of New Mexico, 1996
  • M.A., English rhetoric and composition, Eastern Washington University, 1992
  • B.A., English creative writing, Eastern Washington University, 1990

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Course Sampling

  • Ethics of Star Trek
  • College Writing
  • Understanding Composition and Rhetoric
  • Grammar and Linguistics

Areas of Expertise

  • Rhetoric, composition, and writing studies
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Pedagogy and student success
  • Yoga, pilates, and meditation

Biography

Megan O'Neill joined Stetson University's English department in 1999. As director of the Writing Program, Megan oversees faculty development around teaching with writing, leads assessment initiatives, and works closely with the Writing Center to coordinate efforts. She teaches courses in writing, rhetoric, composition studies and grammar, in addition to a major authors course on Romantic writer Samuel Taylor Coleridge and a Junior Seminar on Ethics in Star Trek. She has traveled the U.S. widely and has retained the Texas "y'all" and the New England "tomahto" even after two decades in Florida. In her infrequent spare time, she walks on the beach, teaches yoga and Pilates, caters to three spoiled housecats and dances the Argentine tango.

Research

  • Student acquisition and mastery of skills
  • Pedagogical methods and practices
  • Writing program administration and assessment
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Publications

  • "A Force for Educational Change: Refocusing Our Community on Writing." Composition Forum Vol 30, Fall 2014.
  • "Guide to Writing at Stetson University," 4th edition. Stetson-specific guide focusing on writing skills and basic information for all incoming students. Hayden-McNeil, publishers. 2011.
  • "Popular Culture: Perspectives for Readers and Writers," (Heinle and Heinle). Freshman composition reader and accompanying instructor's manual. 2001.