Kathleen O'Connell

Kathleen O’Connell

Director of Teaching and Learning Innovation, Sr. Learning Consultant at DoIT - Academic Technology
“Here is a secret hidden in plain sight: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher. In every class I teach, my ability to connect with my students, and to connect them with the subject, depends less on the methods I use than on the degree to which I know and trust my selfhood—and am willing to make it available and vulnerable in the service of learning.”

–Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach

My professional area of interest is institutional transformation and higher education academic change and innovation. I have many years of teaching and clinical health care provider experience, as well as a passion for curriculum development and qualitative research. I continue to explore and observe how authentic teaching and learning are evolving in this 21st century.


PhD, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin–Madison