Institute Faculty

Nancy O'Neill

Nancy O'Neill

Acting Director of the William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland

Nancy O’Neill is the Acting Director of the William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation at the University System of Maryland. In that role, she leads system-wide and statewide initiatives focused on increasing access, affordability, and achievement, including the Maryland Open Source Textbook initiative (M.O.S.T.), a statewide initiative that spans public and private, 2- and 4-year institutions and provides grants and other capacity-building support for robust use of OER. Prior to this role, she served as the director of the teaching and learning center at the University of Baltimore and spent a decade in senior staff roles at AAC&U. Nancy earned a B.A. in Journalism and Social Criticism from the University at Buffalo (SUNY); an M.A. in American Students and an M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park; and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Her dissertation examined faculty use of OER in relation to the content and teaching affordances made possible by open licensing.

Areas of Expertise

  • Curriculum planning and mapping
  • Faculty use of OER
  • Inclusive excellence
  • Leading system-wide/statewide OER efforts
  • Navigating change
  • Outcome assessment