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Patricia O'Connell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Leadership


  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Toledo
  • M.B.A., University of Toledo
  • B.S., Business Studies, Miami University

Areas of Expertise


  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational Development
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Interpersonal Leadership
  • Women in Leadership
  • Connective and Multicultural Leadership
  • Educational Psychology
  • Adolescent and Adult Development
  • Human Development
  • Curriculum and Instruction

Professional Affiliations

  • International Leadership Association
  • Rotary International
  • Empowering Women Network
  • Ewomennetwork
  • American Association of University Women

Recent Presentations

  • “Simplified Universal Framework for Lifelong Leadership Development.” Presentation to International Leadership, Learning, & Service Retreat, Perugia, Italy, July, 2012
  • “Walking with Francis:  Leadership for the 21st Century.” Presentation to AFCU Symposium, La Crosse, Wisconsin, June 2012
  • “The KaleadeScape Process:  Decision Tools for High Performing Teams.” Presentation to International Leadership Association International Conference, London, England, October, 2011
  • “Concepts for a Universal Leadership Development Framework.”  Presentation to Franciscan Leadership, Learning and Service Conference, Perugia, Italy, July 2011
  • “Toward a Universal Leadership Development Model.” Presentation at Franciscan International Leadership Institute, Perugia, Italy, July, 2011
  • ASLI Leadership Institute Course and Project. Developed and delivered one-week international leadership development course in Vesprem, Hungary and Szeged, Hungary, June-July 2011
  • "The Significant Other Sides of Baseball: Leadership Development Opportunities for Young Leaders." Presentation to the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and the American Culture, Cooperstown, NY, June, 2010.
  • “Focusing International Experiences on the Care of Creation.” Dariel Jacobs and Patricia O’Connell. Presentation to the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities Symposium, June 2010.
  • "Finding Your Leadership Voice." Seminar presentation given at the The Twenty-Sixth Annual Kansas State University Academic Chairpersons Conference, Orlando, Florida, February, 2009
  • "Finding Your Voice as A Woman Entrepreneur." Keynote Presentation to Indianapolis Chapter of Ewomennetwork organization, October, 2008
  • "How To Develop and Conduct Collaborative and Constructive Faculty Evaluations and Appraisals." Presentation to be given at the The Twenty-Fifth Annual Kansas State University Academic Chairpersons Conference, Orlando, Florida, 2008
  • "A Look Through the Glass Ceiling: Challenges Women Leaders Face." Presentations: Leadership Principles and Practice, Lourdes College, 2008; Annual Research Symposium, Lourdes College, 2008.

Recent Publications

  • O’Connell, P.K. & Jacobs, D. (2011). Using care of creation principles in workplace interaction:  A case study. AFCU Symposium Papers News, 2011.  Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies:  Aston, PA.
  • Schmakel, P. (2008, November). Early adolescents’ perspectives on instructional practices for  motivation and achievement in academic learning. Urban  Education Journal.

Recent Awards

  • Endowed Chair Faculty Designation, Lourdes University
  • Ohio Magazine Excellence in Education Award
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Lourdes University
  • Monsignor Harrington Award/Honorary Diploma, Central Catholic High School
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Supporter of Entrepreneurship Category
  • Tribute to Women in Industry Honoree


Patricia OConnell
Patricia K. O’Connell
Office: ASI 272
Phone: 419-824-3698