Julie O'Connell, D. Litt Assistant Professor of English
I was Chair of Developmental Studies at Felician College from 2010-2013. From 2008 to 2010, I taught composition and literature courses for the Department of English at Seton Hall University. From 2000 to 2010, I served as the Director of the Felician College Writing Lab. During that time, I co-authored a corporate ESL curriculum which I taught at the Federal Reserve Bank in East Rutherford, NJ. I also developed and taught a ten week Praxis II preparation course for Teacher Education students. Prior to these experiences, I worked as a Learning Specialist at Rutgers University, a Corporate Trainer teaching basic skills to employees, and a high school English teacher.
Field of Interest
I have taught courses in developmental writing, rhetoric and composition, literature, reading, ESL, and Business Communications. I have given numerous presentations on learning styles, study strategies, time management, test preparation, test taking, note taking, and reading skills for undergraduate students. I have a special interest in working with students who have learning disabilities and other kinds of academic challenges, such as Asperger's Syndrome. I am interested in new approaches to remediation and developmental education as well as the impact domestic poverty has on one's access to literacy skills.
Courses Taught at Felician University
Reading and Writing Workshop
Reading Comprehension/Reading Seminar
Writing the College Essay
Introduction to Literature
Reading - ESL
Freshman Year Experience
The Short Story