Professor Michael O'Neill (PhD)

Professor

BA (Hons), Grad Dip Ed (Murdoch), MEd Management (UWA), MEd Religious Education (Notre Dame Aust.), FACEL

Email: michael.oneill@nd.edu.au
Phone: 9433 0164

  • Biography

    Michael O'Neill is Professor of Education on the Fremantle campus of the University of Notre Dame Australia. Michael held the position of Executive Dean of the School of Education for 14 years, stepping down from that role at the end of 2018. Previously he had over 24 years’ experience in a wide variety of Catholic secondary schools in middle management and senior management roles. He has held the position of Deputy Principal (Curriculum) Head of Secondary and was Acting Principal at a large metropolitan Year 4-12 school. He held a senior role in the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia as Coordinator of Secondary Curriculum, managing a team of curriculum consultants that provided professional development for teachers and leaders within Catholic schools in WA. He has served on several curriculum committees of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority of WA. Michael was a commissioner on the Catholic Education Commission of WA for 6 years. He has also been a ministerial appointment and Vice Chancellors’ of WA nominee to the West Australian College of Teaching (now the Teacher Registration Board of WA).

    Michael has served on syllabus and examination committees for secondary English and English Literature. His research interests include the management of curriculum reform, school improvement, educational policy and school and system leadership. His doctoral studies focused on school and teacher effectiveness in high performing Catholic secondary schools in WA. Michael has acted as a consultant in reviewing leadership and professional development programs at the Catholic Education Office of WA and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). He has served on a variety of committees at the University of Notre Dame including the Core Curriculum Committee and the Academic Council. Michael has also been an Assessor for the federal government’s Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Awards in higher education. In 2016 he received a National Fellowship Award from the Australian College of Educational Leaders.

  • Teaching Areas

    Michael lectures and tutors students in general pedagogy units across Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Programs. He coordinates a unit on Professional, Legal and Ethical responsibilities for Teachers in the undergraduate program. In the post graduate area he teaches units in the Masters by course work program: Leading Curriculum Planning, Mentoring Beginning and Experienced Teachers and Boys Education.

  • Research Expertise and Supervision

    Michael's research interests include instructional leadership, curriculum design, school and teacher effectiveness, the role of parents in student achievement, culture of high performing secondary schools and the impact of wellbeing on student achievement.

  • Journal Articles and Proceedings

    • O'Neill, M., Lavery, S., & Coffey, A. (2017). Parents: Active partners in the educational achievement of their children. eJournal of Catholic Education in Australasia, 2(1).
    • O’Neill, M. (2014). Evaluation of the Catholic Education Office of W.A. Service Delivery Trial 2014. Commissioned Report for the Catholic Education Commission of WA.
    • O’Neill, M. (2014). Evaluation of the Catholic Education Office of W.A. Experienced Principals Program 2014. Commissioned Report for the Catholic Education Commission of WA.
    • O’Neill, M. (2013). Evaluation of the Catholic Education Office of W.A. Experienced Principals Program 2013. Commissioned Report for the Catholic Education Commission of WA and Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
    • Coffey, A., Berlach, R.G., & O’Neill. (2013). Transitioning Year 7 Primary Students to Secondary Settings in Western Australian Catholic Schools: How Successful Was the Move? Research in Middle Level Education Online, 36(10), 1-15.
    • O’Neill, M., Coffey, A., Lavery, S., Oaten, J., & Thompson, L. (2011). The L.E.A.D. project: Leading educational achievement through dialogue 2010. A report of the Research Team of the School of Education, University of Notre Dame Australia.
    • Coffey, A., Berlach, R. G., & O’Neill, M. (2011). Transitioning year 7 primary students to secondary settings in Western Australian Catholic schools: A description of the process. Journal of Catholic School Studies, 83(2), 6-17.
  • Conference Papers

    • O’Neill, M. (2014). Quality teaching: Invitation, initiation and liberation. Key Note address Edmund Rice Australia Principals’ Conference at CBC Fremantle.
    • O’Neill, M. & Glasson, S. (2013). The Professional Development of Experienced Principals: A Systemic Response. AITSL Symposium on School Leadership Melbourne.
  • Personal Affiliations

    • Member of Australian College of Education
    • Member of Australian College of Educational Leaders
  • Community Engagement

    Michael has served as a consultant to educational systems in WA and NSW. He has served on numerous educational committees and school boards and has presented professional development programs to a large number of schools over many years