Dr. O’Neill’s Biography

Dr. Shannon O’Neill is an accomplished and award-winning higher education administrator and advocate. Originally from Minnesota, Dr. O’Neill started her undergraduate career at Marquette University and graduated from St. Catherine University with a B.A. in women’s studies and psychology. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in social psychology from the State University of New York at Albany.

Prior to coming to Albion, she was at Brown University serving as Associate Dean of the College for Junior & Senior Studies, Pre-Law Advisor and the Bruce Donovan ’59 Dean for Recovery and Substance-Free Initiatives. Prior to Brown she was the founding director of the Women’s Center and a faculty member in Women’s Studies at Siena College.

Dr. O’Neill has a passion for engaged learning. She has taught community-engaged courses, created academic travel experiences to examine gender equality in the Nordic countries, and immigration/human rights issues in the American Southwest. In addition, she spent several years working in the addiction treatment field looking at HIV and harm-reduction practices. She began her professional life as an analyst for a training and consulting firm helping organizations to address issues of cultural diversity and sexual harassment prevention.