About KerryAnn O'Meara


KerryAnn O'Meara is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Graduate Studies in the College of Education, a Professor of Higher Education and Director of the ADVANCE Program at the University of Maryland. KerryAnn is a national expert on faculty careers, academic reward systems, and change strategies to make both more equitable. As a consultant and scholar-practitioner she works with campuses to reform their promotion and tenure policies, systems of faculty development, workload policies, and use insights from behavioral and social science to nudge academic institutions toward better systems to recruit, retain and advance a diverse faculty involved in multiple forms of scholarship. Her research has been widely published, appearing in the Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education Journal, Teachers College Record, Gender and Education, and Handbook for Higher Education Research among other venues.

KerryAnn is P.I. of the NSF funded ADVANCE IHE-PLAN, Faculty Workload and Rewards Project (2015-2020), an action research project among natural science, math, engineering, and social science departments in three public state systems to design and implement department-based organizational practices that make faculty workloads more transparent and equitable. Read full biography »


Thriving in Early, Mid, and Late Careers

Faculty Workload and Rewards

Promotion and Tenure Reform

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Recent Work

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Upcoming or Recent Keynotes, Workshops and Presentations

UPCOMING: O'Meara, K. with Jerlando Jackson and Adrianna Kezar. (August 16, 2018). Seminar on Leadership of the Faculty for Academic Leaders. Harvard University. Learn more: www.gse.harvard.edu/ppe/slof

UPCOMING: O'Meara, K. (November 7, 2018). Transforming the Culture of Faculty Service Engagement. Lehigh University. https://advance.cc.lehigh.edu/content/servicesummit2018

O'Meara, K. & Curcio, A. (2018, July 19). Addressing Gender Disparities in Institutional Service Workloads. Women's Leadership in Academia Conference. University of Georgia School of Law. Athens, GA. 

O'Meara, K.  (2018, May 16). MD-DC Campus Compact Institute for Incorporating Community Engaged Teaching & Scholarship in Promotion & Tenure, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

O’Meara, K.. (2018, March 29). Process matters: Adding Clarity, Context and Structure to the Evaluation of Community Engaged Scholarship. IUPUI

O’Meara, K. (2018, March 19-20th). The Hallway Ask and What it Reveals about How we Work. Equity Minded Reform of Academic Reward Systems: What we Can and Should do Now; Faculty Workload Equity by Design; West Virginia University. 

O’Meara, K. (2018, March 15). Disrupting Ruling Relations: The Role of the PROMISE Program as a Third Space. University of California Berkeley.

O’Meara, K. (2018, March 8). The Hallway “Ask” & What it Reveals About How We Work. Purdue University. 

O’Meara, K. (2017, November 17). National Academies (AAAS) Sackler Colloquium. Incentives for Communication of Science. Roundtable Presenter. 

O’Meara, K. (with Timothy Eatman) (2017, November 13). Measures that Matter: Regarding Engaged Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure. UMBC.

O’Meara, K. (2017, August 24). Keynote: By Design. Organizing Careers that Matter & Workshop: Risks Worth Taking: Leading the Inclusive Academic Department. Workshop for Academic Leaders. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

O’Meara, K. (2017, July 13). Equity by Design: Early Findings from the Faculty Workload and Rewards Project. National Science Foundation.

O’Meara, K. (2017, May 24). Engagement Matters: Developing a Career as a Community Engaged Scholar. Raritan Valley Community College.

O’Meara, K. (2017, May 11). Thriving in Mid-Career: Strategies for Action. University of Southern Indiana.

O’Meara, K. (2017, February 21). Risks worth Taking: Leading the Inclusive Academic Department. University of California Los Angeles.

O’Meara, K. (2017, February 21). Reducing Faculty Departure “Fog” and Enhancing Retention.  School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles.

O’Meara, K. (2017, February 10). Advancing Equity, Equality, and Quality. George Mason  University.

O’Meara, K. (2017, January 11). Rethinking the Zero Sum Game: Organizing for Synergy between Teaching, Research and Community Engagement. Towson University.