College of Education *
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KerryAnn O'Meara (CHSE)
KerryAnn O'Meara
Contact Information:
Room: 3112-C Benjamin Building
Phone: (301) 405-5579

KerryAnn O'Meara (Ph.D., University of Maryland)
Professor, Higher Education; HESI
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE)

Research Labs, Centers, Affiliations and Special Appointments:
Director, University of Maryland ADVANCE Program
Affiliate Faculty in Women's Studies
P.I. Faculty Workload and Rewards Project (2015-2020), an NSF ADVANCE IHE PLAN Grant (1463898)


Research Interests | Bio | Honors & Awards | Publications |

Research Interests

Dr. O'Meara conducts research on organizational practices that facilitate the full participation of diverse faculty and the legitimacy of diverse scholarship in the academy. She studies organizational policies, practices and cultures with an eye toward changing them to be more inclusive, equitable, and agency-enhancing for all faculty. Her recent work examines how work environments and reward systems enhance faculty agency and influence departure, the role of peer networks in advancing equity and inclusion, and gender equity in workload and distribution of campus service. Her work has been published in the Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education and Gender and Education, among other venues. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, Kettering Foundation, Luce Foundation, College Board, former American Association of Higher Education (AAHE), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and Teagle Foundation. She serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Higher Education and as Associate Editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. KerryAnn regularly consults with campuses on revision of reward system policies to support multiple forms of scholarship, gender equity reform, faculty development and engaged scholarship.


Professional Biography

Dr. KerryAnn O'Meara is Professor of Higher Education, Director of the ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence, and Affiliate Faculty in Womens Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. O'Meara received her BA in English Literature from Loyola University in Maryland, her MA in Higher Education from The Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of Maryland. KerryAnn spent two years working as a Research Associate at Harvard University's Project on Faculty Appointments, and six years on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst before joining the faculty at the University of Maryland College Park in Fall, 2007. She studies how faculty are retained and advanced within academic reward systems with the goal of improving higher education to be more equitable and inclusive of diverse faculty, and more supportive of newer forms of scholarship. She teaches courses on the Academic Profession, Organizational Change in Higher Education, Women in Higher Education, Ranking Systems in Higher Education and Doctoral Proseminar. KerryAnn's research, teaching and service are highly integrated and engaged. KerryAnn directs the University of Maryland ADVANCE program which aims to improve faculty work environments and advance gender equity. She collaborates with colleagues nationally and internationally to shape academic reward system reform to support newer forms of scholarship and equity minded reform in faculty roles and rewards.

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Honors & Awards

The Award of Distinction. The Ohio State University.(2017)

Outstanding Woman of the Year, University of Maryland, (2013).

Graduate Mentor of the Year Award, University of Maryland, (2012).

Early Career Research Award, International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, (2008).

Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, School of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst, (2003).

Emerging Leader Award, National Society for Experiential Education, (1998).

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Selected Publications

Edited Book

O'Meara, K. A., & Rice, R. E. (Eds.) (2005). Faculty priorities reconsidered: Encouraging multiple forms of scholarship. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Journal Articles

O’Meara, K., Templeton, L. & Nyunt, G. (in press). Earning Professional Legitimacy: Challenges Faced by Women, Under-Represented Minority and Non-Tenure Track Faculty. Teachers College Record.

pdf icon O’Meara, K. Kuvaeva, A., Nyunt, G., Jackson, R. & Waugaman, C. (2017). Asked More Often: Gender Differences in Faculty Workload in Research Universities and the Work Interactions that Shape Them. AERJ-SIA. Vol. XX, No. X, pp. 1–33.

pdf icon O’Meara, K., Fink, J. & White-Lewis, D. (2017). Who's looking? Examining the role of gender and rank in faculty outside offers. NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education.

pdf icon O’Meara, K., Rivera, M. Kuvaeva, A. & Corrigan, K. (2017). Faculty Learning Matters: Organizational Conditions and Contexts that Shape Faculty Learning. Innovative Higher Education. 42 (4). 1-22.

pdf icon O’Meara, K., Kuvaeva, A., & Nyunt, G. (2017). Constrained Choices: A View of Campus Service Inequality from Annual Faculty Reports. Journal of Higher Education. 1-29.

pdf icon Jaeger, A., Mitchall, A., O’Meara, K., Grantham, A., Zhang, J., & Eliason, J., & Cowdery, K. (2016). Push and Pull: The Influence of Race/Ethnicity on Agency in Doctoral Student Career Advancement. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. doi:

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2016). Whose Problem is It? Gender Differences in Faculty Thinking about Campus Service. Teachers College Record. 118, 080306. 1-38.

pdf icon O'Meara, K., Bennett, J.C. & Niehaus, E. (2016). Left Unsaid: The Role of Work Expectations and Psychological Contracts in Faculty Careers and Departure. Review of Higher Education. 39(2), p. 269-297

pdf icon O'Meara, K. & Stromquist, N. (2015). Faculty peer networks: Role and relevance in advancing agency and gender equity. Gender and education. 27(3), 338-358.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2015). A career with a view: Agentic perspectives of women faculty. Journal of Higher Education, 86(3), 331-359.

pdf icon O'Meara, K., Lounder, A., & Campbell, C. (2014). To heaven or hell: Sensemaking about why faculty leave. The Journal of Higher Education, 85(5), 603-632.

pdf icon O'Meara, K., Jaeger, A., Eliason, J., Grantham, A., Cowdery, K., Mitchall, A. & Zhang, J. (2014). By Design: How departments influence graduate student agency in career advancement. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 9, 155-179.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2014). Half-Way out: How requiring outside offers to raise salaries influences faculty retention and organizational commitment. Research in Higher Education. Published online July 2, 2014, (DOI) 10.1007/s11162-014-9341-z

pdf icon Niehaus, E. & O'Meara, K. (2014). Invisible but essential: The role of professional networks in promoting faculty agency in career advancement. Innovative Higher Education, 40(2). DOI 10.1007/s10755-014-9302-7

pdf icon Terosky, A., O'Meara, K. & Campbell, C. (2014). Enabling possibility: Women associate professors' sense of agency in career advancement. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 7(1), 58-76.

pdf icon Campbell, C.M. & O'Meara, K. (2013, June 19th). Faculty agency: Departmental contexts that matter in faculty careers. Research in Higher Education, 54(4).

pdf icon O'Meara, K., Lounder, A. & Hodges, A. (2013). University leaders' use of episodic power to support faculty community engagement. Michigan Journal of Community Service -Learning, 19(2), 5-20.

pdf icon O'Meara, K., Knudsen, K. & Jones, J. (2013). The Role of emotional competencies in faculty-doctoral student relationships. Review of Higher Education, 36(3), 315-348

pdf icon Lundquist, J. H., Misra, J. & O'Meara, K. (2013). An analysis of parental leave usage by fathers and mothers at an American university. Fathering: A Journal of Research, Theory, and Practice about Men as Fathers, 10(3). 337-363.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. & Campbell, C.M. (2011, Spring). Faculty sense of agency in decisions about work and family. Review of Higher Education, 34(3): 447-476.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. Sandmann, L.R., Saltmarsh, J. & Giles, D.E. (2011). Studying the professional lives and work of faculty involved in community engagement. Innovative Higher Education, 36(2). 83-96.

pdf icon O'Meara, K., & Bloomgarden, A. (2010). The pursuit of prestige: Examining the consequences of striving for faculty work-life, reward systems, and satisfaction. Journal of the Professoriate, 4(1). 40-74.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. & Niehaus, E. (2009). Service-learning is... How faculty explain their practice. Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning, 16(1). 1-16.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2008) Motivation for faculty community engagement: Learning from exemplars. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 12(1), 7-29.

pdf icon Sandmann, L., Saltmarsh, J. & O'Meara, K. (2008). An integrated model for advancing the scholarship of engagement: Creating academic homes for the engaged scholar. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 12(1), 47-63.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2007). Stepping up: How one faculty learning community influenced faculty members' understanding and use of active learning methods and course design. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 18(2), 97-118.

pdf icon Bloomgarden, A. & O'Meara, K. (2007). Harmony or cacophony? Faculty role integration and community engagement. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 13(2), 5-18.

pdf icon O'Meara, K., & Jaeger, A. (2007). Preparing future faculty for community engagement: History, barriers, facilitators, models and recommendations. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 11(4), 3-26.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. & Braskamp, L. (2005). Aligning faculty reward systems and development to promote faculty and student growth. National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Journal, 42(2), 223-240.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2005). Encouraging multiple forms of scholarship in faculty reward systems: Does it make a difference? Research in Higher Education, 46(5), 479-510.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2005). Encouraging multiple forms of scholarship in faculty reward systems: Influence on faculty work-life. Planning for Higher Education, 34(2), 43-53.

pdf icon Crosson, P., Douglas, K., O'Meara, K., & Sperling, C. A. (2005). A community college leadership academy: Developing leaders in Massachusetts. Community College Review, 33(2). 45-63.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2005).The Courage to be Experimental: How one faculty learning community influenced faculty teaching careers, understanding of how students learn and assessment. Journal of Faculty Development. 20(3), 153-160.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2004). Reframing incentives and rewards for community service-learning and academic outreach. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 8(2), 201-220.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2004). Beliefs about post-tenure review: The influence of autonomy, collegiality, career stage, and institutional context. The Journal of Higher Education, 75(2), 178-202.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2003). Believing is seeing: The influence of beliefs and expectations on post-tenure review in one state system. Review of Higher Education, 27(1), 17-44.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2002). Uncovering the values in faculty evaluation of service as scholarship. Review of Higher Education, 26(1), 57-80.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2001). Assessing and improving outreach through objectives. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 6(2), 45-56.

Chapters in Edited Books

pdf icon Martin, A. & O’Meara, K. (2017). Conditions Enabling Women’s Leadership in Community Colleges. Pamela Eddy & Kelly Ward (Eds). Critical Approaches to Women and Gender in Higher Education. Palgrave.

pdf icon O’Meara, K. & DeCrosta, L. (2016). More Than a Zero-Sum Game: Shared Work Agreements. pp. 130-142. In A. Kezar & D. Maxey. The Faculty for the 21st Century. Rutgers University Press.

pdf icon Orphan, C. M. & O’Meara, K. (2016). Next Generation Engagement Scholars in the Neoliberal University. pp. 214 to 231. In Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education. Eds. M.A. Post; E. Ward; N.V. Longo; and J. Saltmarsh. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

pdf icon O’Meara, K.  (2016). Legitimacy, Agency, and Inequality: Organizational Practices for Full Participation of Community-Engaged Faculty. pp. 96-109 In Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education. Eds. M.A. Post; E. Ward; N.V. Longo; and J. Saltmarsh. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing. 

pdf icon O’Meara, K. (2015). How Scholarship Reconsidered Disrupted the Promotion and Tenure System. P. 41-47. In Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate. Updated and Expanded by Drew Moser, Todd C. Ream, John M. Braxton and Associates. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

pdf icon O’Meara, K. (2015). Dismantling Inequality Regarding Scholarship. Democracy’s Education. p. 126-130.  Editor: Boyte, H. Vanderbilt University Press.

O'Meara, K. (2012). Research on faculty motivation for service learning. Chapter 3.2. In Clayton, P., Bringle, R. & Hatcher, J (Eds.), Research on Service-learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Assessment, p. 215-243. Stylus Publishing, LLC.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2011). Inside the panopticon: Studying academic reward systems (p. 161-220) In J.C. Smart, M.B. Paulsen (eds.), Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, 26. New York: Springer.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2011). Faculty civic engagement: New training, assumptions, and markets needed for the engaged American scholar. (pp. 177-198). John Saltmarsh and Matt Hartley, (Eds). "To serve a larger purpose:" Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2010). Rewarding multiple forms of scholarship: Promotion and tenure (pp. 271-294). In Fitzgerald, H. Burack, C. & Seifer, S. (eds). Handbook of engaged scholarship, Volume I: Institutional Change. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.

pdf icon Saltmarsh, J., Giles D. E. Jr., O'Meara, K., Sandmann, L., Ward, E.& Buglione, S. M. (2009). The institutional home for faculty engagement: An investigation of reward policies at engaged campuses. P. 3-30. Advances in Service Learning Research, Information Age Publishing.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2008).Graduate education and community engagement. P. 27-43. In Colbeck, C.L., O’Meara, K. & Austin, A. (Eds). (2008). Educating Integrated Professionals: Theory and Practice on Preparation for the Professoriate: New Directions for Teaching and Learning 113, 27-42.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. A. (2007). Striving for what? Exploring the pursuit of prestige. In J.D. Smart (Ed), Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, 22 (pp. 121-179). New York: Springer.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2006). Encouraging multiple forms of scholarship in faculty reward systems: Have academic cultures really changed? (pp. 77-96). In J. Braxton (Ed.), Analyzing faculty work and rewards: Using Boyer's four domains of scholarship. New Directions for Institutional Research, 129.

O'Meara, K. (2005). Principles of good practice: Encouraging multiple forms of scholarship in policy and practice. In K. A. O'Meara & R. E. Rice (Eds.), Faculty priorities reconsidered: Encouraging multiple forms of scholarship (pp. 290-302). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

O'Meara, K. (2005). Effects of encouraging multiple forms of scholarship nationwide and across institutional types. In K. A. O'Meara & R. E. Rice (Eds.), Faculty priorities reconsidered: Encouraging multiple forms of scholarship, (pp. 255-289). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

O'Meara, K. & Rice, R. E. (2005). Introduction. In K. A. O’Meara & R. E. Rice (Eds.), Faculty priorities reconsidered: Encouraging multiple forms of scholarship, (p. 1-16). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

O'Meara, K. (2000). Climbing the academic ladder: Promotion in rank. In K. Trower (Ed.), Policies on faculty appointment: Standard practices and unusual arrangements, (pp. 141-179). Bolton, MA: Anker.


pdf icon O'Meara, K., Terosky, A.L. & Neumann, A. (2008). Faculty careers and work lives: A professional growth perspective. ASHE Higher Education Report, 34(3). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Edited Monograph

pdf icon Colbeck, C.L., O'Meara, K. & Austin, A. (eds). (2008). Educating integrated professionals: Theory and practice on preparation for the professoriate. New Directions for Teaching and Learning Volume, 113.

Scholarly Magazine, Quarterly, Essays and Reports

O'Meara, K. (December, 2015). Flexible Workplace Agreements: Enabling Higher Education's Strategic Advantage

O’Meara, K., Eatman, T. & Peterson, S. (2015). Advancing Engaged Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure: A Roadmap and Call for Reform. Liberal Education, 101(3).'meara

O’Meara, K. (2014), January 13. Change the Tenure System. Inside Higher Education. Retrieved from

Thomas, S., O’Meara, K. &  Espy-Wilson, C. (2014). ADVANCING Faculty Diversity: Building the Architecture for Inclusion. Faculty Voice. University of Maryland System. Faculty Diversity- October 2014 Faculty Voice Article-1.pdf

Saltmarsh, J., O’Meara, K. Sandmann, L., Giles, D., Cowdery, K., & Liang, J. (2014). Becoming a steward of place: Lessons from AASCU Carnegie Community Engagement Applications. American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Washington, D.C.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. (2013). Advancing Graduate Student Agency. Higher Education in Review, 10, 1-10.

pdf icon Weiland, K.L., Guzman, A., & O'Meara, K. (2013). Politics, Identity, and College Protest: Then and Now. About Campus, 18(2), 2-9.

pdf icon LaRiviere, K.,Snider, J. & Stromberg, A. & O'Meara, K. (2012, July/August). Protest: Critical lessons of using digital media for social change. About Campus, 17(3), 10-17.

pdf icon Terosky, A. & O'Meara, K. (2011). Assuming agency: The power of strategy and networks in faculty professional lives. Liberal Education. 97(3/4) 54-59.

pdf icon Meekins, M. & O'Meara, K. (2011, Winter). Ranking contributions to place: Developing an alternative model for competition in higher education. Public Purpose, p. 6-9. Washington, D.C.: AASCU.

pdf icon Lounder, A. Waugaman, C., Kenyon, M., Levine, A. Meekins, R. & O'Meara, K. (2011). Following the cuts: Effects of the recession on faculty careers and work lives. Liberal Education. 97(1). 20-29.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. & LaPointe Terosky, A. (2010, November/December) Engendering faculty professional growth. Change magazine. 42(6), 44-51.

pdf icon O'Meara, K. Kaufman, R., & Kuntz, A. (2003). Faculty work in challenging times: Trends, consequences and implications. Liberal Education, 89(4), 16-23.

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