Paula N. O’Neill, M.Ed., Ed.D.

Senior Consultant

Dr. O’Neill is a Senior Consultant for AAL and works extensively in the areas of curriculum design and assessment, Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accreditation, and interprofessional education, as well as writing for various academic publications. Her executive coaching experience includes career coaching in higher education, professional development and leadership, and coaching for high-potential executives. Dr. O’Neil is an instructor for AAL’s ITL program.

In addition to her role at AAL, Dr. O’Neill has served in faculty and leadership roles in health science education for more than 30 years. Since beginning her career, she has served as a medical educator and Director/Vice Chair of multiple departments within teaching hospitals and medical schools. She is Professor Emerita of Diagnostic Sciences and served as Associate Dean for Professional Development and Faculty Affairs at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston for 16 years, retiring in November of 2013.

Dr. O’Neill has consulted with more than 100 institutions nationally and internationally and presented more than 400 invited seminars and workshops. Her expertise includes curriculum development and evaluation; faculty recruitment, development, and retention; teaching and learning; interprofessional education; mentoring; developing leadership capacity; conflict resolution; institutional effectiveness; professional accreditation processes; trends in higher education; and diversity and inclusion. She has published nationally on faculty development and educational research in peer-reviewed journals, served two terms on the Editorial Review Boards of the Journal of Dental Education and Computers in Nursing, chaired two National Institutes of Health (NIH) study sections, and was a member of ADEA’s Commission on Change and Innovation (CCI). She is a 2002 Fellow of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women and has received numerous awards during her career.

In 2006, she was selected to receive The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston President’s Award for Mentoring Women. She is a founding member of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston Dean’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars and was elected into membership of The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education, a statewide Academy for outstanding educators in September 2008. She was awarded The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston President’s Scholar Award for Teaching in 2012 and was also selected as a University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2012. She was elected to honorary membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon’s Mu Mu Chapter at UT Houston and to the University of Texas Houston Dental Hygienists’ Alumni Association. She has been the principal investigator for numerous educational research grants, was co-director for foundation or corporate grants, and was the principal investigator for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Summer Medical and Dental Education Program and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded Hispanic Center of Excellence.

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