Julie O'Connell, PhD

 I was Chair of Developmental Studies at Felician College from 2010-2013.  From 2008 to 2010, I taught composition and literature courses for the Department of English at Seton Hall University. From 2000 to 2010, I served as the Director of the Felician College Writing Lab.  During that time, I co-authored a corporate ESL curriculum which I taught at the Federal Reserve Bank in East Rutherford, NJ. I also developed and taught a ten week Praxis II preparation course for Teacher Education students.  Prior to these experiences, I worked as a Learning Specialist at Rutgers University, a Corporate Trainer teaching basic skills to employees, and a high school English teacher.

Field(s) of Interest/Expertise

I have taught courses in developmental writing, rhetoric and composition, literature, reading, ESL, and Business Communications. I have given numerous presentations on learning styles, study strategies, time management, test preparation, test taking, note taking, and reading skills for undergraduate students. I have a special interest in working with students who have learning disabilities and other kinds of academic challenges, such as Asperger's Syndrome. I am interested in new approaches to remediation and developmental education as well as the impact domestic poverty has on one's access to literacy skills. 

Courses Taught at Felician University

Reading and Writing Workshop
Reading Comprehension/Reading Seminar
Writing the College Essay
Introduction to Literature
Business Communications
Reading - ESL
Freshman Year Experience
The Short Story


Praxis II Elementary Education: Content Area Exercises
Research & Education Association, Inc., 2009. (author)
Betcha Didn't Know That: Volume I
National Appraisal Consultants; 1st edition, 2007 (editor).
Praxis PPST
Research and Education Association Inc. (co-author).
ICTS - The Best Test Prep for the IL Certification Testing System
Research and Education Association, Inc. (co-editor).
Office Location:
Kirby Hall 315
Contact Phone:
(201) 559-6169


D Litt, Drew University, 2010
MAT, Brown University, 1992
BA in English, Georgetown University, 1991

Positions Held

Felician College, Assistant Professor of English, (2010-present)
Seton Hall University, Instructor of English (2008-2010)
Felician College, Director of the Writing Lab (2000-2008)