Faculty & Staff SpotlightDr. Stephen O’Connor

Stephen O'Connor

Dr. Stephen O’Connor has more than thirty-five years of experience in public education. He began his career as a classroom teacher and has held leadership positions as a building and district administrator, director of curriculum and instruction, and instructional technology. His related experiences include facilitating and guiding school districts in the implementation of instructional technology. Stephen has extensive experience in planning for, and organization of, professional development and continuous improvement initiatives for school districts across Minnesota. He has also served as an “examiner” for the National Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Program. Stephen was the Program Chair for the graduate education program at Argosy University and now serves as an assistant professor for graduate studies and administrator licensing in the Ed.S. and Ed.D. Education Leadership Programs at Concordia University St. Paul.

Academic Credentials

  • Doctor of Education Leadership, Ed.D.
    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Specialist in Education Leadership, Ed.S.
    Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
  • Master of Music, M.M.
    University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Education, B.F.A.
    University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

Areas of Focus

K-12 Education Leadership, Instructional Technology, Online instruction, Adult Learning, Baldrige Performance Excellence, Professional Development, Education Leadership in Rural Settings, Community Partnering

Professional Licenses

  • Minnesota District Superintendent
  • Minnesota Secondary Principal
  • Minnesota Teaching K-12 Music Education

Professional Affiliations

  • Minnesota Association of School Administrators
  • Argosy University, Twin Cities, Institution Review Board (IRB)

Selected Publications, Experiences, Presentations

  • Every Teacher Deserves an Excellent Coach. Presentation and workshop for the Duluth Edison Charter Schools. Back to school workshop, August 21, 2017.
  • Past, Present, and Future: What’s New or Just More of the Same Thing. Featured presenter at Southwest West Central Multi-School District Conference, January 18, 2016.
  • The Shifting Sands in Education. University of Minnesota Osher Life Long Learning Institute Workshop Presenter/Instructor. October 2015.
  • Minnesota Board of School Administrators Collaborative Workgroup (2013 to present)
  • Data Driven Decision Making: An Introduction, (2012) Whitewater eLearning.
  • Microsoft Corporation National K-12 Education Advisory Council (2009-2011)
  • National Baldrige Examiner 2006, 2007, 2008