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Stephen O’Connor

Assistant Professor, Ed.S. Educational Leadership

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 and organizations across Minnesota.  He has also served as an “examiner” for the National Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Program. Stephen currently is an assistant professor for graduate studies and administrator Ed.S. and Ed.D. licensing programs at Concordia University St. Paul. His membership in professional organizations includes ISTE, ASQ, ASCD, and MASA.


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

  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA)

Selected Publications, Experiences, Presentations

  • An Analysis of the Core Competencies for Minnesota Public School Administrators and Practice by School Administrators in Rural School Districts, 2018.
  • Past, Present, and Future: What’s New or Just More of the Same Thing, Presentation 2016.
  • A Look Forward to the 22nd Century and Learning.  Presentation 2016.
  • Data Driven Decision Making: An Introduction.  Online module developed for Whitewater eLearning, 2013.
  • Prairie Net Consortium: A Brief History of Telecommunications Development in Rural Minnesota.  Prairie Net Consortium.  2003.
  • Instructional Technology Implementation.  World Future Society Conference presentation.  Minneapolis, Minnesota.  2001

Address: AD 331

Phone: 651-603-6258 Extension 6258

Email: (Preferred)