Deborah O'Neil, Ph.D.


Deborah O'Neil, Ph.D.

  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: (419) 372-5222
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  • Address: 358F Maurer Center

Dr. Deborah A. O’Neil is a Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Department of Management and the Director of the Master of Organization Development program. Dr. O’Neil’s research is focused on the processes that assist individuals and organizations in being effective, successful, and productive. She has published articles on career, leadership, and organization development. Her work has appeared in such venues as Career Development International, Human Resource Management, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Managerial Psychology, and Journal of Change Management. She is an Associate Editor for Career Development International and on the Editorial Board of the Organization Development Review. She is also the Chair of the Organization Development Education Association, an international learning consortium of schools and programs in Organization Development whose purpose is to advance and enhance education in the field through knowledge exchange and sharing best practices across programs


Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
M.S., Organization Development/Human Resource Development, American University
B.A., Journalism, English, Secondary Education, University of Rhode Island

Academic Positions:

Professor, Bowling Green State University, 2019-present

Associate Professor, Bowling Green State University, 2013-2019
Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University, 2007-2013
Visiting Professor, Bowling Green State University, 2006-2007
Adjunct Professor, Bowling Green State University, 2005-2006
Senior Lecturer, Case Western Reserve University, 2004-2007

  • Organization Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Career Development
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Women in Leadership
  • Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Executive Coaching (Board Certified Coach)
  • Strategic Change Management.
  • Scholar-Practitioners


Hanasono, L.K., Ro, H.K., O'Neil, D.A., Broido, E.M., Yacobucci, M.M., Peña, S., & Root, K.V. (2022). Communicating Privilege and Faculty Allyship. Communication Quarterly, 70(5), 560-584. DOI: 10.1080/01463373.2022.2099294

O'Neil, D.A. & Torna, C. (2022). The Art of Business and the Business of Art: A Collaborative Studio Visualizing Organization Development. Organization Development Review 54(2), 58-60.

Richardson, J., O'Neil, D.A. & Thorn, K. (2022). Exploring careers through a qualitative lens: An investigation and invitation. Career Development International, 27(1), 99-112.

Hopkins, M.M. O'Neil, D.A., Bilimoria, D. & Broadfoot, A. (2021) Buried treasure: Contradictions in the perception and reality of women's leadership. Frontiers in Psychology/Organizational Psychology, 12, 1804.

Rogers, B.Q., O'Brien, K.I., Harkins, D.L., Mitchell, T.G. & O'Neil, D.A. (2021). COVID-19 and OD: Unplanned Disruption and the Opportunity for Planned Talent Development. Organization Development Review 53(2), 61-67.

Voss, C. A. & O’Neil, D. A. (2021).  Commentary: Why is it so hard to change culture? More questions than answers. Organization Development Review 53(1), 53-54. 

Hopkins, M. M. & O’Neil, D. A. (2020). Developing Nurse Leaders for well-being and performance. In R.J. Burke & S.J. Pignata (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Stress and Well-being in the Public Sector, 248-259. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Hanasono, L. K., Broido, E. M., Yacobucci, M. M., Root, K. V., Peña, S., & O’Neil, D. A. (2019). Secret Service: Revealing Gender Biases in the Visibility and Value of Faculty Service. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Vol 12(1), Mar 2019, 85-98.

O’Neil, D. A. (2018). A perspective of a program director from a long-running OD program. In G. Bushe & A. Litwin (Eds.) Different Perspectives on the Future of Organization Development: Voices from the Baltimore Conference. Organization Development Practitioner, 50(3), 4-18.

O’Neil, D. A., Brooks, M. E. & Hopkins, M. M. (2018). Women’s roles in women’s career advancement: What do women expect of each other? Career Development International, 23(3), 327-344.

Van Esch, C., Hopkins, M.M., O’Neil, D.A. & Bilimoria, D. (2018). How perceived riskiness influences the selection of women and men as senior leaders. Human Resource Management, 57(4), 915-930.
Hanasono, L. K., Broido, E. M., Yacobucci, M. M., Root, K. V., Peña, S., & O’Neil, D. A. (2018). Secret Service: Revealing Gender Biases in the Visibility and Value of Faculty Service. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Advance online publication, August 2.

O’Neil, D. A., Hopkins, M. M., & Bilimoria, D. (2015). Developing women leaders: An executive coaching framework.  Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 51(2), 253-276.
O’Neil, D.A. & Hopkins, M.M. (2015). The impact of gendered organizational systems on women’s career advancement. Frontiers in Psychology: Organizational Psychology, 6:905. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00905

Hopkins, M.M. & O’Neil, D.A. (2015). Authentic Leadership: Application to women leaders. Frontiers in Psychology: Organizational Psychology,6:959. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00959
Hopkins, M.M., O’Neil, D.A. & Stoller, J.K. (2015.) Distinguishing competencies of effective physician leaders.  Journal of Management Development, 34(5), 566-584.
Hoover, K. F., & O’Neil, D. A. (2015.) Leading by Example: Images of Diversity and Collectives on University Web Pages.  International Leadership Journal, 7(2), 46-66.

Hoover, K.F., O’Neil, D.A. & Poutiatine, M. (2014). Gender and leadership: A frame analysis of university home web page images. Journal of Academic Ethics, 12(1), 15-27.

McFillen, J.M., O’Neil, D.A., Balzer, W.K. & Varney, G.H.  (2013). Organizational Diagnosis: An Evidence-Based Approach. Journal of Change Management, 13(2), 223-246.

O’Neil, D.A., Hopkins, M.M., & Bilimoria, D. (2013). Sprinters, Marathoners, and Relay Runners:  Profiles of Women’s Career Development over Time. In R. Burke, S. Vinnicombe, L. Moore & S. Blake Beard (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Promoting Women’s Careers, 87-105. UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

O’Neil, D.A., Hopkins, M.M., & Bilimoria, D. (2013). Patterns and Paradoxes in Women’s Careers. In W. Patton (Ed.) Conceptualizing Women’s Working Lives: Moving the Boundaries of our Discourse, 63-79. Career Development Series, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Hopkins, M.M. & O'Neil, D.A. (2012). Nurse leaders:  Partners in health care leadership.  In P.C. Spurgeon, C. Cooper & R. Burke (Eds.). The innovation imperative in health care organizations:  Critical role of human resource management in the cost, quality and productivity equation, 137-152. UK:  Edward Elgar Publishing.

O’Neil, D.A. & Case, Susan S. (2012). Reconnections for Life Enhancement:  Daughters after Mother Loss. In A. Deakins, R. Lockridge & H. Sterk (Eds.) Mothers and Daughters:  Complicated Connections Across Cultures, 21-45. University Press of America.

O’Neil, D.A., Hopkins, M.M. & Sullivan, S.E. (2011). Do Women’s Networks Help Advance Women’s Careers? Differences in Perceptions of Female Workers and Top Leadership.  Career Development International, 16(7), 733-754.

Casile, M., Hoover, K., & O’Neil, D.A.  (2011). Both-and, not either-or: Service-learning as a tool for moral development and intellectual learning. Education and Training, 53(2/3), 129-139.

O’Neil, D.A. (2011). The value of emotional intelligence for high performance coaching:  A commentary. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 6(3), 329-331.

Hopkins, M.M., O’Neil, D.A., FitzSimons, K., Bailen, P. & Stoller, J.K. (2011). Leadership and Organization Development in Healthcare:  Lessons from the Cleveland Clinic.  In J. Wolf, H. Hanson, M. Moir, L. Friedman & G. Savage (Eds.) Organization Development in Healthcare:  Conversations on Research and Strategies. Advances in Health Care Management, Volume 10, 151-165. Emerald Group Publishing LTD.

Bilimoria, D., O’Neil, D.A., Hopkins, M.M., & Murphy, V.  (2010). Gender in the Management Education Classroom: A Collaborative Learning Journey.  Journal of Management Education, 34(6), 848-873.

O’Neil, D. A., Hopkins, M. M., & Bilimoria, D. (2009). Developing Women Athletes: Insights from Business and Management.  Annual Review of High Performance Coaching and Consulting. Multi-Science Publishing Co. Ltd., 73-96.

O’Neil, D.A. & Sharp, E. (2009). Hit or Miss? Assessing the Fit between Learning Outcomes in OD&C Graduate Programs and Organizational Requirements for OD&C Practitioners. Organization Development Journal, 27(2), 69-83.

Hopkins, M. M., O’Neil, D. A., Passarelli, A. & Bilimoria, D. (2008). Women’s Leadership Development:  Strategic Practices for Women and Organizations. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 60(4), 348-365.

O’Neil, D. A., Hopkins, M. M. & Bilimoria, D. (2008). Women’s Careers at the Start of the 21st Century:  Patterns and Paradoxes. Journal of Business Ethics, 80(4), 727-743.

O’Neil, D.A. (2008). The Importance of Organizational Diagnosis. OD Practitioner, 40, 51-54.

Updated: 05/22/2023 01:33PM