Professor Sheila O’Neill specializes in both written and oral communication,preparing students for work in their chosen professions.
Before joining Ryerson, she was an Editor at the Toronto publishing house, Nelson Canada Ltd., and a free-lance writer/designer of educational and government materials. She holds a BA and MEd from the University of Toronto, as well as an Ontario Teaching Certificate and training in Graphic Design. She is the co-author of two textbooks in professional communication, published by McGraw-Hill Ryerson, and has conducted numerous communication workshops for clients in both private and public sectors.
Professor O’Neill has been involved in many Learning and Teaching activities including running the Teaching Awards program, being Editor of the LTO Newsletter, writing a regular column on teaching, co-founding Ryerson’s University Teaching Development Program (UTDP), developing and delivering the UTDP’s Micro-Teaching Course to help teachers with their stand-up teaching skills for three years, and assisting with a renovation of POD 372, turning an old, dingy room into a bright, attractive,versatile, well-equipped classroom.
She regularly presents papers across Canada and the US for groups such as the Association for Business Communication supported by internal grants from the FCAD SRC Committee.
Related professional activities include various executive positions in the Ryerson Faculty Association, terms representing FCAD on the Ryerson Senate and a 5-year term on the Board of Directors of the Association for Business Communication. Recently, she has judged Public Speaking Contests in the Ted Rogers School of Business Management, and for students in Engineering.
Professor O’Neill’s current research interests concern reducing fillers in students’ oral communications, and using PowerPoint as a platform for writing various reports in business and government.