Patrick O’Neil, PhD
Chair, History; Associate Professor of History; Co-Director, Women's Studies; Coordinator, Social Studies Education
B.A., Grinnell College; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Patrick W. O’Neil is Chair and Associate Professor of History; he is also Co-Director of Women’s Studies.
His research focuses on America in the years before the Civil War, encompassing politics, culture, and gender, and he is hard at work on a book about weddings during that time. The book is called Inventing the American Wedding, and it compares the way that various Americans married when the white wedding was still a new thing.
As a teacher, Professor O’Neil believes that people learn best when they have the chance to figure things out for themselves. His courses ask students to lead class discussions and to research difficult ideas; the assumption is that if you come ready to play, you can match wits with the best thinkers in America. He won Methodist University’s Distinguished Professor of the Year award in 2014.
When Professor O’Neil is stressed out, he goes for a run. Otherwise, he spends an unhealthy amount of time thinking about North Carolina Tar Heels basketball, Nebraska Cornhuskers football, the Beatles, and barbecue
Kelly Walter Carney, PhD
Professor of English; Co-Director, Women's Studies
B.A., Oral Roberts University; M.A., Vanguard University; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Kelly C. Walter Carney earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. Her fields of study include Women Writers, American Ethnic Writers, Environmental literature, and World literature. She teaches, writes, publishes, and presents at conferences in these areas; she is especially involved with SAMLA (the South Atlantic Modern Langauge Association) and ASLE (the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment). She has earned a Fulbright grant, under which she taught for a year at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany. She also has participated in several National Endowment for the Humanities seminars, including ones at the University of Texas-San Marcos (Literature of the Southwest), the Huntington Library in San Marino, California (the 19th Century West), and the Newberry Library in Chicago (Modernism). She has also participated in a summer seminar on Slave Narratives at Yale University, funded by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges.
A native Californian, Dr. Walter Carney is an enthusiastic Dodgers fan. She volunteers with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Girl Scouts of America, and usually has a knitting project handy.