Emerita McCoy Professor in Communication and Hillyer Professor in English Literature Rhetoric and Oratory, Director of Forensics
Office: Thomas 117
Degrees: Ph.D. in Interpersonal and Public Communication (Bowling Green); M.A. in Speech (Alabama); B.A. in Government (Louisiana State); A.A. (Stephens College).
Year appointed: 1969
Dr. O'Donnell is McCoy Professor of Communication and Hillyer Professor in English Literature, Rhetoric and Oratory at Marietta College. She was the Director of the Fundamentals of Oral Communication and Director of Forensics and now spends her time as the transfer advisor. She received every teaching award at Marietta College including the Outstanding Faculty Award (three times), the McCoy Professorship, the Harness Fellowship (twice), and the Outstanding Faculty in Continuing Education. She also received the Ohio Forensics Association Educator of the Year award and two Pi Kappa Delta Awards—E.R. Nichols and John Shields. At Marietta she was awarded the Douglas Putnam Faculty Service Award and the Faculty Advising Award. Ohio Magazine named her one of Ohio's top educators in December 2003. She has been a facilitator and consultant for American Cyanamid, Cleveland Area Board of Realtors, GE Plastics, and Thermo-Forma.
Her many professional and civic activities include the National Communication Association where she has served in many arenas--most recently as chair of the Undergraduate College and University Section, Ohio Academy of History, Ohio Forensic Association, the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, and the Ohio Communication Association which honored her as the Distinguished Coach in 2009. Dr. O'Donnell is a lifetime member of Pi Kappa Delta (Forensics Honorary), Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society), Alpha Epsilon Rho (National Society for Radio and Television), Phi Alpha Theta (National Honor Society in History), and Order of Omega. Her research interests include communication pedagogy, historical and women's communication, public address, and forensics.