Providence College announces new director
of Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence College recently announced that Dr. Michael O’Connor has been appointed director of the Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers Program at Providence College. 


Dr. O’Connor has served as the assistant director of PACT since May 2017. Prior to his arrival at PC, he earned his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Boston College, specializing in language, literacy, and culture. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame and a leadership certificate from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Prior to his doctoral work, Dr. O’Connor served as assistant director of the Alliance for Catholic Education at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and taught in a Catholic elementary school in Birmingham, AL., through Notre Dame’s ACE program. He also taught at the college level at PC, Boston College, and Boston University.

In addition to being a skilled teacher, Dr. O’Connor is an accomplished scholar. He has authored or co-authored several journal articles, and his book, “Collaborative Professionalism,” which he co-wrote with Dr. Andy Hargreaves, was recently published by Corwin Press. 

He also is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Educational Research Association, the International Literacy Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English.

Established at PC in 2001, the PACT Program is a unique teacher education program that invites recent college graduates to contribute two years of service as teachers in Catholic schools in New England while earning a Master’s degree. In return, tuition is waived for the student’s service. PACT is an affiliate program with the University of Notre Dame and several other U.S. Catholic colleges and universities as a member of the University Consortium for Catholic Education. The PACT program provides teachers to a number of schools in the Diocese of Fall River.

Founded in 1917, Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic, liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 4,000 students and offers degrees in 52 academic majors and 38 minors. Since 1997, Providence College consistently has been ranked among the top five regional universities in the North according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” 

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