Pamela is a 2007 graduate from Wichita State with a degree in communication and English literature and has a master's in communication (MA) from WSU as well. She also has a masters in public health (MPH) and received her doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2021. While at WSU she has taught public speaking and has served as an academic advisor. Her background includes academic writing, health communication and public relations. As the associate director, she serves as the primary contact for adult students and oversees the direction of the Office. Pamela enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, reading, and spending time outdoors.


Academic Interests and Expertise

First generation adult learners. Working on dissertation titled: The Lived Experiences of First Generation Adult Learners.

Areas of Teaching Interest

Has taught public speaking at Wichita State.


O’Neal P., & Steinkamp, C. Applying the Transtheoretical Model to Recruit and Retain Adult Learners. Presented at American Association for Adult and Continuing Education Conference, October, 2019.

O’Neal P.  Adult Mentoring Advantage Program: A-MAP to Success for Adult Learners. Presented at American Association for Adult and Continuing Education Conference, October, 2018.

Ballard-Reisch, D., McNary, R., & O'Neal, P. (2013). Numana Feeds Haiti: A Case Study of a Grassroots, Community-Based Social Movement to “Save the Starving”. In Reducing Health Disparities: Communication Interventions. (Vol. 6). New York: 2013 Peter Lang Publishing

Awards and Honors

March 2019 Graduate Student of the Year Finalist

May 2013 Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation Scholarship, honorable mention in the KAHCE category for leadership abilities.

May 2012 Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation Scholarship. $500.00 awarded for ­­­excellent leadership abilities.

June 2011 Kansas Health Foundation/Master of Public Health Concentration Scholarships in Social and Behavioral Health. Awarded by Kansas University School of Medicine. Provided full in-state tuition to the selected applicant for 42 credits towards the MPH degree.

May 2010 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

May 2010 First place graduate poster research.

May 2007 Snowy Owl Award – Top award that honors a graduate or undergraduate student who has demonstrated significant accomplishments in academic or professional activities, given by the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University.

Areas of Service

Adopted a food route for ICT Food Rescue.