Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Peggy O'Neill

Professor of Writing

Peggy O'Neill


Humanities 236G
Loyola University Maryland
(410) 617-2404 poneill1@loyola.edu



University of Louisville, PhD (English, Composition and rhetoric)
University of Maryland College Park, MA (English)
University of Maryland Baltimore County, BA (English)
Towson University (Secondary certification English education)


WR100D (including Messina sections)
WR220 Art of Rhetoric
WR311 Style
WR320 Art of the Argument
WR323 Writing Center Theory & Practice
WR325 Rhetoric of Professional Writing
WR350 Art of Prose: Rachel Carson
WR400 Senior Seminar


 Murphy, Sandra and Peggy O’Neill. Assessing Writing to Support Learning: Turning Accountability Inside Out. Routledge, 2023.

Hesse, Douglas and Peggy O’Neill. “Writing as Studied Beyond Writing Studies.” Considering What We Know, Eds. Linda Adler-Kassner and Elizabeth Wardle. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2020. 

Moore, Cindy and Peggy O’Neill. “Surviving and Thriving in the Writing Department at Loyola University Maryland.” Why We Need Allies: The Great Recession and the Future of Independent Writing Programs. Eds. Richard Matzen and Matthew Abraham. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2019.

O’Neill, Peggy and Sandra Murphy. “Postsecondary Writing Assessment.” Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education, 2cd. ed. Edited by Charles Secolsky and D. Brian Dennison, Routledge, 2017.

Moore, Cindy, Peggy O’Neill and Angela Crow. “Assessing for Learning in an Age of Comparability: Remembering the Importance of Context.” Reclaiming Accountability: Improving Writing Programs through Accreditation and Large-Scale Assessment. Eds. Sharer, Wendy et al. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2016. Print.
O'Neill, Peggy. “Threshold Concepts at the Crossroads: Writing Instruction and Assessment,” Naming What We Know, Eds. Linda Adler-Kassner and Elizabeth Wardle. Utah State University Press, 2015. 157-170. Print. (Invited).


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