Rosemary O'Leary currently serves as the Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the University of Kansas, following a 24 year career teaching at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington.
Ms. O'Leary is the author or editor of 11 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters on public management. The recipient of 11 national research awards and nine teaching awards, she was recently rewarded the Dwight Waldo award, given by the American Society for Public Administration for "persons who have made outstanding contributions to the professional literature of public administration over an extended career."
An elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration, O'Leary was a senior Fulbright scholar in Malaysia and the Philippines. From 2003 to 2005, Ms. O'Leary was a member of NASA's Return to Flight Task Group assembled in response to the Columbia space shuttle accident. She also has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and the National Science Foundation. Her current research is on collaboration as a management and leadership strategy.