Kelly O'Neal Lancaster

  • A.A., liberal arts, Albany Junior College, 1978
  • B.A., speech and dramatic arts, Mercer University, 1980
  • M.A., speech communication, University of Georgia, 1982
  • Ph.D., communication, University of Oklahoma, 1986

"I have always felt a strong drive to connect with people. Teaching is the perfect vehicle to make significant connections. If, in the course of making those connections, I can share a thought, provide an insight, or help someone develop a skill, the connection is even stronger. I once heard it said that the epitome of success is to do what you love and to be paid to do it…I am a successful man indeed."

Kelly O'Neal Lancaster | General education professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Two-time recipient of special recognition from the President of the Savannah College of Art and Design; twice named to Outstanding Young Men of America; Outstanding College Service Award at Darton College; NISOD Award for Excellence in American Community/Junior; Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant; two-time recipient of the W.G. Lee Scholarship of Academic Excellence in Speech and Dramatic Arts; Outstanding Student in Theatre Award; Albany Junior College Foundation Scholarship for Academic Excellence


National Communication Association (former); Alpha Psi Omega and Delta Psi Omega National Dramatic Honorary Fraternities; Phi Theta Kappa National Academic Honorary Fraternity

Previous Positions

Associate professor, Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; professor, Palm Beach Community College, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; associate professor, Darton College, Albany, Georgia; training specialist, Gracewood State School and Hospital, Augusta, Georgia; visiting assistant professor, Mercer Univeristy, Macon, Georgia; graduate teaching assistant, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma; graduate teaching assistant, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Publications and presentations

  • Conflict Management in Situations of Sexual Harassment: An Exploratory Study (unpublished doctoral dissertation), University of Oklahoma, 1986
  • The Effects of Environmental Aesthetics on Small Group Performance and Member Reaction (unpublished masters thesis), University of Georgia, 1982