Associate Professor
English Department

Michael O'Conner has dedicated his life to teaching and learning.  He has been employed at Millikin University since 1996 and has been teaching, in one form or another, since 1979.  He earned his Ph.D. and Masters in English from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He attended Central Methodist University as an undergraduate. He taught courses in the English Language Arts at Washington High School in Washington, Missouri for eight years. He also taught college English courses at the University of Missouri, Central Methodist College, and Columbia College. His interests include American literature, film, science fiction studies, composition and rhetoric, and popular culture studies. He is currently the editor of the new Digital American Literature Anthology, online at

He is also an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy and comics, a cyclist, a kayaker, and the author of numerous web pages and blogs across the internet.