Office Hours:

  • Tues., Thurs. 10-11:30 & by appointment

Leigh M. O'Brien


Ella Cline Shear School of Education

South Hall 222-D
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Leigh O'Brien

Dr. O'Brien has been a member of the Geneseo Faculty since 2006.

Please note: Dr. O'Brien will be in Iceland on a Fulbright Scholarship during the Fall 2015 semester.


Faculty Information


  • D. Ed., The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.Ed. + B.S., The Pennsylvania State University


  • Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ (9/1/04 – 5/30/06)
  • Nazareth College, Rochester, NY (8/91 – 8/04)

Research Interests

* Social Justice & Education * Teacher Education * Teacher Identity * Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Publications and Professional Activities

  • O’Brien, L.M. (In press: March/April, 2015). Mind the gap/s: The pressures of professionalism in North American early care and education. Childhood Education.
  • O’Brien, L. M. (2011). “Holding the talking piece gives me a chance to make a sentence out of what I am thinking”: Children’s responses to the use of Peace Circles at one primary school in the U.S. Citizenship Education Research Network Collection.
  • O’Brien, L. M. (2010). Speaking our selves: The intersections of women educators’ personal and professional lives. Current Issues in Education, 13 (4). On line at
  • O’Brien, L. M. (2010). Caring in the ivory tower: Using one-to-one initial meetings to build student-professor relationships. Journal of Teacher Education, 15(1), 109-115.
  • O’Brien, L. M., Novinger, S., & Leach-Bizari, A. (2007). What does it mean to be a “good” early childhood teacher? An analysis of themes in application essays submitted to two early childhood education teacher certification programs. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 28 (3), 205-217.


  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
  • The Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE)
  • National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE)
  • North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
  • OMEP-USA [World Organization for Early Childhood Education]