Dr. Katherine (Katie) O'Connor
Associate Dean & Director of the EC Scholars Program
Dr. Katherine (Katie) O’Connor is an associate professor in the College of Education and joined the Honors College at East Carolina University during the summer of 2010. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before arriving at East Carolina University in 2003, Katie taught in the North Carolina public schools for nine years.
Katie is one of the founding editorial team members of East Carolina University’s nationally peer-reviewed online journal, The Journal of Curriculum and Instruction (JoCI) which is currently read in 161 countries and territories. The Journal of Curriculum and Instruction (JoCI) received the 2009 American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education. Katie is also one of the founding members of the Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Team in the College of Education. She helped to develop a series of four graduate courses for gifted educators and a summer learning experience for 100 Pitt County gifted students each summer, and co-directed the Annual ECU Gifted Education Conference with Drs. Fogarty and Housand. She is delighted all three aforementioned initiatives are ongoing at the university.
Katie was awarded the 2009-2010 UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professors Teaching Award and the 2009-2010 ECU Scholar-Teacher Award at East Carolina University. Katie has over 20 publications and 40 presentations at regional and national conferences. Katie served on the Scholar Summit program team, a student conference affiliated with the Undergraduate Scholars Program Administrator’s Association (USPAA) in 2013. Katie was recently elected to a two-year term on the USPAA Board of Directors. Katie lives in Winterville with her husband, Colin, and two incredible daughters, Delaney (11) and Brogan (7).
Dr. Todd Fraley
Faculty Fellow for EC Scholars
Todd Fraley is the 2013-2014 Faculty Fellow for EC Scholars. He is currently an associate professor in the School of Communication, where he also serves as the Coordinator for Undergraduate Studies and the Internship Director. He holds bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Sociology from James Madison University and earned his MA and PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Georgia, Athens.
While at ECU, Todd has been awarded the University Centennial Award for Excellence in Leadership and the Alumni Award for Outstanding Teaching. He is also a Chancellor's Leadership Fellow and a William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations. He has numerous publications and presentations and was a named a 2010 Research Fellow at Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society.
Outside of the classroom, Todd coaches youth soccer and baseball, serves on the Board of Directors of the Greenville Community Shelter, and enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and two children.
A full listing of the Honors College faculty and staff who support the EC Scholars Program is available on the Honors College website.