James O'Neill

Professor of Economics,
President - Delaware Council on Economic Education

Department: Economics
Campus Address: 117 Alfred Lerner Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1897


O'Neill founded the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE) in 1971 and served as its director until August 2013. He is a recipient of the Freedoms Foundation Leavy Foundation Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education and received the LCBE Outstanding Educator Award in 2008.  He remains President of the Delaware Council on Economic Education and has devoted his career to providing educators with high-quality programs and workshops that increase the knowledge and understanding of economics and entrepreneurship in all curricula for grades K-12.


  • Ph.D., Ed. Admin., Economic Education, Purdue University,1971
  • M.A., Economic Education, Purdue University, 1968
  • M.A., Education, Oregon State University, 1965
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • “The Value of Including Economics and Entrepreneurship in All Curriculums for K-12,” (with A. Hughey), Living Education eMagazine, Vol. 4, 2012.
  • "Training Teachers in Economics Within and Outside the United States," Economics & Business Association of the U.K., 1996.
  • "A Brief History of the Rationale for Economic Education," (with J. Brenneke), An Economy at Risk: Does Anyone Care?, J. Brenneke (ed.), Georgia State University Business Press, 1992.

Awards & Honors

  • President, Delaware Council on Economic Education, 1985-present
  • Public Service Fellow, Higher Education, State Development Partnership, 1985-86
  • Director, Masters of Arts in Economics and Entrepreneurship, University of Delaware, 1981-present
  • Past President, Society of Economic Educators, Delaware Council on Economic Education
  • Member: Advisory Board, Center for Entrepreneurial Education; Kauffman Foundation; Steering Committee, State Council Directors; Advisory Committee for Social Studies, State Department of Public Instruction; Mastery Testing Steering Committee, State of Delaware;  National Association of Economic Educators; Society of Economic Educators
  • Leon and Margaret Slocomb Professional Excellence Award
  • Bessie B. Moore Service Award, National Council on Economic Education
  • George Washington Honor Medal, Freedoms Foundation
  • Leavy Foundation Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, Freedoms Foundation
  • Forbes Award for Excellence in Economic Education
  • First State Savings Star Award, 2008
  • Lerner College of Business and Economics Outstanding Educator Award, 2008
  • Honorary Member of the Academic Forum of Varna Free University, 2012
  • International Judge, Ecopreneur, Mongolia, 2012


  • Economic Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Education

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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