- Fulbright Award (2005)
- Fulbright Award (1998)
- President's Award for Distinguished Teaching (1998)
Rosemary O'Leary is an author and professor in areas including Public Management, Environmental Policy, Law, and Dispute Resolution. She has worked as an attorney and as an administrator in Kansas' state government, and was a Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington. She was later appointed Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, Distinguished Professor and the Howard G. and S. Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership at the Campbell Institute of Public Affairs in New York. O'Leary was also appointed as Senior Research Associate for the Center for Environmental Policy and Administration at the Campbell Institute. She has written and edited ten books, and over 100 scholarly articles on public management and policy.
O'Leary is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration, and is the co-founder and director of the Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute. She has served as the National Chairman of the Public Administration Section of the American Political Science Association, and as the National Chairman of the American Society of Public Administration's Section on Environment and National Resources Administration. In 2004, she was member of NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, and a member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Return to Flight Task Group, after the Columbia space shuttle accident, from 2003-2005. O'Leary has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and the International City and County Management Association.
Rosemary O'Leary was awarded two Fulbright Scholarships, the first to Malaysia in 1998, and the second to the Philippines in 2005. She is the only person to win three awards from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for Best Dissertation in 1989, Excellence in Teaching in 1996, and Distinguished Research in 2004. She was awarded the highest research award at Syracuse University, the Chancellor's Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement, in 2003. She has received eight teaching awards and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Public Administration's Section on Environment and National Resources Administration. She has also won nine national research awards, including Best Book in Public and Nonprofit Management by the Academy of Management in 2000, and Best Book in Environmental Management and Policy by the American Society for Public Administration in 1999, and 2005. O'Leary has also won the Mosher Award twice for best article by an academician published in the Public Administration Review.