Joann Olson

Joann S. Olson,
Assistant Professor of Adult and Higher Education


Ph.D., Adult Education, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA), 2010

M.A., Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL), 2007

B. S., Employment Relations, Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), 1990

Peer-Reviewed Publications
Journal Articles and Book Chapters (Selected)

Olson, J. S. (In review). Helping freshmen get “grit”: Developing tenacity and perseverance in a first-year experience course. Submitted to The Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Olson, J. S. (In review). The coaching-minded first-year seminar instructor: Encouraging non-cognitive skills for 21st century success. Submitted to Human Resource Development Quarterly.

Olson, J. S. (In review). “They said it takes two years”: Job change and on-the-job learning at a small private college. Submitted to Human Resource Development Quarterly.

Moe, J., Autry, L., Olson, J. S., & Johnson, K. F. (2014). Teaching group work with The Great Debaters. Counselor Education and Supervision, 53(3), 204-218. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6978.2014.00058.x

Davis, C. A., & Olson, J. S. (Eds.).(2014). New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education Series: No. 143. Meeting the transitional needs of young adult learners.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. doi: 10.1002/ace.v2014.143

Olson, J. S. (2014). Transitions from formal education to the workplace. In C. A. Davis & J. S. Olson (Eds.), New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education Series: No. 143. Meeting the transitional needs of young adult learners.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. doi:10.1002/ace.20106

Olson, J. S. (2014). Opportunities, obstacles, and options: First-generation college graduates and social cognitive career theory. Journal of Career Development, 41(3), 199-217. doi: 10.1177/0894845313486352

Olson, J. S. (2012). Re-defining success: The post-college career experiences of first-generation adult college graduates. In C. J. Boden McGill and K. P. King (Eds.), 21st Century Adult Learning in Our Complex World (pp. 161-176). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Refereed Conference Presentations (Selected)

Rice, M., Olson, J. S., & Lasater, M.  (Accepted for November, 2014). “Do you know how lost I feel?”: Career change and professional development. To be presented at the 63rd Annual American Association for Adult and Continuing Education Conference, Charleston, SC.

Olson, J. S. (2014, April). “That’s my favorite part!”: The experiences of college recruiters at an Hispanic Serving Institution. Presented at the Noel-Levitz Symposium on the Recruitment and Retention of Students of Color, Indianapolis, IN.

Olson, J. S. (2013, August). Recruiting a new generation: College recruiters talk to and talk about first-generation college students. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium, San Antonio, TX.

Olson, J. S. (2011, November). When you teach for us: The intersection of faculty development and adjunct instructors. Presented at the Faculty Development Special Interest Group, at the Commission of Professors of Adult Education Co-Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Honors and Awards

Junior Faculty Summer Research Grant Recipient, University of Houston-Victoria, 2014

Outstanding Teaching Award, School of Education and Human Development, University of Houston-Victoria, 2013-2014.

Student’s Choice Faculty Award, presented for “Outstanding Service to Students” by the Student Government Association, University of Houston-Victoria, 2014