Joann Olson

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

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

Olson, J. S. (In Press). Opportunities, obstacles, and options: First-generation college graduates and social cognitive career theory. Article to be submitted to Journal of Career Development.

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.

Olson, J. S. (2009). Lifelong learning and the full-time minister: Non-pastoral clergy and continuing education. The Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research, 4(1), 41-55.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

Olson, J. S. (2011). Getting situated in a new community of practice: The early-career workplace learning of first-generation college graduates. Proceedings of the Joint Conference of the Adult Education Research Conference and the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, Toronto, Ontario, 9-12 June 2011, pp. 516-521. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Olson, J. S. (2009). Navigating the swamp: The early career experiences of recent college graduates. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, Community and Extension Education, Chicago, IL, 21-23 October 2009, pp. 175-180. Chicago, IL: Northeastern Illinois University.

Olson, J. S. (2008). Professional development and the parachurch professional: A needs assessment. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, Community, and Extension Education, Bowling Green, KY, 2-4 October 2008, pp. 164-169. Bowling Green, KY: Western Kentucky University.

Gyorke, A. S., & Olson, J. S. (2008). The impact of demographic characteristics, motivational factors, and employer support on adults’ persistence in formal non-degree courses. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, Community, and Extension Education, Bowling Green, KY, 2-4 October 2008, pp. 80-85. Bowling Green, KY: Western Kentucky University.

Refereed Conference Presentations

Olson, J. S. (2011, November). When the distance is more than geographic: Online adjunct faculty, psychological distance, and institutional connection. Presented at the 60th Annual American Association for Adult and Continuing Education Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

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.

Olson, J.S. (2011, November). Re-defining success: The post-college career experiences of first-generation adult college graduates. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Adult Higher Education Alliance, Indianapolis, IN.

Olson, J. S. (2011, May). “Back to the real world”: First-generation adult graduates and the college-to-work transition. Presented at the CCCU Center for Research in Adult Learning Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Olson, J. S. (2009, November). Millennials and adult learners…Millennials AS adult learners. Presented at the 58th Annual American Association for Adult and Continuing Education Conference, Cleveland, OH.

Olson, J. S. (2008, October). In pursuit of continuing education: Faith-based missionaries, funding, and freedom. Presented at the North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE) 2008 Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Olson, J. S. (2008, June). Veteran TCMN staff and their ongoing professional development. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Cedarville, OH.

Olson, J. S. (2008, May). From service-learning to lifelong learning. Paper presented at the Fifth National Faith Based Service Learning Conference, Grantham, PA.

Other Publications and Presentations

Olson, J. S. (2009, November). Swept under the rug: Relational support for adult undergraduates as described in adult education journals. Poster presented at the Fall 2009 Learning & Performance Systems Departmental Poster session, University Park, PA.

Olson, J. S. (2008). Career development, the undergraduate, and the academic adviser. The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal, 10(1). Available at http://www.psu.edu/dus/mentor/081015jo.htm.