Joann S. Olson

Joann Olson

Joann S. Olson
Associate Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies
Professor of Adult and Higher Education
Phone: (361) 570-4214

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

M.Ed., Organizational Leadership w/18 hours in Management, University of Houston-Victoria (Victoria, TX), 2022

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 (Selected)

Olson, J. S., & Kenahan, R. (2021). “An overwhelming cloud of inertia”: Evaluating the impact of course design changes following the COVID-19 pandemic. Online Learning, 25(4), 264-281. doi:10.24059/olj.v25i4.2444.

Olson, J. S., & Nayar-Bhalerao, S. (2020). STEM Faculty and their perceptions of mentoring: “I don’t want to be a role model”. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education. Advance online publication.

Olson, J. S., & Rodriguez, A. (2020). Chaos, bedbugs, and delayed starts: Stories of student retention during extreme organizational upheaval. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice. Advance online publication.

Olson, J. S., Autry, L., & Moe, J. (2020). “I feel a lot better about it”: Professional identity development in the context of a film-based assignment. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 16(2), 258-272.

Bergman, M., Olson, J. S., & Associates. (2019). Unfinished business: Compelling stories of adult student persistence. Information Age Publishing.

Benoit, A. C., Olson, J. S., & Johnson, C. (Eds.). (2018). Leaps of faith: Stories of working-class scholars. Information Age Publishing.

Olson, J. S. (2018). “They’ve never had this conversation with anybody”: The educational role of college recruiters. College Student Affairs Journal, 36(2), 126-139. doi:10.1353/csj.2018.0020

Olson, J. S. (2018). The deep roots of a farm-girl professor. In A. C. Benoit, J. S. Olson, & C. Johnson (Eds.), Leaps of faith: Stories of working-class scholars (pp. 1-8). Information Age Publishing.

Olson, J. S., Kim, J., & Hwang, J. (2017). “You have enough problems crop up, you start to learn”: Contradictions encountered in learning a new job. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Training, 8(4), 52-67. doi:10.4018/IJAVET.2017100105

Olson, J. S. (2017). Helping first-year students get “grit”: Developing tenacity and perseverance in a first-year experience course. The Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, 29(1), 99-118.

Refereed Conference Presentations (Selected)

Olson, J. S., & Wagner, W. W. (Accepted for 2022, December). Just the “Facts”: Building a campus culture that supports reaffirmation. To be at the 2022 SACSCOC Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Olson, J. S., & Wan, Y. (Accepted for 2022, October). “I don’t think I’m ready”: Encouraging STEM students toward internships. To be presented at the 29th National Conference on Students in Transition, Atlanta, GA.

Olson, J. S., & Martinez, R. (2022, March). Lead slowly (and collaboratively) and accomplish more, maybe faster. Presented at the 2022 Texas Women in Higher Education Annual Conference, Austin, TX.

Olson, J. S., & Kenahan, R. (2021, March). Was it enough? Responding to COVID-19 with course design changes. Presented at the 2021 Adult Higher Education Alliance Conference, virtual.

Olson, J. S., Wan, Y., & Tomek, B. (2019, October). Extending the boundaries: STEM faculty rework their ideas of mentoring. Roundtable presented at the 2019 American Association for Adult and Continuing Education Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Administrative Leader, Office of the Provost, University of Houston, Victoria, 2022 .

Exceptional Research and Service Award, Adult and Higher Education Alliance, 2022 .

Distinguished Faculty Service Award, Office of the Provost, University of Houston-Victoria, 2019 .

Excellence in Teaching Award, The National Society Of Leadership and Success, University of Houston-Victoria Chapter, 2018 .

Research and Scholarly Activity Award, Office of the Provost, University of Houston-Victoria, 2015 .

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