Joann S. Olson
Joann S. Olson
Professor of Adult and Higher Education
Phone: (361) 570-4214
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
Olson, J. S., & Kenahan, R. (In print). “An overwhelming cloud of inertia”: Evaluating the impact of course design changes following the COVID-19 pandemic. Accepted by Online Learning.
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. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMCE-07-2020-0035
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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1521025120966576
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. https://doi.org/10.1080/15401383.2020.1762818
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
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. (2020, March). “Right now, I’m narrowing it down”: Career development in undergraduate STEM majors. Proceedings of the 44th Annual Adult and Higher Education Alliance Conference, Orlando, FL, 5-6 March, 2020, pp. 50-55. Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida.
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.
Bergman, M., & Olson, J. S. (2019, October). Unfinished business: Compelling stories of persistence. Presented at the 2019 American Association for Adult and Continuing Education Conference, St. Louis, MO.
Honors and Awards
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