Professor Andrea Olson

Professor Andrea Olson has been with us at St. Kate’s for some time now, and she has not only lent her brilliant mind to the psychology department but has been doing some amazing work in the CATIE center. This month we’re featuring Andrea Olson on our blog to celebrate her great work!
Andrea was born in Champaign, IL on December 31st, but grew up in Bloomington, MN! She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in music at Luther College, and went on to get her Master’s degree and Ph.D at the University of Minnesota. Her Ph.D includes a specialization in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, which she describes as “psychology applied to work”. She also completed a supporting program for her Ph.D, which is similar to a minor at the Bachelor’s level, in Counseling Psychology.
The CATIE center, or Collaborative for the Advancement of Teaching Interpreting Excellence, focuses mainly on advanced training and development for American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. Professor Olson has been working with the CATIE center since 2005, as an evaluator of grants awarded to the center. The CATIE center just received two new grants to continue their work for the next 5 years!
Professor Olson will continue to lead efforts of the CATIE center team to design and implement the evaluation, identify key criteria that should be evaluated, create methods to collect data, analyze this data, and then present the results while working with key partners across the U.S., along with their grant foundation: The Rehabilitation Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Education.
Here are a few of the other questions we asked Professor Olson beyond her life as a professor here at St. Kate’s:

Why did you choose St. Kate’s?

Sometimes I feel like St. Kate’s chose me. I did quite a bit of background research before I applied, but after my interview, I just knew this was the place I wanted to be. People at many other universities talked about how they were student-centered, how faculty collaborated with one another, and how faculty are engaged in both teaching and research, but St. Kate’s embodied and demonstrated those key values I was seeking in a different & unique way.

What is your favorite part of St. Kate’s?

The students, my colleagues, collaboration, the St. Kate’s Mission, and the gardens.

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy yoga, spending time with family and friends, and being outside (especially at lakes, parks, and up north). I also play in a flute choir with 5 other flautists. We have been playing together for more than 20 years and have recorded 3 CDs.

What is your favorite part of being a professor?

Having the opportunity to be a teacher, mentor and guide for women claiming their educations! I enjoy the variety, challenge, continual learning, and creativity this work demands.

What classes are you teaching/ will you teach here?

I currently teach Statistics, Research Methods, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Sometime in the next few years, I hope to teach Psychology of Leadership.

Where/ what is your favorite place to eat out in the twin cities area?

Indochin on Grand Avenue and Dominguez Family Restaurant in Minneapolis.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

At first, I considered superpowers like flying, being invisible, manipulating time, or power-grading at lightening speed. Those would be pretty cool. But if I could actually have one superpower, I would want the power to ease suffering.
Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies

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