Dr. Peter B Olson

Lecturer, University of Wisconsin – Stout
English and Philosophy Department
College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 377G Harvey Hall
Phone: 715-232-2177
Email: olsonpete@uwstout.edu

Teaching Interests: Literary & Cultural Studies; Rhetoric & Composition; Research Methods; Film Studies; Environmental Studies

Research Interests: 19th-20th Century American Literature; Critical Theory; Semiotics; Romanticism; Musicology; History of Film

Professional Interests: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Urban Studies

Languages

  • French (Beginner)
  • German (Beginner)

Education

    • Ph D Literary and Cultural Studies
      University of Memphis
      Memphis, TN, United States, 2013
    • Graduate Certificate African-American Literature
      University of Memphis
      Memphis, TN, United States, 2007
    • MA English Literature
      University of Memphis
      Memphis, TN, United States, 2006
    • ABD Musicology/Southern Regional Music
      University of Memphis
      Memphis, TN, United States, 2003
    • Transfer English
      Middle Tennessee State University
      Murfreesboro, TN, United States, 2001
    • MA Music Theory
      University of Minnesota
      Minneapolis, MN, United States, 1992
    • BM Performance
      University of Minnesota
      Minneapolis, MN, United States, 1987
    • Diploma Music
      Berklee College of Music
      Boston, MA, United States, 1981

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin – Stout, Department of English and Philosophy
        Lecturer
        September 2014 -
      • Mississippi State University, Department of English
        Lecturer
        2008 - 2015
      • Mississippi State University
        Designer and Teacher
        2012
      • University of North Alabama, Department of English
        Adjunct Faculty
        2004 - 2008
      • University of Memphis, Department of English
        Teaching Assistant
        2003 - 2007
      • University of Memphis, Department of Music
        Teaching Assistant
        2001 - 2002
      • Middle Tennessee State University, Department of English
        Research Assistant
        2001
      • MacPhail Center for the Arts
        Faculty
        1988 - 2000
      • Carleton College
        Adjunct Faculty
        1992 - 1999
      • MacPhail Center for the Arts
        Program Coordinator
        1989 - 1994

Intellectual Contributions

    Book Review

    • Olson, P. B. (Published). Literature, The Humanities, and Humanity, by T. Steinberg, SUNY. . Open Textbook Library, Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota.

    Blog Post

    • Olson, P. B. (2015). From Research to Writing: The Content-Skills Continuum (Blog Post). .
    • Olson, P. B. (2015). Climate Change, Research, and the Writing Process (Blog Post). UW-Stout Research Skill Development Cohort.

    Journal Article

    • Olson, P. (2015). Web Writing in the University Community: Problem Solving through Collaboration and Convergence. Journal of the Mississippi Philological Society, Menomone.
    • Olson, P. (Revising to Resubmit). The Metaphysics of Indian-Hating: Melville, Parkman, Emerson and the American West as Singular Form. Journal of American Culture.
    • Olson, P. (2013). Web Writing in the University Community: Problem Solving through Collaboration and Convergence.. Web Writing: Why & How for Liberal Arts Teaching & Learning, “Open-Review Edition.
    • Olson, P. (2008). John Bealle’s Public Worship, Private Faith: A Review. Journal of the Society for American Music, 2(1), 113-116.
    • Olson, P. (1994). An Appalachian Ballad. IN et al, K. (Eds), Writing About Identity in the South , 102-103, 10-14, New York: McGraw-Hill.
    • Olson, P. (1992). Three Appalachian Ballads. Crossroads: A Journal of Southern Culture, 1(1), 3-13, Oxford: University of Mississippi Press.

    Encyclopedia Article

    • Olson, P. (2013). Thomas Cain. The Encyclopedia of Alabama, Auburn, Alabama: Auburn University.
    • Olson, P. (2013). Sonny James (James Hugh Loden) . The Encyclopedia of Alabama, Auburn, Alabama: Auburn University.
    • Olson, P. (2010). Percy Sledge. The Encyclopedia of Alabama, Auburn, Alabama: Auburn University.
    • Olson, P. (2010). Dan Penn. The Encyclopedia of Alabama, Auburn, Alabama: Auburn University.
    • Olson, P. (2010). Johnny Sandlin. The Encyclopedia of Alabama, Auburn, Alabama: a.
    • Olson, P. (2009). Spooner Oldham. The Encyclopedia of Alabama, Auburn, Alabama: Auburn University.
    • Olson, P. (2009). Arthur Alexander. The Encyclopedia of Alabama, Auburn, Alabama: Auburn University.
    • Olson, P. (2009). Eddie Hinton. The Encyclopedia of Alabama, Auburn, Alabama: Auburn University.
    • Olson, P. (2009). Donnie Fritts. The Encyclopedia of Alabama, Auburn, Alabama: Auburn University.
    • Olson, P. (2008). Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. The Encyclopedia of Alabama, Auburn, Alabama: Auburn University.
    • Olson, P. (2007). Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (MSRS). The Encyclopedia of Alabama, Auburn, Alabama: Auburn University.

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

    Music Performance - Symphony Orchestra Member, Principal

    • Olson, P. B. (April 15, 1999) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Ordway Theater. St. Paul, MN,
    • Olson, P. B. (January 15, 1999) Oklahoma. Ordway Theater. St. Paul, MN,
    • Olson, P. B. (February 15, 1998) Bernard Herrmann, Suite from "Psycho". Minneapolis, MN,
    • Olson, P. B. (February 15, 1998) Tan Dun, "Concerto for Pipa". Minneapolis, MN,
    • Olson, P. B. (October 15, 1996) ABBA, "Kristina". Plymouth Music Series, Minneapolis, MN,
    • Olson, P. B. (February 15, 1996) A Chorus Line. State Theater. Minneapolis, MN,
    • Olson, P. B. (March 1,1981 - March 31, 1981) Cavalli, "L'Egisto". Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Conservatory. Boston, MA,

    Music Performance - Participation

    • Olson, P. (May 15, 1993) Motown Review. The Ruperts Orchestra, International Market Square. Minneapolis, MN,
    • Olson, P. B. (April 15, 1989) Solomon Burke. Twin Cities Musicians Union, The Fine Line. Minneapolis, MN,
    • Olson, P. B. (October 15, 1982) Jan Jarczyk, "There Is Always Time". American University, Washington DC,
    • Olson, P. B. (June 15, 1981) Berklee Rock Guitar Styles. Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA,

    Music Performance - Free-lance

    • Olson, P. B. (October 25,1987 - November 1, 1987) Manfredo Fest, Braziliana Tour.

    Music Composition - Other Work, Performance

    • Olson, P. B. (October 15, 1987) Duke Ellington, "Everything But You". Intersound Records, Minneapolis, MN,

    Music Composition - Major Work, Performance, Prof Ensemble

    • Olson, P. B. (June 15, 1985) AT&T System 85 Soundtrack. AT&T, MPR Studio M. St. Paul, MN,

    Music Performance - Symphony Orchestra Member, Other

    • Olson, P. B. (January 15,1985 - March 15, 1985) Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique". University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN,
    • Olson, P. B. (January 15,1984 - March 15, 1984) Beethoven, Symphony No. 5. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN,
    • Olson, P. B. (January 15,1984 - March 15, 1984) Mahler, Symphony No. 1, "Titan". University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN,
    • Olson, P. B. (September 15,1983 - December 15, 1983) Hector Berlioz, "Symphony Fantastique". University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN,
    • Olson, P. B. (September 15,1983 - December 15, 1983) Igor Stravinskiy "Firebird Suite". University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN,
    • Olson, P. B. (June 15,1983 - August 15, 1983) Aaron Copland, "Appalachian Spring". Aspen Music Festival, Aspen Music Tent. Aspen , CO,
    • Olson, P. B. (June 15,1983 - August 15, 1983) Georges Bizet, "Carmen Suite". Aspen Music Festival, Aspen Music Tent. Aspen , CO,
    • Olson, P. B. (June 15,1983 - August 15, 1983) Schumann Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish". Aspen Music Festival, Aspen Music Tent. Aspen , CO,
    • Olson, P. B. (July 15, 1981) International Dues Band. Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Hall. Boston, MA,
    • Olson, P. B. (June 1, 1981) Verdi, "Aida". Boston Lyric Opera, Hatch Band Shell. Boston, MA,

Presentations

    Workshop

    • Olson, P. B. (April 14, 2016). Implementing the RSD Framework to Build Discourse Community Knowledge. Conference on Teaching and Learning, Green Lake, WI, United States.
    • Olson, P. (November 3, 2014). Brainstorming: Generating (Great) Questions to Get Your Writing Started. UW-Stout Student Writer Workshops, Menomonie, WI, United States.

    Oral Presentation

    • Olson, P. (March 26, 2015). Kindred Spirits: Transcendentalism, the Hudson River School, and the New England of the West. Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, MN, United States.

    Paper

    • Olson, P. (March 1, 2015). ’To The Public’: Poe’s Stylus and ‘Outraging the Right’. International Edgar Allan Poe Conference, New York City, WI, United States.
    • Olson, P. (February, 2014). The Metaphysics of Indian-Hating: Melville, Parkman, Emerson and the American West as Singular Form. 35th Annual Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, United States.
    • Olson, P. (2011). Edward Albee's Great Society: The Post-War Program to Demystify the American Dream. 3rd Annual Regional Graduate Student Conference, The American Dream, Florence, AL, United States.
    • Olson, P. (2007). Extra-Territorial Negotiations: Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair as a Subversive Aesthetic. Seminar,
    • Olson, P. (2006). A Delicate Unity: Reason and Idealism in Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. Seminar,
    • Olson, P. (2006). An Anatomy of Evil in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Seminar,
    • Olson, P. (2006). Duke Ellington’s Jungle Hokum and Musical Development in the Harlem Renaissance. Seminar,
    • Olson, P. (2006). Emerson’s Paradox of Originality. Seminar,
    • Olson, P. (2006). Olio and Dialectics: Melville’s The Confidence-Man as a Comedy of Conscience. Seminar,
    • Olson, P. (2006). The Collected Writings of Wallace Thurmon: A Harlem Renaissance Reader (edited by Amritjit Singh and Daniel M. Scott III): A Review. Seminar,
    • Olson, P. (2006). Black-face Minstrelsy, Its Musical Style and Structure, Publishing and Transmission, and Ideology. Seminar: English 7481, Characterizing the Self in Antebellum America, Memphis, TN, United States.
    • Olson, P. (2005). An Exegetical Exploration of Book One of Derek Walcott’s Omeros. Seminar,
    • Olson, P. (2005). Cleanth Brooks & Robert Penn Warren’s Modern Rhetoric: Poetics, Discourse, and Tradition in Compositional Rhetoric. Seminar,
    • Olson, P. (2005). Formalist Compatibilities: Shelley, Coleridge, and ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. Seminar,
    • Olson, P. (2005). From Textual to Contextual Considerations of Form in Romantic Poetry. Seminar,
    • Olson, P. (2005). Jonathan Edwards as Preparationist. Seminar,
    • Olson, P. (2005). Leibniz on Compatibilty and Free Will. Seminar,
    • Olson, P. (2005). The Ideological Matrix of Garrison Keillor’s Silent Democracy. Seminar,
    • Olson, P. (November, 2005). Prairie Home Companion in Nashville: Valentine’s Day, 2004. National Communication Association Conference,
    • Olson, P. (2004). Prairie Home Companion at the Ryman: Valentine's Day 2003. Seminar,
    • Olson, P. (2002). Charles Seeger, Ruth Crawford Seeger and American Folksong. ,
    • Olson, P. (2002). Online Applications of Hypertext in Museum Databases. ,
    • Olson, P. (2002). Blackface Minstrelsy and American Song Publishing. Seminar,
    • Olson, P. (March 20, 2002). The Muscle Shoals Recording Tradition. Tennessee Folklore Society, Knoxville, WI, United States.
    • Olson, P. (2001). Shape Note Hymnals, Notation, and Music Theory. Seminar,
    • Olson, P. (1992). Bartok's Concerto For Orchestra: A Caricature of German Hegemony. Seminar,

    Guest Lecture

    • Olson, P. (March 14, 2014). The Creative Class: The Arts, Communities, Collaborations, Convergences. The Department of Art, Professional Practices in Art (AR 493), Florence, AL, United States.
    • Olson, P. (2010). American Transcendentalism. Department of English, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, United States.

    Panel Chair

    • Olson, P. (February, 2014). American Literature 1 Panel. 35th Annual Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) Conference, Albuquerque, NM, United States.

    MA Thesis

    • Olson, P. (1992). François-Joseph Fétis and the Theory of Tonalité Moderne. ,

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research

    Grant

    • Olson, P. B. Digital and Open Educational Resources Community of Practice. Sponsored by Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center (Funded).
    • Olson, P. B. Film & Film Studies Community of Practice. Sponsored by NTLC (Funded).
    • Olson, P. Reading Across Campus. Sponsored by Office of the Chancellor.
    • Olson, P. B. Deconstructing Dr. Strangelove. Sponsored by Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center.
    • Olson, P. B. OPID 2016 Spring Conference on Teaching and Learning. Sponsored by The Department of English & Philosophy.
    • Olson, P. B. Literature Committee Reading Series. Sponsored by Friends of the Menomonie Public Library.
    • Olson, P. Travel assistance grant. Sponsored by College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) (Funded).
    • Olson, P. Reading Across Campus. Sponsored by Office of the Chancellor.
    • Olson, P. Mississippi State University Foundation Grant . Sponsored by Mississippi State University (Funded).
    • Olson, P. B. Lewis and Clark College Workshop on Academic Writing. Sponsored by Mississippi State University Department of English.

    Sponsored Research

    • Olson, P. B. 2015) Identifying Content Knowledge Impact on Writing and Researching Climate Change: Building Discourse Community Knowledge through a Study of Rhetoric, Genre, Subject Content, and Writing Process. Sponsored by Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center, $500 (Funded).

Intellectual Property

    Copyright

    • Olson, P. B., (April 01, 2013). American Romanticism and the Politics of Negative Originality: The Dark Passages of Emerson, Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville.

Media Contributions

    Newspaper

    • Eau Claire, Leader Telegram, Valley Arts, Section F (August 30, 2015)

      Surprising 'Watchman': English instructor examines contrasts in new Harper Lee novel

Reviewer / Editor

    Reviewer, Book

    • Literature, The Humanities, and Humanity, by T. Steinberg, SUNY (January 10, 2016)

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Award

    • Subvention, Trinity College Center for Teaching & Learning (2013)
    • Scharff Award, University of Memphis, Department of English, Graduate Program (2009)
    • Outstanding Teaching Award, MacPhail Center for the Arts, University of Minnesota (1991)
    • Faculty Award for Outstanding Performance, Berklee College of Music (May 15, 1981)

    Scholarship

    • Doctoral Teaching Assistantship, University of Memphis (2007)
    • Doctoral Teaching Assistantship, University of Memphis (2006)
    • Doctoral Teaching Assistantship, University of Memphis (2005)
    • Doctoral Teaching Assistantship, University of Memphis (2004)
    • Doctoral Teaching Assistantship, University of Memphis (2003)
    • Doctoral Teaching Assistantship, University of Memphis (2002)
    • Doctoral Teaching Assistantship, University of Memphis (2001)
    • Research Assistantship, Middle Tennessee State University (2001)
    • Regent's Scholaship, University of Minnesota (January 15, 1990)

Professional Memberships

  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • C19: The Society of 19th Century Americanists (C19)
  • The Melville Society
  • The Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society
  • The Poe Studies Association (PSA)
  • The Western Literature Association

Service

    Department / School

    • Attendee, Meeting, Advanced Writing Committee (September 01,2015 - Present)
    • Attendee, Meeting, First-Year Writing Committee (September 01,2015 - Present)
    • Coordinator, Literature Committee Reading Series (July 1,2015 - Present)
    • Committee Chair, Literature Committee (July 1,2015 - Present)
    • Non-Fiction Adjudicator, Prometheus Creative Arts Journal (January 1,2015 - April 30, 2016)
    • Committee Member, Literature Committee (2014 - 2015)

    College

    • Co-Coordinator, Film Studies Group (May 09,2016 - Present)
    • Committee Member, Governance Committee (September 1,2015 - Present)
    • Committee Member, CACHSS Planning and Review Committee (June 01,2016 - June 01, 2019)
    • Faculty Mentor, Honors College Colloquium (September 1,2015 - October 1, 2015)

    University

      UW Stout

      • Committee Member, Planning and Review Committee (June 01,2016 - May 31, 2019)
      • Alternate Member, Curriculum & Instruction Committee (August 24,2015 - May 31, 2018)
      • Workshop Organizer, Writing Across Contexts Community of Practice, NTLC (August 22,2016 - June 30, 2017)
      • Task Force Member, Digital and Open Educational Resources Community of Practice (May 01,2016 - June 30, 2017)
      • Faculty Mentor, Honors College Collquium (August 24,2016 - May 31, 2017)
      • Task Force Member, Digital and Open Educational Resource Workshop (August 26, 2016)
      • Guest Speaker, New Instructor Workshop (August 24, 2016)
      • Committee Member, Film & Film Studies Community of Practice (August 25,2015 - May 31, 2016)
      • Organizer, Reading Across Campus (July 1,2015 - May 1, 2016)
      • Faculty Facilitator, Honors College - Fall 2015 Colloquium (July 01,2015 - December 22, 2015)
      • Participant, Instructional Resources Services (December 3, 2015)
      • Attendee, Orientation, Activity Insight Overview & Training (September 4, 2015)
      • Attendee, Meeting, Engagement Sessions (August 31, 2015)
      • Attendee, Meeting, New Program Director Orientation (August 28, 2015)
      • Attendee, Meeting, Research Skills Development Framework Workshop (August 25, 2015)
      • Committee Member, Barnard Outstanding Service Award (April 01,2015 - May 01, 2015)
      • Participant, Celebration of Global Learning (January 2015)
      • Participant, Foundations of Intercultural Development: Creating Shared Meaning (January 2015)
      • Participant, Improved Online Teaching with Focus on Assessment Workshop (January 2015)
      • Participant, Introduction to Intercultural Development (January 2015)
      • Participant, Managing Discussions Workshops (September 2014)
      • Participant, New Faculty Orientation Workshops (August 2014)

      Mississippi State University

      • Developer, Dissertation writing seminar for the department of Management Information Systems (2012)
      • Attendee, Meeting, Brown-Bag series on teaching excellence (2011 - 2012)
      • Collaborator, Seminar on Web-based composition software and applications for collaboration (2011 - 2012)
      • Attendee, Meeting, Training course (2011)

      University of North Alabama

      • Tutor, University Writing Center (2005 - 2007)

      MacPhail Center for the Arts

      • Committee Chair, Faculty-Staff Committee (1991 - 1993)

    Community

    • Coordinator, Menomonie Public Library (July 1,2015 - April 30, 2016)