Mark Olson teaches courses in composition, American literatures, and poetry for the Department of English in Hamline University’s College of Liberal Arts. He earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His background includes work in printing and publishing, organizational writing, and writing across the curriculum.
Professor Olson’s classes are informed by questions and activities of “doing”.
“Questions posed in my classrooms are about what texts do in our lives, our cultures, our world. Why and how do they say what they say? What is at stake in what they do to affirm or challenge our patterns of thinking and doing? How do we develop skills to be critical thinkers and readers of diverse texts and viewpoints? And when we are the writers of those texts, how do we responsibly produce texts that function in meaningful ways in people’s lives, whether we are writing memos, essays, or poems? Thus, the classroom is a space for doing the hard, good work of asking questions that matter and for having respectful conversations that help us develop our critical skills for living successful, generous, aware lives in an amazingly textual world.”