Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
M.A. Humanistic Psychology
University of California, Santa Barbara
MST, Elementary Education (K-6)
SST, Social Science (K-12)
General Psychology (Fall 2014)
Community Organizations (Fall 2014)
Human Services Practicum (Fall 2014, Spring 2015)
Issues in Human Services (Spring 2015)
Science, Technology, and Society (Spring 2015)
Alfred State College, Director of Counseling Services (2001-2014)
Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs (2005-2009)
Steuben County Community Mental Health Center, Psychology Intern (2000-2001)
Duquesne University Psychology Clinic, Psychotherapist (1997-2000)
Duquesne University Counseling Center, Graduate Assistant Counselor (1998-1999)
Alfred University, Adjunct Associate Professor, Community Services Administration (2003-2005)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Social Sciences, English (1987-1999)
Duquesne University, Instructor, Psychology (1997-2000)
Syracuse University, Instructor, English (1981-86)
Teaching Assistant, Sociology (1979-1981)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Research/Teaching Assistant (1978-79)
Buena Vista Elementary School, Carlsbad CA, Elementary School Teacher (6th grade) (1975-1978)
â€œAlfred State College Core Survey 2004: Student Perceptions of Alcohol and Substance Useâ€”AnOverview,â€ (with Cobb, M., Amidon, P., Ashraf, K., Ebert, K., & Pollard, R.), working paper submitted to President Gupta, 2004.Publications and Events:
(2013). â€œPsyche as Postmodern Condition: The Situation of Metaphor in James Hillmanâ€™s Archetypal Psychology,â€ Janus Head 13 (2), 61-91.
(2013). â€œUndermining Surfaces: Tracing the Psychological Significance of Arche in Archetypal Psychology.â€ In Sipiora, M. (Ed.), Imagining psychological life: Philosophical, psychological, and poetic reflections (pp. 39-45). Pittsburgh, PA: Trivium Press.
(2012). â€œRemarks on Psychology as STEM Discipline and Logos of the Soul: The Critical Necessity of the Humanities for Psychological Science,â€ The Humanistic Psychologist 40 (3), 270-273.
(2006). â€œThe Ideology of Logic in Contemporary Psychology: Response to Howard Kindler,â€ American Psychologist 61 (3), 256-257.
(2001). â€œImpossible Confession: A Review of â€˜Derridaâ€™s Elsewhereâ€™,â€ Janus Head 4 (2).
(2000). Guest Ed., Regarding a Critical Rhetoric, special volume of Janus Head 3 (1), 1-179.
(2000). â€œThe Knot Between Ricoeur and Derrida: A Look at Rhetoric in the Human Sciences,â€ Janus Head 3 (1), 3-17.
(1999). â€œToward an In-Defensible Humanism: Reply to Caley Orr,â€ Janus Head 2 (1), 136-38.
(1998). â€œMartini or Bikini? The Differance Between Philosophy and Literature,â€ Janus Head 1 (2), 87-97.
(1995). Abstract: â€œComposition, Rhetoric, and the Place of Writing,â€ in Genre Knowledge in Disciplinary Communication: Cognition, Culture, Power, by Berkenkotter C. and Huckin, T. (New York: Erlbaum), p. 15.
(1988). "Derrida (f)or Us? Composition and the Taking of Text," Pre/Text 9 (1-2), 27-60.
â€œDeconstruction and Psychotropic Change: Lessons from Derrida for a Postmodern Psychotherapy,â€ symposium paper presented at the 121st Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, Hawaii, August 2013.
â€œArchetypal Poetics: On Hillman, Romanyshyn, and the Depth Psychology of Metaphor,â€ paper presented at the 6th Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA, March 2013.
â€œThe â€˜Naked Truthâ€™ Between Derrida and Lacan: The Subject of Philosophy in theText of Psychoanalysis,â€ poster session presented at the 120th Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando FL, August 2012.
â€œMaking the Grade: The Importance of Striving for Excellence in Academic Achievement,â€ keynote speaker for the Academic Achievement Recognition Night at Wellsville Central Schools, Wellsville, New York, February 25, 2011.
â€œOut of the Darkness: Signs and Symptoms of Suicide,â€ keynote speaker at the Community Forum on Suicide Prevention, David A. Howe Library Auditorium, Wellsville, New York, October 13, 2011.
â€œPsychology as STEM Discipline and Logos of the Soul: The Critical Necessity of the Humanities for Psychological Science,â€ symposium discussant at the 119th Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C., August 2011.
â€œUndermining Surfaces: Tracing the Psychological Significance of Arche in Archetypal Psychologyâ€ poster session presented at the 118th Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, California, August 2010.
â€œLeadership and Communication Styles for MBTI Types,â€ presented as part of the Leadership in Action workshops at Alfred State College, March 2007.
â€œAlfred State College Core Survey 2004: Student Perceptions of Alcohol and Substance Useâ€”An
"Literature or Philosophy? A Question of Disciplinarity in the Text of Derrida's Reception," paper presented at Borders and Frontiers: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 1996.
"When Philosophy Takes a Postmodern Turn: A Question of Difference," paper presented to faculty and students of Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, March 1996.
"Looking at Derrida's Right to Look: A Postscript to the 'Right of Inspection,'" paper presented at the International Association of Philosophy and Literature, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 1993.
"Derrida and the Postmodern Gaze," presented to a graduate seminar on "Postmodernism and the Arts" paper presented at the School of Art and Design, New York State College of Ceramics in Alfred, New York, February 1992.
"Literature(,) Critique(,) Theory: Effects of Deconstruction in the Classroom," paper presented at the Conference on The Role of Theory in the Undergraduate Literature Classroom, Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania, September 1990.
"Philosophy at Wit's End: Introducing Deconstruction," paper presented to the Western New York Society for the Study of Political Thought, Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, March 1990.
"Composition, Rhetoric, and the Place of Writing," paper presented at the annual meetings of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Seattle, Washington, March 1989.
"Derrida (f)or Us? Making Sense Out of Texts," paper presented at the annual meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Atlanta, Georgia, March 1987.
"The Subject of Writing," paper presented at the New York Council on Education in Syracuse, New York, October 1986.
"Learning to Read in Order to Write: The Psychological Dimension of a Hermeneutic Circle," paper presented at the annual meetings of the Conference of College Composition and Communication in Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 1985.
Bio: Professor Olson teaches core courses in the Human Services Management program. Having studied continental philosophy at Syracuse University and humanistic psychology at Duquesne University, his teaching philosophy promotes a vision of psychological wellbeing in which students become self-critical of their various places in the world. Such critical psychology invites students not only to question the social and existential arrangements of their human experience, but to become more responsive to the everyday challenges of that experience in order to improve the world in which they live. From this perspective the personal is political, the psychological is existential, and social justice means freedom from systems of oppression. When not teaching, Olson enjoys swimming, eight training, reading psychology, motorcycle riding, SU basketball, Chargers football, and spending time with his family.