Linda Olson, PhD
Dr. Linda Olson is Interim Dean of Colorado Women’s College, a position she assumed in 2015. Linda began teaching at the University of Denver in 2000 and has spent the past 14 years as a Teaching Professor, Director of the Pioneer Leadership Program, and Exec. Director of the Learning Communities and Civic Engagement department. Her undergraduate and master degrees are from the University of Minnesota, and her PhD is from our own DU Communication Studies department. Her research interests include collaborative leadership, leadership development, leadership and sustainability, and leadership ethics. At CWC, Linda has successfully led a strategic planning process that has resulted in a new vision and mission for the College. This exciting plan includes a center for women’s leadership and advancement serving all the DU community and beyond; and secondly it includes a CWC Collaboratory, focused on gender equity research, convening of thought leaders to address the opportunities and challenges that exist for women and girls today, and a physical shared workspace that will bring women’s organizations into the Chambers Center to advance important work together. Linda brings a vibrant interest in international and intercultural issues to her work, and has taught and led student groups involved in international learning and service throughout the world. In addition, she is active in local leadership as an elected council member for the City of Englewood.