Title: Professor Emeritus of History
Company: University of Maryland
Location: Shelburne, Vermont, United States
Keith Olson, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Maryland, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of historical research and education.
Dr. Olson started as a member of the history faculty at Syracuse University in 1963, where he worked until 1966, when he transitioned to the University of Maryland (UMD). As a member of the history department at UMD, he worked for more than 40 years, and in 2008, he took on the title of history professor emeritus, which he holds to this day. He still publishes as a historian, and the next project he will be working on involves presidential history, which he plans to present in 2020 at a North American Studies Conference in Finland.
Prior to his career as an educator, Dr. Olson served in the United States Army from 1952 until his honorable discharge in 1954. He attended the State University of New York at Albany, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1957 and a Master of Arts in 1959. He continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a PhD in 1964, and was a grantee of the U.S. Office of Education from 1965 to 1966. In 1971, 1976, and 1978, he was a grantee of UMD.
Dr. Olson was a Fulbright professor at Tampere University in Finland in 1986, 1987, 2004, and 2005, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university in 2000. He additionally served in Finland as a Fulbright professor at the University of Oulu and the University of Jyväskylä. Dr. Olson has published several books, including “The G.I. Bill, the Veterans and the Colleges,” in 1974, which was sponsored by the Organization of American Historians and was recognized as one of the hundred best books on education in the last century. He also wrote “Biography of a Progressive: Franklin K. Lane” in 1979, and “Watergate: The Presidential Scandal That Shook America” in 2003.
Dr. Olson is a member of a variety of professional organizations, including the American Historical Association, the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Swedish American Historical Society, the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, among others. As a testament to his success, experience, and stature as a historian and educator, Dr. Olson has been featured in the sixth edition of Who’s Who in American Education, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in America.
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