Title: Professor of Business Administration and Economics
Company: University of Pittsburgh
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Josephine Olson, Professor of Business Administration and Economics at the University of Pittsburgh, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education and educational administration.
Dr. Olson attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts, earning a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 1964, and continued her academic pursuits at Brown University in Rhode Island, where she earned a PhD in economics in 1970. While completing her graduate degree, Dr. Olson worked from 1969 to 1971 as an assistant professor of business administration at Baruch College – The City University of New York. In 1971, she began her career as an assistant professor of business administration at the University of Pittsburgh, rising to the rank of associate professor of business administration and economics in 1975. In 1991, Dr. Olson became a full professor, a position she holds to this day, and from 1996 to 2001, she served as associate dean of the university. From 2006 to 2014, she additionally leveraged her experience and expertise as director of the international business center at the University of Pittsburgh.
In addition to her work as an educator, Dr. Olson served as a member of the board of advisors for Health America of Pennsylvania from 1977 to 1991, and worked for Trustee Teachers Insurance in New York City from 1974 to 1986. Since 2008, she has applied her economic expertise as a member of the Western Pennsylvania District Export Council, and she has contributed articles to a variety of professional journals and chapters to books. Dr. Olson was inspired by her father who was an international businessman, and when she was 20 years old, she worked in Mexico for a summer. This experience in a foreign country played a large role in her career choice, and in college, she was further influenced by her professor, Jan Parker, who helped her discover her interest in economics. Dr. Olson is a member of the American Economic Association, the Academy of International Business, and in 1991, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Hungary. In the coming years, she plans to continue her work as an educator.
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