Honors & Awards

Distinguished Alumni Award, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, April 28, 2012.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, inducted April 27, 2012.

Recognition Award, NAACP Tri-State Conference, September 26, 2009 (“in appreciation of your commitment to excellence in education”).

Recognition Award, College of Business Executive Team, USF, 2004 (“in appreciation of your dedication, hard work, and courage” in creating the College of Business).

President’s Award for Faculty Excellence, USF, 2003 (university-wide, competitive award for excellence in scholarship and teaching; included a substantial permanent salary increase).

Award for Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition, Association of Teachers of Advanced Composition, 1994.

Research and Creative Scholarship Award, USF Division of Sponsored Research, 1994.

International Award for Distinguished Editor, Council of Editors of Learned Journals, 1994. http://www.celj.org/distinguished_editor

TIP Award for outstanding teaching on the undergraduate level, USF, 1993 and 1996 (university-wide, competitive award for excellence in teaching; award included a substantial permanent salary increase).

Certificate of Recognition, Society for Technical Communication Suncoast Chapter, 1991–92 and 1993.

Undergraduate Teaching Enhancement Award for outstanding teaching on the undergraduate level, 1990 (university-wide, competitive award for excellence in teaching; included a substantial permanent salary increase).

Research and Creative Scholarship Award, USF Division of Sponsored Research, 1990.

New Graduate Program Grant (helped secure $30,000 grant for library’s purchase of books for the rhetoric and composition program).

President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement for directing a record-breaking Facul­ty/Staff Scholarship Campaign in the College of Arts and Letters, 1988.

Certificate of Appreciation for “outstanding contribution to the professional growth of the English Teachers of North Carolina,” 1983.


Other Recognition
National annual award (begun in 2002) named in my honor by the Association of Teachers of Advanced Composition: The Gary A. Olson Award, for the most outstanding scholarly book on rhetorical and cultural theory.

Subject of scholarly interview: Taylor, Todd. “Humanities in the Aftermath: An Interview with Gary A. Olson.” Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies 32.4 (2010): 447–66.

Subject of scholarly interview: Jensen, Kyle. “Three on a Match: Gary A. Olson on Rigor, Reliability, and Quality Control in Digital Scholarship.Composition Forum 20 (2009)

Subject of scholarly interview: Jensen, Kyle, and Shelley DeBlasis. “Returning to the Table: A Conversation with Gary A. Olson. Composition Studies 36 (2008): 109–23.

Innovative fund-raising initiative featured in Chronicle article: López-Rivera, Marisa. “Pet Project.Chronicle of Higher Education. 14 Dec. 2007.

Subject (with others) of a video documentary featuring interviews with prominent scholars discussing new media and writing: Halbritter, B., and Todd Taylor. “Remembering Composition (The Book): A DVD Production.” (Distributed nationally with volume 26.3 of JAC, 2006).

Research highlighted in Chronicle of Higher Education story:  McLemee, Scott. “Deconstructing Composition: The ‘New Theory Wars’ Break Out in an Unlikely Discipline.Chronicle of Higher Education. 21 Mar. 2003.

Subject of Chronicle of Higher EducationColloquy Live: Composition Studies and ‘the New Theory Wars’: Colloquy with Gary A. Olson.” 19 Mar. 2003.

Subject of scholarly interview: Dobrin, Sidney. “Turning the Tables: An (Inter)view with Gary A. Olson.Composition Studies 21 (1993): 32–45.

 Listed in Directory of American Scholars, International Who’s Who of Intellectuals, Dictionary of International Biography, Men of Achievement, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Contemporary Authors.

Graduated cum laude, Kings College, Wilkes Barre, PA.