Faculty Profile

Paul Olsen, Ed.D

Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Accounting

B.A., Ed.D. University of Vermont
M.S.A., Saint Michael's College
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification

I joined the Business Department in 1994. From 1994-2012, I was associate director of the Master of Science in Administration (MSA) program. Previously I was  Employee Benefits Manager and Assistant Director of Human Resources at the College. 

Courses I Teach:

  • Critical Thinking and Communication
  • Human Resource Management
  • Internship Practicum
  • Managerial Leadership

Recent News

Paul Olsen, assistant professor, and Karen Popovich, associate professor, both in the Business Administration and Accounting Department, recently wrote a business “critical incident case” in collaboration with their former student, Tiffany Thompson ’16, that  was accepted for publication in the 2016 edition of the Journal of Critical Incidents. Their case was titled “WTF? McDonald’s minion unhappy meal.
(posted November 2016)

Paul Olsen, assistant professor of business administration and accounting, in April 2016 received the 2015 Best Critical Incident Award from the Journal of Critical Incidents for his 2015 critical incident case study titled, “Save the whales? Crisis management at Lego.” (Fall 2015, Volume 8, 129-133. He received the award from JCI Editor Tim Brotherton. Paul also presented two critical incident cases on April 14 at the Midwest Business Administration Association (MBAA) International Conference in Chicago: the first, co-authored with Saint Michael’s business department faculty colleague Karen Popovich and student Tiffany Thompson’16, was titled “WTF? McDonald’s minion unhappy meal,” and the second, co-authored with student Peter Kelly’16, was “English only controversy at City Market co-op.”
(posted June 2016)

Paul Olsen, assistant professor of business administration and accounting, had two publications appear in the Fall 2015 issues of the Journal of Critical Incidents: “August First Bakery & Café pulls the plug on laptop and iPad use. Journal of Critical Incidents,”( Fall 2015, Volume 8, 95-98), and  “Save the whales? Crisis management at Lego. Journal of Critical Incidents,” (Fall 2015, Volume 8, 129-133.) He also recently received his SHRM-SCP (SHRM Senior Certified Professional) certification from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Alexandria, VA, and more recently published “See Spot run? The dogs in the workplace debate” in the  Journal of Case Studies, November 2015, Vol. 33, No. 2, 116-122.
(posted January 2016)

Paul Olsen, assistant professor of business administration and accounting, presented two Critical Incident cases – “August First Bakery & Café Goes Screen Free” and “Save the Whales? Crisis Management at Lego,” at the Midwest Business Administration Association (MBAA) International Conference in Chicago in March.
(posted April 2015)

Paul Olsen, assistant professor of business administration and accounting, is author of a paper, “Use of Positive Psychology to Enhance the Undergraduate Business Internship Experience,” recently accepted for publication in the Journal of the Academy of Business Education (JABE).
(posted December 2014)

Paul Olsen, assistant professor of business administration and accounting, presented his business case, See Spot Run? The Dogs in the Workplace Debate, at the Society for Case Research’s 36th Annual Summer Case Writer's Workshop in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in July.
(posted August 2014)

Paul Olsen, assistant professor of business administration and accounting, was author of an article, “Namaste: How Yoga Can Inform Leadership Education,”  published in the Winter 2014 issue of the Journal of Leadership Education (JOLE). Also, Paul’s business case “Skinny Paycheck? Livable Wage Ordinance Tests Socially Responsible Business Owner,” was accepted for publication in the March 2014 issue of the Business Case Journal.
(March 2014)

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