Jeffrey Olson, MSW, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Olson MSW, Ph.D.

(707) 826-4564
Behavioral and Social Sciences 544

For the last eight years I've been honored to serve as Chairperson of the Social Work Department at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation in Western South Dakota.  I studied philosophy at HSU in the late 80s and have always wanted to come back and teach and live here.   My intellectual interests include exploring the idea of what it means to be a professional, examining academic social work identity as a vehicle that reproduces systems of oppression, creating an alternate generalist model beginning with "persons first" and how do teachers and students learn together to be part of creating second order social change.  I live in Manila and am totally entranced with the luminous thin fog and immensity of the ocean.