Writing Program Director
Associate Professor of English
Office Phone: 903-233-3381
Annie Olson graduated from LeTourneau University in 1993 and returned as a faculty member in 1998.
"I knew God was calling me to LeTourneau when I was here as a student. Throughout my graduate study, my goal has been to return and serve God by teaching at LeTourneau. I enjoy getting to know students personally and working with them one-on-one. The goal of my teaching is to help students gain the skills they need to succeed in work and in life and---more importantly---to encourage them to use those skills to reach the world for Jesus Christ. I am continually inspired by the deep spiritual commitment and awesome potential of LeTourneau students, and I am richly blessed to be part of their lives."
Prior to joining the LeTourneau faculty, Annie taught English and speech at a Christian high school while pursuing her graduate degrees at the University of Texas at Tyler (M.A.) and Texas Woman's University (Ph.D.). Her primary fields of study are composition technology and British literature.
Among Dr. Olson’s many accomplishments is the creation of OWLET: Online Writing and Learning at LeTourneau University . ( http://owlet.letu.edu ) This online composition tutorial has been consulted by students literally from around the world.
Outside the classroom, Annie enjoys spending time with her family, quilting, gardening, and camping. Learn more about Dr. Annie Olson from her personal web page.
Ph.D. Texas Woman's University (2003). Major field--Rhetoric; Secondary field—Medieval and Renaissance British Literature. Dissertation: MOO: A Site For Facilitating a Bakhtinian Aesthetics of Invention.
M.A., University of Texas at Tyler (1996). Major--English.
B.A., summa cum laude, LeTourneau University (1993). Major--English; Minor--Communications.
"Bakhtin and the Composition Classroom: A Transformative Communal Praxis." Federation of North Texas Area Universities Rhetoric Symposium. February 2003.
"Situating Invention: Taking Bakhtin into the MOO." Computers and Writing 2002 Conference. May 2002.
"Doing Social Theory--Solo?" Conference On College Composition and Communication. March 2003.
- "Collaborating with Computers: MOO, Agency, and Rhetorical Invention." Conference on College Composition and Communication. March 2003.
"A Bakhtinian Aesthetics of Rhetorical Invention." Federation of North Texas Area Universities Rhetoric Symposium. February 2002.
"Teaching Dialogized Discourse: Taking Bakhtin into the MOO." Computers and Writing 2000 Conference. May, 2000.
"Dialogizing Our Discourse: Bakhtin and Writing in MOOspace." MOO--The Missing Link in Online Education Conference, October 1999.
"Building an Online Educational Community: The Architecture and Language of the Electronic Classroom." Best Practices in Delivering, Supporting, and Managing Online Learning. Fourth Annual Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference. April 1999.
"Revitalizing the Research Paper: Tips for Tired Teachers." South Central Regional Conference, Association of Christian Schools International. November, 1998.
"Computers in the Classroom: Milton's Areopagitica and Empowerment through Writing." Rhetoric and Technology in the Next Millennium, Federation of North Texas Area Universities. June, 1998.
"An Emerging Rhetoric of Cyberspace: William Gibson's Idoru." College English Association Conference. April, 1998.
"'You called me dog': Alienation and Assimilation in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice." South Central Conference on Christianity and Literature. February, 1998.
"Text in the Electronic Age: Redefinition, Rhetoric, and Ethics." Rhetoric Interactive Computer Conference, Federation of North Texas Area Universities. June, 1997.
"Reflections of Divine Authority in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure." South Central Conference on Christianity and Literature. February, 1996.
"LeTourneau's OwLet--from Hatchling to Flight." The Writing Lab Newsletter, April 2003.
"New Worlds--New Genres: Reading Mary Rowlandson's Journal as a Woman's Sermon." English in Texas 30.1 (2000): 39-43.
"Computers in the Classroom: Milton's Areopagitica and Empowerment through Writing." Proceedings: Aristotle, Rhetoric and Technology in the Next Millennium, Ed. William E. Tanner and Suzanne S. Webb. Federation of North Texas Area Universities. CD-ROM. Caxton's Modern Arts Press, June, 1998.
Awards and Grants
- J. Dean Bishop Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages, Texas Woman's University, 1997-98.
- Autrey Nell Wiley Endowed Scholarship, Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages, Texas Woman's University. May, 1998.
- Election to Phi Kappa Phi. April, 1998.
- Sims Prize for the Outstanding Paper on the Renaissance, South Central Conference on Christianity and Literature. February, 1998.
- Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1995-96, 1997-98.
- Election to Sigma Tau Delta (National English Honor Society), 1996.
- Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, University of Texas at Tyler (1990-91); LeTourneau University (1995-96).
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
- Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
- International Writing Center Association
- North Texas Writing Center Association
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Council of Writing Program Administrators