Christopher J. Olson, PhD


EDUCATION

PhD, Business Administration, Northcentral University, 2013
Concentration: Applied Computer Science

MS, Information Systems, Dakota State University, 2004
Specializations: Electronic Commerce; Data Management

BS, Information Systems, Dakota State University, 2001

APPOINTMENTS

Associate Professor
College of Business & Information Systems – 2017 to present

Assistant Professor
College of Business & Information Systems – 2013 to 2017

Instructor
College of Business & Information Systems – 2006 to 2013

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Dakota State University, 2006 – present

  • CIS 130 – Visual Basic Programming
  • CIS 251 – Business Application Programming
  • CIS 275 – Web Application Programming I
  • CIS 328 – Operating Environments
  • CIS 361 – Adv Programming for Business Apps
  • CIS 375 – Web Application Programming II
  • CIS 468 – Scripting for Network Adminstrators
  • CIS 492 – PHP & MySQL
  • CSC 105 – Intro to Computers
  • CSC 123 – Problem Solving & Programming
  • CSC 150 – Computer Science I
  • CSC 207 – Excel
  • CSC 208 – Access
  • CSC 250 – Computer Science II
  • INFS 605 – Foundations of Programming
  • INFS 730 – Web Application Development
  • INFS 734 – Multi-tiered & Service-Oriented Architectures
  • INFS 736 – Technology for Mobile Devices

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Certificate in Accessible Information Technology: University of Southern Maine and EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information)
  • CITI Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative: Human Research Curriculum

PROFICIENCIES

Programming languages

ASP, C, C++, C#, COBOL, Java, JavaScript, PHP, Visual Basic

Additional Web technologies

AJAX, ASP.NET MVC, CSS, jQuery, (X)HTML, HTML5, IIS, LAMP/XAMPP, Silverlight, .NET Framework, Mobile web pages

Databases

Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY

Grants

August 2016: Co-PI on $147,485 Sub-award of the SD EPSCoR “2020 Vision: The South Dakota Science and Innovation Strategy” grant funded by the NSF. NSF Award Number: 1355423 (3rd year of 5-year of $744,086 Sub-award)

August 2015: Co-PI on $140,556 Sub-award of the SD EPSCoR “2020 Vision: The South Dakota Science and Innovation Strategy” grant funded by the NSF. NSF Award Number: 1355423 (2nd year of 5-year of $744,086 Sub-award)

August 2014: PI on $147,344 Sub-award of the SD EPSCoR “2020 Vision: The South Dakota Science and Innovation Strategy” grant funded by the NSF. NSF Award Number: 1355423 (1st year of 5-year of $744,086 Sub-award)

October 2012: PI on $23,673 Larson Foundation grant titled “Utilizing Voice Recognition Software to Complete an Introduction to Computers College Course”.

June 2011: PI on $12,469 Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grant titled “Increasing Access to Post-Secondary On-Line Education”. Funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000338).

Conference Presentations

Blessinger, J., Olson C., J., Kahl. (2017) “Student Learning Assessment: Minimal Assembly Required”. Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Bundy, K., Olson, C., Walters, J., Wang, H. (2013). “Making e-Learning Accessible”. Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment: the PASSHE Virtual Conference.

Bundy, K., Olson, C., Walters, J., Wang, H. (2012). “Making e-Learning Accessible”. WCET Connect Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Bundy, K., Olson, C., Walters, J., Wang, H. (2010). “Using Technology to Enhance Online Accessibility for Disabled Students”. Collaboration for Learning Conference – Ripples in the Pond: Transforming Higher Education for Today, Brooklyn Park, MN.

Mass Media/Other Presentations

Olson, C. (Mar 2014). “Computer Course at DSU without Keyboard or Mouse”. KUSD, 89.7 FM, Vermillion, SD.

Olson, C. (Jan 2012). “Using Speech Recognition Software to Increase Accessibility to an Online Education”. SDPB, 90.9 FM, Sioux Falls, SD.

Reviewed and Awarded Grant Proposals

Served as a member of the executive committee of the South Dakota Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Council, which reviewed grant proposals and awarded over $500,000 worth of government-funded grants from 2006 to 2008.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Appointments from Governor Rounds, South Dakota

  • South Dakota Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Council, 2004-2009
  • South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, 2008-2010

Dakota State University Service

  • Barrier Free Learning Committee, 2008-
  • Academic Integrity Board, 2013-
  • Assessment Committee, 2014-

Dakota State University Presentations

Olson, C. (June, 2013). “Voice Recognition Software in Healthcare”. DSU Health Information Technology Workshop.

Olson, C. (November, 2010). “Using the Accessibility Checker in Word 2010”. DSU Faculty Development Workshop.

Olson, C. (April, 2010). “Using Visual Studio Tools for Office”. DSU Computer Club.

Olson, C. (August, 2009). “Creating an Accessible Syllabus”. DSU New Faculty Orientation.

Deokar, A., Olson, C., Walters, J. (February, 2009). “Using the DSU Template for a Faculty Homepage”. DSU Faculty Development Workshop.

HONORS

  • Dr. Ernest Teagarden Award for Excellence in Teaching, Dakota State University, 2010
  • Outstanding Young Alumnus, Dakota State University Alumni Association, 2010
  • Ten Outstanding Young South Dakotans, South Dakota Jaycees, 2007
  • Congressional Nominations to West Point and US Naval Academy, 1996