Asa Olson is the Humphrey School's assistant director of academic technology.
Previously, Asa was an academic technologist and instructional designer for the University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing. There, he assisted instructors with designing courses and using instructional technology. He designed and led the Bakken Center's course consultation process for its academic programs, faculty development sessions, and its Wellbeing Enhances Learning (WEL) Model initiative.
Asa is passionate about teaching and helping others teach. He continues to teach on the side at the University of Minnesota, and he was an assistant professor at Southern Arkansas University before transitioning into an instructional design and technology role.
He has won multiple awards for his work, including two for excellence in teaching and two for his use of instructional technology. He has published articles on pedagogy, academic technology, and the history of education. His work has been published in EDUCAUSE Review, The Teaching Professor, Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, and Criticism.