Education Department Faculty

Brad Olsen
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Education Department
  • Phone
    831-459-4933
  • Email
  • Fax
    831-459-4618
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • McHenry Library, McHenry Library #3163
  • Office Hours By appointment; please email me.
  • Mail Stop Education Department
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St.
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Teacher Education

Summary of Expertise

Teachers, teaching, and teacher education (with emphases on professional knowledge and identity); English education; critical pedagogy; sociolinguistics; philosophical perspectives on education; school reform; and qualitative research methods.

Biography, Education and Training

Brad Olsen is Professor of Education at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research and teaching focus on teachers, teaching, and teacher education (with emphases on professional knowledge and identity); English education; critical pedagogy; sociolinguistics; philosophical perspectives on education; school reform; and qualitative research methods. Dr. Olsen's most recent book is Teaching for Success: Developing your Teacher Identity in Today's Classroom (2010, Paradigm Publishers). He is also series editor for The Teacher’s Toolkit books. He is a recipient of the 2007 UCSC Excellence in Teaching award.

Before arriving at UCSC, Dr. Olsen was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002. Prior to this, Brad worked as a high school English teacher in Maine, Massachusetts, and South America, and a school administrator and teacher educator in California. He earned his B.A. in philosophy and English from Bowdoin College in 1989, and his M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1993.