Peter Olson

Assistant Professor

Westlake Hall 232
(309) 677-3693

Ph.D., Education (Urban Schooling: Curriculum, Instruction, Administration, and Policy), University of California, Los Angeles M.A., Educational Foundations; California State
M.A., Educational Foundations; California State University at Los Angeles
B.A., Psychology, Stanford University


Dr. Olson’s research focuses on the academic improvement of students who participate as tutors.  His research investigates the “teacher learning effect,” which explains the phenomenon whereby the teacher or tutor learns more during an educational activity than does the student.  Dr. Olson is particularly interested in studying and devising techniques that help lower-performing students improve their reading abilities.  He has presented his research findings at conferences for the American Educational Research Association and International Reading Association. 


Dr. Olson teaches Reading Methods: K-8, and Children’s Literature at Bradley University.  Previously, he worked as a lecturer in the College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles.   Dr. Olson’s teaching career began as a preschool teacher at Bing Nursery School at Stanford University.  He then worked as a classroom teacher in grades pre-kindergarten to third grade for Los Angeles Unified School District.  He also served as a Director of Education at a private tutoring center, where he worked with students ranging from pre-kindergarten to high school.


  • Elementary Education Curriculum Committee
  • Early Education Curriculum Committee
  • Library Committee

Conference Proposal Reviewer, American Educational Research Association (Division C—Learning and Instruction; Section 1—Reading, Writing, and Language Arts)