Steven Olswang

Emeritus Professor

Dr. Steven G. Olswang is professor emeritus of the College of Education. Previously he served as Vice Provost and Vice Provost for International Education for all three campuses of the University of Washington. He taught in the College's educational leadership and policy studies program and was adjunct professor at UW School of Law. As vice provost, Dr. Olswang was responsible for the University's faculty personnel system and policy matters related to faculty, administration, and international education. He served as interim chancellor of the University of Washington Tacoma from March 2004 to April 2005.

Dr. Olswang's area of teaching and research specialization includes all facets of law and education, with particular emphasis on legal issues in faculty personnel and governance. He has published over 40 articles, monographs, and chapters on higher education legal issues. Dr. Olswang received his law degree from the University of Illinois in 1971, and after several years of private practice and teaching (Loyola School of Law, Chicago), entered the doctoral program in higher education at the University of Washington, receiving his Ph.D. in 1977. In autumn 1994, Dr. Olswang was a Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge (U.K.) as a J. William Fulbright Academic Administrative Fellow. In 1997, he was named as a Fellow of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. In October 2006, Steven G. Olswang will travel to the Universities of Berlin, Bonn, Karlsruhe and Heidelberg in Germany, as one of five U. S. members of the Fulbright Seminar: European University Reforms in German; jointly supported by the German-American Fulbright Commissions.

Dr. Olswang is active in several associations, including the Association for the Study of Higher Education. In 1997 he was named a Fellow of the National Association of college and University Attorneys.

Dr. Olswang co-authored the book Faculty Freedoms and Institutional Accountability: Interactions and Conflicts (1985), and recently co-authored Olswang, S.G. and Cameron, C.A., Academic Freedom and Tenure; a Compendium.  2 Volumes. National Association of College and University Attorneys (2006).

Ph.D. University of Washington, 1977

Olswang, S.G. and Cameron, C.A. (2006). Academic Freedom and Tenure; a Compendium. Washington D.C.: National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Spaulding, R., and Olswang, S.G. (2006).  Maximizing Enrollment Yield Through Financial Aid Packaging Policy.  Journal of Student Financial Aid, (In Press).

Cameron, C.A., Meyers, L.E., and Olswang, S.G. (2005). Academic Bill of Rights: Conflict in the Classroom.  Journal of College and University Law. 31(2), 101-149.

Quinn, K., Edwards-Lange, S., and Olswang, S.G. (2004). Family Friendly Policies And The Research University.  Academe, 90(6), 32-34.

Olswang, S.G., Cameron, C.A., Babbitt, E.M. and Kamai, E.K. (2003).  Retrenchment.  Journal of College and University Law, 30 (1), 47-74.

Olswang, S.G.  (2003).  The Future of Tenure.  Change, 35(3), 36-37.

Taylor, E. and Olswang, S.G.  (1999). Peril or promise: The effect of desegregation litigation on historically black colleges.  The Western Journal of Black Studies, 23(2), 73-82.

de Give, M. and Olswang, S.G.  (1999).  The making of a branch campus system: A statewide strategy of coalition building.  The Review of Higher Education, 22(3), 287-313.

Olswang, S.G.  (1998).  The ombuds’ place in the university.  The Journal 1998 of the California Caucus of College and University Ombuds, 1(1), 14-17.

Taylor, E. and Olswang, S.G.  (1997).  Crossing the color line: African Americans and predominantly White universities.  College Student Journal, 31(1), 11-18.

Olswang, S.G.  (1997).  Academic abstention stronger than ever, despite Vaksman.  Journal of Law & Education, 26(1), 91-96.

Burgstahler, S. and Olswang, S.G.  (1996).  Computing and networking services for students with disabilities: How do community colleges measure up?  Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 20(4), 363-376.

Finkel, S. and Olswang, S.G.  (1995).  Child rearing as a career impediment to women assistant professors.  Review of Higher Education, 19(2), 123-139.

Finkel, S. and Olswang, S.G.  (1995).  Maternity leave policies in research universities. 1995 AAUW Conference Proceedings.

Finkel, S., Olswang, S.G., and She, N. (1994).  Childbirth, tenure, and promotion for women faculty.  Review of Higher Education, 17 (3), 259-270.

Discala, J., Olswang, S.G., and Niccolls, C.S. (1992).  College and university responses to the emotionally or mentally impaired student.  Journal of College and University Law, 19, 17-33.

Fassett, W.E., and Olswang, S.G. (1991).  Affiliate faculty and student evaluation, discipline and dismissal.  American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 55, 211-218.

Hendrickson, R.M., Lee, B.A., Loomis, F.D., and Olswang, S.G. (1990).  The impact of the civil rights restoration act on higher education.  West’s Education Law Reporter, 60, 671-690.