Dr. Tina Olson, Photo taken by Kaci Smart/Public Relations

Columbia College faculty member Dr. Tina Olson was recognized by the Missouri State Society for Human Resources Management Council at its annual conference last week with the LEAD (Leadership, Excellence, Achievement and Dedication) Award.

The prestigious honor is presented to a professional in the Human Resources field who is as an innovator, advocate and/or thought leader. The award also recognizes a member of the Society who holds an outstanding record of volunteer service to the profession through leadership positions with the organization.

“I’m very proud to represent the HR profession, especially as a faculty member at Columbia College,” Olson said. “Mentoring and developing future employees and leaders through education is my passion, and I am humbled and honored to be recognized by my peers with this award.”

Olson joined the faculty at Columbia College as an instructor in the Robert W. Plaster School of Business in fall 2017. She has taught classes in leadership theory, strategic human resources management, organizational behavior, diversity and organizations and design thinking.

“Tina is truly deserving of this honor and we appreciate her efforts as one of our outstanding faculty members,” said Dr. Piyusha Singh, provost and vice president for Student Affairs at Columbia College. “Her professionalism shines through every day, and her teaching methods encourage open dialogue in class on topics surrounding the ever-changing field of Human Resources.”

Olson received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of Iowa, her Master of Education from Washington State University and her Master of Business Administration from Stephens College. She earned a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Maryville University and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a SHRM-SCP (Society for Human Resource Management-Senior Certified Professional).

In an effort to also serve her community, Olson has served in numerous community volunteer roles through the Heart of Missouri United Way; Women’s Network, which is a division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce; Dolly Parton Imagination Library; Rotary; and the Youth Empowerment Zone. Tina served as a district representative for the State of Missouri Society for Human Resource Management State Council and is the previous president of her local HR chapter. Most recently, Olson served on the board of directors for the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation. She currently acts as an advisor to this board.