Christina Olstad

Credentials: EdD (she/her)

Position title: Dean of Students


Phone: (608) 263-5700

Dean of Students Office
70 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Dean of Students- Christina Olstad

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Office Hours

Dean Olstad is available to meet with students this summer on Fridays between 2–4 p.m. by appointment only. Please contact Kathy Kuno to schedule an appointment.

Student Advocacy

Associated Students of Madison, Center for the First-Year Experience, Dean of Students Office,
Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, Parent and Family Program


Christina Olstad has served in various roles in student affairs and has nearly twenty years of experience in higher education administration, residential life and housing, student activities, and leadership development.  Christina received undergraduate and master’s degrees in social work at Augsburg University and an Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Vermont.

Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Christina served as the Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She held previous positions at Augsburg University, University of New England, University of Vermont, and Semester at Sea.  Her academic interests include social justice education, developing intercultural competence, supporting students in recovery, financial literacy, crisis response and innovative approaches to retention and persistence to graduation. Outside of work she enjoys working out, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Christina also leads the Dean of Students Advisory Board (DOSAB), a dedicated group of student leaders at UW-Madison who advocate for their peers by raising student concerns and providing valuable feedback to the dean of students. Badgers are encouraged to apply to work directly with Christina Olstad by sitting on DOSAB

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