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Renee Olander

  • Renee Olander
  • Associate Vice President for Regional Higher Education Centers
  • ODU Virginia Beach Center
  • Va Beach Higher Ed Ctr
  • Virginia Beach, VA 23453
  • 757-368-4108
  • rolander@odu.edu
  • Renee Olander has taught writing, critical thinking, literature and pedagogy for 25 years at both university and K-12 levels. A widely published writer, she has two chapbook collections of poems, A FEW SPELLS (2010) and WILD FLIGHTS (2000)
  • Education

    University of Southern Maine, 2005
    Major: Creative Writing
    Degree: M.F.A.
    Old Dominion U., 1987
    Major: English
    Degree: M.A.
    Mary Baldwin Col., 1984
    Major: English
    Degree: B.A.
  • Research Interests

    Poetry pedagogy; women writers; American poetry; Zora Neale Hurston; June Jordan; Walt Whitman; Frida Kahlo; representations of women in literature; representations of gender-based violence and violence against women in literature.
  • Expertise

    Literature
    Poetry, argument, women writers, American literature, and poetry pedagogy
    Women's Issues
    Gender-based violence, literary representations of violence against women, rape
  • 2003: "Apple of Our Eye Award", Student Virginia Education Assn (SVEA)- ODU Chapter
  • 2003: Dean's Service Award, College of Arts and Letters, ODU
  • 2003: Recognition Award, University Women's Caucus
  • 1998: "Most Inspiring Faculty Award", ODU
  • 1998: "Most Inspiring Faculty Award", ODU
  • 1996: Pushcart Prize nomination, SISTERSONG- WOMEN ACROSS CULTURES
  • 1988: Kate Smith Award for Poetry, AMELIA Magazine