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university administrator , English educator

Allene Stuart Phy-Olsen, American university administrator, English educator. Certified teacher English as a foreign language. Carnegie and Ford fellows George Peabody College, 1961, 65-69; seminar grantee National Endowment of the Humanities, 1981, Alabama Endowment Humanities, 1987. Member Tennessee Honors Council (chair 1992-1993).


Phy-Olsen, Allene Stuart was born on December 12, 1937 in Glasgow, Kentucky, United States. Daughter of Allen and Helen (Stuart) Phy.


Associate of Arts, Stephens College, 1957. Bachelor, University Kentucky, 1959. Educational Specialist, Master of Arts, Vanderbilt University, 1965.

Doctor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, 1969.


English as Second Language teacher, Lycée Mohammed, Rabat, Morocco, 1959-1960;English as Second Language teacher, United States Naval Intelligence School, Washington, 1961-1962;English teacher, Kansas City (Kansas) Junior College, 1962-1964;Professor of English, George Peabody College, Nashville, 1968-1979;Professor of English, Alabama State University, Montgomery, 1979-1990;Professor of English, director honors program, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee, since 1990. Tour director cultural tours seminars to Soviet Union and Italy, George Peabody College, 1970-1973. Consultant public schools, Chattanooga and Bristol, Virginia, 1977-1983.

Peace Corps training programs consultant for programs in Liberia, Zaire and Kenya, 1970's. Lecturer on current affairs to many civic and church groups in area. Lecturer comparative religions and women's issues.


  • Certified teacher English as a foreign language.


  • Other Work

    • Author. The Bible and American Popular Culture, 1986, Presenting Norma Kline, 1988, Mary Shelley, 1988.


Member Tennessee Honors Council (chair 1992-1993).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: writing and public lecturing on comparative and popular religion, foreign travel, book reviewing.


Married Frederick B. Olsen, November 26, 1986. Stepchildren: John, Nancy Olsen-Durfee, Robert.

Allen Phy

Helen (Stuart) Phy

Frederick B. Olsen

John Phy-Olsen

Nancy Olsen-Durfee Phy-Olsen

Robert Phy-Olsen