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geography and cartography educator

Judy Mae Olson, American geography and cartography educator. Recipient Award of Distinction, Canada Cartographic Association, 2005, Best Paper award, National Council Geography Education, 2006.


Olson, Judy Mae was born in 1944 in Waupaca, Wisconsin, United States. Daughter of Leonard A. and Hilma R.Olson.


Bachelor of Science, Wisconsin State University, 1966. Master of Science, University Wisconsin, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy, University Wisconsin, 1970.


Assistant professor University Georgia, Athens, 1970-1974. Associate professor Boston University, 1974-1983. Professor geography Michigan State University, East Lansing, since 1983, chairperson department, 1989-1994.

Visiting assistant professor University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1973, visiting associate professor, 1981. Consultant United States Bureau Census, Washington, 1975, United States Army Engineer Topographical Laboratories, Washington, 1983, 84, United States Department Transportation, Boston, 1980.


  • Other Work

    • Editor The American Cartographer, 1977-1982, United States National Report to International Cooperation Administration, 1984. Co-editor: Geography's Inner Worlds, 1992. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Fellow American Congress Surveying and Mapping (board directors 1976-1979, 81-82, Presidential citation 1979, 80, 84-85). Member American Cartographic Association (president 1981-1982), Cartography and Geography Information Society, Association American Geographers (honorary. Councillor 1990-1993, secretary 1991-1993, president 1995-1996), United States National Committee for International Cooperation Administration (chair 1985-1988, 99-2003), International Cartographic Association (vice president 1992-1999).


Leonard A.

Hilma R.Olson