Johnson-Olin named to English position at Potomac State

Martha M. Johnson-Olin, Ph.D., was named to the English Department this fall at Potomac State College of West Virginia University where she will be teaching various English and literature classes. 

Martha M. Johnson-Olin
Martha M. Johnson-Olin

Johnson-Olin earned her associate degree from Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas in 2001, her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Missouri/Kansas City in 2004 and 2007 respectively, and her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. earlier this year.

She’s an active contributor to “The Cinderella Bibliography” and her work focuses on women’s voices in Middle English literature.  “My research interests include teaching all levels of composition, folklore studies and medieval literature, particularly Middle English romance,” said Johnson-Olin. 

Awards include the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student from the University of Rochester in 2012 and the Sosland Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing from the University of Missouri/Kansas City in 2006.

Johnson-Olin is one of three coeditors who produced the entire volume of Medieval Women in Film: An Annotated Handlist and Reference Guide, with Essays on Teaching The Sorceress. Medieval Feminist Forum, Subsidia, no. 1, a second edition is forthcoming.

Other publications include: “Fairy Tale Motifs in Medieval Literature: An Annotated Bibliography for Teachers.” The Once and Future Classroom: Resources for Teaching the Middle Ages in Grades K-12 and “A Mutually Exclusive Curriculum: Course Themes with Mass Appeal.” The Composition E-Newsletter.