Dr. Daniel H. Olsen has been named the “2018 Faculty of the Year” for the Department of Geography. Dr. Olsen was selected for his outstanding research productivity, excellence in teaching, and service to the discipline and the university. During 2018, Dr. Olsen published five articles/book chapters (and an additional three so far in 2019):
- Olsen, D. (2019). “Teach all Nations”: Language and the Internationalization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In Stanley D. Brunn (Ed.), The Changing World Language Map. Berlin: Springer.
- Olsen, D. (2019). Best Practice and Sacred Site Management: The Case of Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. In Maureen Griffins and Peter Wiltshier (Ed.), Managing Religious Tourism. CABI.
- Olsen, D. (2019). Religion, Pilgrimage, and Tourism in the MENA Region. In Dallen J. Timothy (Ed.), Routledge Handbook on Middle East Tourism (pp. 109-124). Routledge.
- Olsen, D. (2018). Pilgrimage Trails and Routes: Journeys from the Past to the Present. In Daniel H. Olsen and Anna Trono (Ed.), Religious Pilgrimage Routes and Trails: Sustainable Development and Management. CABI.
- Olsen, D. (2018). Pilgrimage and Identity along the Mormon Trail: Religious Pilgrimage Routes and Trails: Sustainable Development and Management. CABI.
- Olsen, D. (2018). The Talpa de Allende Pilgrimage Trail. In Daniel H. Olsen and Anna Trono (Ed.), Religious Pilgrimage Routes and Trails: Sustainable Development and Management. CABI.
- Olsen, D. (2018). Tourism, Salt Lake City, and the Cultural Heritage of Mormonism. In Richard Butler and Wantanee Suntikul (Ed.), Tourism and Religion: Issues, Trends and Implications. Channel View Publications.
- Olsen, D. (2018). Religious Routes, Pilgrim Trails: Spiritual Pathways as Tourism Resources. In Richard Butler and Wantanee Suntikul (Ed.), Tourism and Religion: Issues, Trends and Implications. Routledge.
Dr. Olsen also taught Geography and World Affairs, Tourism: Patterns and Analysis, Geography of the US and Canada, Tourism Planning, and served on the department’s Publicity and Promotions Committee. As part of the committee he organized the “Brown Bag Lecture Series” which began in Winter 2019.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies (Honours Geography and History) from the University of Waterloo in Canada in 1998. He then went to Bowling Green State University where he completed a Master’s of Education in Recreation and Leisure (2000) before returning to the University of Waterloo for a PhD in Geography (2008). He joined the BYU faculty as an Associate Professor in 2014. Prior to BYU, he taught at as a Graduate Student at Waterloo, Bowling Green, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Brock University, and then as a faculty member at Brandon University, where he served as the Chair of the Department of Geography.
His research has primarily been in tourism, especially the intersection between religion and tourism. His other interests include “Last Chance Tourism” (places that are disappearing), tourism signs, and tourism for the disabled.
Dr. Olsen and his wife of 20 years, Janet Juarez, of Waterloo, Canada, are the parents of four children.