Study Travel Faculty
St. Olaf Study Travel programs are led by St. Olaf professors who are passionate about sharing their favorite subjects and destinations with travelers who want to be more than tourists.
Study Travel for adults has its roots in the college's 40-plus years of leadership in off-campus studies for undergraduates. The program leaders' extraordinary depth of experience in teaching and leading groups gives Study Travelers access to local experts and opportunities not available to individual travelers or commercial tour groups.
Jim Dunlop has traveled to Spain nearly 20 times. On previous visits he has led St. Olaf students for courses on theater, language and culture — which he taught at the college for 34 years — and has co-led courses on sociology and art (three times with Mac). He has co-led two Study Travel programs for adults.
Mac Gimse has extensive experience leading study groups abroad. Destinations include India, China, Italy, Russia, Cambodia and Thailand. In addition to Global Semester, he and his wife, Jackie, have led Term in Asia, Term in the Middle East and countless January Interim courses for St. Olaf students. Before retiring from teaching at St. Olaf, Mac was involved in the Great Conversation, Paracollege and Fine Arts Interdisciplinary programs. He also taught sculpture, the history of architecture, and the art history of China, Japan, India and Africa.
Margaret Hayford O'Leary
Margaret Hayford O'Leary has been teaching at St. Olaf College since 1977. She did her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received her undergraduate degree from Concordia College (Moorhead). She specializes in language pedagogy, particularly the use of technology in teaching Norwegian. Her first foray into language teaching materials was in the early 1990s when she co-authored a textbook for intermediate Norwegian, Norsk i sammenheng. She later co-authored a CD-ROM for learning Norwegian called KlikkNorsk. Her most recent book is Culture and Customs of Norway.
Margaret travels to Norway as often as possible. She spent two sabbaticals at the University of Oslo and in the summers, she teaches at Oslo International Summer School. She has also led several study tours to Norway and Scandinavia, including two for Smithsonian and two for St. Olaf Study Travel. In 2005 she led a companion tour to the St. Olaf College band, choir and orchestra tours of Norway.