Christina Olstad

Credentials: EdD (she/her)

Position title: Dean of Students


Phone: 608-263-5702

70 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Dean of Students Christina Olstad

Office Hours:

Dean Olstad is available to meet with students on Fridays between 2–4 p.m. by appointment only.

If you would like to schedule an appointment during office hours, please contact Cate Urbas at

Student advocacy departments

Associated Students of Madison Office of Student Assistance and Support Office

Office of Student Transition and Family Engagement Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards


Christina Olstad has served in various roles in student affairs and has nearly twenty five years of experience in higher education administration, residential life and housing, student activities, and leadership development. Christina received undergraduate and master’s degrees in social work at Augsburg University and an Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Vermont.

Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Christina served as the Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She held previous positions at Augsburg University, University of New England, University of Vermont, and Semester at Sea. Her academic interests include social justice education, developing intercultural competence, supporting students in recovery, financial literacy, crisis response and innovative approaches to retention and persistence to graduation. Outside of work she enjoys working out, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.