The School of Education and Behavioral Studies
Counselor Education (GR)
Full Name: Olga Dietlin
Associate Professor of Counseling
B.A., M.A., Eastern Ukrainian University; M.Ed., Ph.D., The University of Toledo.
Dr. Dietlin has taught full-time in the graduate counseling program since 2010. A native of Ukraine, she was selected to complete her graduate studies in the US as a part of the Freedom Support Act Graduate Fellowship Program established by the US Congress to provide education to the citizens of the Eastern Europe and former Soviet Republics. Her dissertation study drew a comparative analysis of competencies in college student affairs in the US and the UK and received the Dissertation of the Year award from the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (2004). She joined PBA in 2004, first as its director of multicultural services, and later as the director of international and multicultural programs. Her primary role included offering counsel and support to over 100 international students at PBA. In 2005, she began serving as an adjunct faculty member, teaching multicultural issues in counseling (drawing from her personal, professional and academic experiences of working with diverse individuals) and later in research and program evaluation. She also teaches an interdisciplinary course in experiential learning for undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs across the globe. Dr. Dietlin has served in many leadership roles within the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators (NASPA). She organized several international symposia for college student affairs leaders across the globe and served as a consultant in developing counseling and student retention courses at the Universidad Virtual, Technologico de Monterrey (Mexico). Dr. Dietlin is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and its divisions: the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), the American College Counseling Association (ACCA) and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). Her research interests, publications and presentations center on the subjects of identity, culture and religion, multicultural issues in counseling, experiential learning abroad, and innovative pedagogy in the area of counseling research and statistics. She is a wife to Henri (native of Switzerland) and a mother to two preschoolers, Daniel and Anna Sophia (who are learning to speak Russian and French and already surpassing the command of the English language of their internationally-born parents).