Eric M. Olson, Ph.D.

Eric M. Olson, Ph.D.

Eric M. Olson, Ph.D.

Director of Sport Management, Professor of Marketing and Strategic Management
Dwire Hall 311C
Dr. Olson is the Director of the Sport Management program and has more than 20+ years of experience as a professor in the areas of marketing and strategic management.


  • Ph.D. in Marketing and Strategic Management, University of Minnesota, 1992
  • MBA Portland State University, 1986
  • BS in History, Lewis and Clark College, 1975


  • Strategic Management (undergraduate, MBA, DMBA, EMBA)
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Advertising and Promotions
  • New Product Development
  • Sales Management

Professional Experience

  • Interim Dean College of Business, UCCS, 2017-2018; 2019-2020
  • Director of the Sport Management Program, UCCS, 2008-current
  • Associate Dean College of Business, UCCS, 2005-2008
  • Chair of the Marketing, Strategy, and International Business Department, UCCS, 1996-2005 & 2009 - present
  • Turtledove Clemens Advertising Agency (Portland, OR)
  • AT&T
  • Graybar Electric

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to the University of Colorado Leadership Development Institute's Emerging Leaders Program(2005-2006)

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

  • Chancellor’s Award, 2015
  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, 2009
  • Outstanding Faculty Member award recipient, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2010
  • Outstanding Intellectual Contribution(Research) award recipient, 1997, 2000, 2005
  • Outstanding Service award recipient, 2003, 2013
  • Outstanding Distance MBA Teaching award recipient, 2004

University of Minnesota

  • Robert Lieberman Memorial Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence in Marketing, 1991

Research Interests

  • Marketing Strategy
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Sport Marketing
  • New Product Development
  • Design Management

Teaching Interests

  • Strategic Management at undergraduate and MBA level