Gretchen A. Oltman, PhD, J.D.
Gretchen A. Oltman, J.D., PhD

Gretchen A. Oltman, J.D., PhD

Assistant Professor
Program Director, Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
Program Director, Bachelor of Science in Leadership Studies
Graduate School

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Interdisciplinary Leadership

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Biography

Dr. Oltman is an experienced educator with over twenty years spent in the classroom and in educational leadership positions. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Program Director of the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program.  She is a licensed attorney and earned a Ph.D. in Educational Studies. She also maintains a professional Nebraska 7-12 teaching (English and Political Science) in addition to a 7-12 principal’s/administative certificate. As a public school teacher, she had the opportunity to develop curriculum, teach reading and writing courses, and manage multiple aspects of assessment. She has also supervised multiple K-12 student teaching candidates throughout Nebraska and Iowa. She regularly presents at local and national conferences, including the National Conference for Teachers of English and the Education Law Association. She is an Executive Committee Member on the NCTE's Standing Committee Against Censorship, a group dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment in our nation's schools. Her first book, Violence in Student Writing: A Guide for School Administrators, was published in 2010 and her second co-authored book, Law Meets Literature: A Novel Approach to the English Classroom was published in 2015.  Her research interests include education law issues, censorship challenges, leadership development, and issues regarding public education.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Educational Studies University of Nebraska-Lincoln; May 2009
  • J.D. University of Nebraska College of Law; December 1998
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Univeristy of Louisville; August 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts; Major in English University of Nebraska-Lincoln; May 1994

Certifications

Nebraska Attorney License
Nebraska Professional Teacher Certification, Grades 7-12, English and Political Science
Nebraska Professional Administrative Certification, Grades 7-12, Principal

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Oltman, G., Maddux, C, & Graff, J. (anticipated publication 2018). Law in real life: Case law for the social studies classroom., Rowman and Littlefield, 2017
  • Oltman, G. & Leibhart, K. (2017). Lived experiences of military veterans in the college English classroom. In E. J. M. Knox (Ed.), Trigger warnings: History, theory, and context (pp. 221-230). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, Rowman and Littlefield, 221-230, 2017
  • Oltman, G., Maddux, C., and Graff, J. (2015). Law meets literature: A novel approach to the English classroom. Rowman and Littlefield: Lanham, MD., 2015
  • Oltman, G. (2012). Violence in student writing: A guide for school administrators. Thousand Oaks, CA, Corwin Press, 2012

Articles

  • Oltman, G., Surface, J., & Stader, D. (2017). Living Education Law in 2017:  How Facebook, Prayer, Toilets, and Guns Impact Today’s Teachers. ClearingHouse. , Clearinghouse, pending, pending, 2017
  • Sharp, R. & Oltman, G. (2017). Academic freedom and censorship.  In J.R. Decker, M. M. Lewis, E. A. Shaver, A. E. Blankenship-Knox, & M. A. Paige (Eds). In The Principal’s Legal Handbook. Dayton, OH: Education Law Association.
    , 2017
  • "The principal-led book club", Principal Leadership, 2016
  • Brock, B.L, Cherney, I.D., Martin, J.R., Oltman, G. (2015). How to launch a doctoral interdisciplinary leadership program. Creighton Journal of Interdisciplinary Leadership,, Creighton Journal of Interdisciplinary Leadership, 1(1), 14-23, 2015
  • Oltman, G. When writing predicts violence., Principal Leadership., 2010
  • Hall, G. and Uerling, D. Single-sex schools and classrooms: Is ‘separate but comparable’
    legally permissible?” Journal of Women in Educational Leadership., Creighton Journal of Interdisciplinary Leadership, 1(2), 2003
  • Haar, J., Hall, G., Schoepp, P., & Smith, D. H. How teachers teach to students with 
    different learning styles. , Clearinghouse, 75(3), 142-45, 2002
  • Hall, G., “National Standards Already at Work.” News and Notes: A Publication of the Greater
    Louisville English Council. Summer, 1995., New and Notes: A Publication of the Greater Louisville English Council, 1995

Publications

  • Can leadership be taught? USA Today College. Retrieved from http://college.usatoday.com/2014/11/20/voices-can-leadership-be-taught/, USA TODAY College, 2014
  • Oltman, G. (2013, October 9). Have you become the dress code police? [Blog post].
    Retrieved from http://smartblogs.com/education/2013/10/09/have-you-become-the-dress-code-police/, Other, 2013
  • Oltman, G. (2013, August 21). The case of the unwelcome t-shirts (or 14 t-shirts, that is).
    [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://www.edjurist.com, Other, 2013
  • Oltman, G. (2013, January 10). Troublesome student writing after Sandy Hook. [Blog
    post]. Retrieved from http://www.edjurist.com, Other, 2013
  • Hey you! Get your dissertation done! USA Today College. Retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/pxwqzh2, USA TODAY College, 2012
  • When average is good enough. USA Today College Retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/ovy56g5, USA TODAY College, 2012
  • Advice from a kindergartner. USA Today College. Retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/ox4uytw, USA TODAY College, 2012
  • Dealing with student violent writing in the English classroom: A framework for public school administrators. Ph.D. dissertation, The University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Dissertations & Thesis at University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Publication No. AAT 3350257, 2010

Editing and Reviews

  • Oltman, G. and Lineburg, M. (2012). Tort liability. In A.G. Osborne and N.M. Roberts (Eds.), Dayton, OH. Education Law Association., Administrator’s guide to school law 2012, 2012
  • Oltman, G. and Lineburg, M. School boards/school districts: Governance and finance. In A.G. Osborne and N.M. Roberts (Eds.), Dayton, OH. Education Law Association., Administrator’s guide to school law 2011, 2011
  • Oltman, G. and Lineburg, M. (2011). Tort liability. In A.G. Osborne and N.M. Roberts (Eds.), Dayton, OH. Education Law Association., Administrator’s guide to school law 2011, 2011
  • , Journal of Enrollment Management, 2 issues-2010, 2010

Presentations

  • Incorporating author voices in censorship challenges: Authors as advocates. A session at the NCTE National Conference, Atlanta, GA., 2017
  • Law Meets Literature:  A Novel Approach for the English Classroom. A closing address at the University of Nebraska's Transformative Education in a Globalized Context:  A Professional Development Workshop.
     , 2017
  • Oltman, G. & Surface, J. "Dissertations Gone Bad...and Gone Good." A concurrent presentation for the Nebraska Women in Higher Education Conference, Lincoln, NE., 2017
  • Oltman, G. & Bautista, V. "Beyond the Buzzwords: Crafting a Personal Leadership Philosophy." A concurrent presentation for the Nebraska Women in Higher Education Conference, Lincoln, NE., 2017
  • Synthesis and Analysis: Using Legal Documents in the English Classroom. A concurrent session presentation at the AP National Conference, Anaheim, CA., 2016
  • The dissertation in practice: Designing a meaningful dissertation for leadership students. Innovative Practice Paper Session at the Association of Leadership Educators National Conference, Sacramento, CA. , 2016
  • Oltman, G., Maddux, C., & Graff, J. Law and literature: Incorporating legal texts in the English classroom. A session at the National Council of English Teachers National Convention, Washington, D.C., 2014
  • When doctoral students sue: Case law involving doctoral student lawsuits. Session presentation at the Education Law Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA., 2014
  • When doctoral students sue: Case law involving doctoral student lawsuits. ELA Conference. Paper presented at the Education Law Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA: Education Law Association., 2014
  • Gifted education: Advocacy, identification, and policy issues for 2013-2014. Concurrent session at the Education Law Association National Conference, Westminister, CO., 2013
  • Law 101 for English teachers. Round-table discussion at the National Conference for Teachers of English, Boston, MA., 2013
  • Implications of using student inventories in gifted programming. Concurrent session at the Nebraska Association for the Gifted Conference, Papillion, NE., 2013
  • All I needed to know about education law I learned in kindergarten: An overview of the legal issues facing today’s kindergartners. ELA Conference Papers. Paper presented at Education Law Association, Hilton Head, SC, 2012
  • Dealing with student violent writing. Round-table presentation at the National Conference of Teachers of English (NCTE) National Convention, Las Vegas, NV., 2012
  • Everything I needed to know about education law I learned in kindergarten: An overview of legal issues arising in kindergarten. Concurrent session at the Education Law Association National Conference, Hilton Head, SC., 2012
  • Advising the thesis process for LL.M. students. Concurrent session presentation at the national conference for LL.M. program administrators, American University, Washington, D.C., 2012
  • Dealing with student violent writing. Round-table presentation at the Education Law Association National Conference, Chicago, IL., 2011
  • What the kids are wearing: Troublesome T-shirts in the public schools Concurrent session presentation at the Women in Educational Leadership Conference, Lincoln, NE., 2011
  • Dealing with violent writing: Guidelines for administrators. Concurrent session presentation at the annual state convention for the Nebraska Council of School Administrators (Administrator Days), Kearney, NE., 2011
  • Oltman, G. and Uerling, D., Online harassment of school administrators by students. Concurrent session presentation at the annual national convention of Women in Educational Leadership, Lincoln, NE., 2010
  • Dealing with student violent writing. Concurrent session presentation at the annual national convention for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), Phoenix, AZ., 2010

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Dr. Oltman's research interests include education law issues, censorship challenges, leadership development, and issues surrounding public education.

Awards and Honors

  • Harold I. Moser Scholarship, 2015
  • 2013-2014 Fellow to the Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy, 2013
  • 2012 Mom Congress Delegate for the State of Nebraska, Parenting Magazine, 2012
  • 2010 NASSP High School Level Dissertation of the Year Award, National Association of Secondary School Principals, 2010
  • Florence Turner Karlin Scholarship, Lincoln Community Foundation, 2009
  • Peter Kiewit Teacher Achievement Award, 2002
  • John Gradwohl/Nebraska Council of School Attorneys Scholarship, 1997
  • Eastman Memorial Law Scholarship, 1995
  • Shawn L. Markel Memorial Scholarship, 1990
  • M.M. and W.F. Hoppe Memorial Scholarship, 1990