History of Norwegian Department

Norwegian language was commonly used at St. Olaf from the beginning, as both the first two presidents, Mohn and Kildahl, as well as the founder, B.J. Muus were all born in Norway.  Some instruction in religion was  in Norwegian, and chapel services were often held in the language.   President Kildahl taught Norwegian in 1899-1900.  In the fall of 1900 he was responsible for founding what was later called the department of Norwegian language and literature.  Professor Theodor Jorgensen wrote up his recollections of the early history of the college and the department in this document:  A Record of Teachers of Norwegian at St. Olaf College, by Theodore Jorgensen, 1950

Faculty Members of the Norwegian Department 1888- Present

Jens Ness 1888-1890

John Nordgaard 1889-1894

John Dahle 1890-1892

John N. Kildahl 1899-1900

Peder J. Eikeland 1900-1920

Frida M. Bu 1902-1907

Ole E. Rølvaag 1906-1931

Johan A. Holvik 1907-1908

Olav Lin 1908-1909

Johan J. Thompson 1909-1955

Absalom Erdahl 1911-1912, 1915-1919

Gertrude M. Hilleboe 1915-1958

Karen Larsen 1919-1933, 1936-1952

Ida H. Hagen 1919-1920

Esther Gulbrandson 1920-1963

Ragna E. Tangjerd 1920-1921

Mariana Farseth 1921-1922

Andreas Elviken 1922-1924

Carl E. Nordberg 1923-1926

Clarence A. Clausen 1924-1925, 1931-1933, 1934-1964

Theodore T. Jorgenson 1925-1927, 1927-1965

Martha Byholt 1926-1931

John Marius Bly 1927-1947

Anna Thykesen 1928-1950

Nils Jacob Wulfsberg 1928-1929

Ella Valborg Rølvaag 1936-1937

Alf Houkom 1933-1946, 1947-1955

Nora Fjelde Jorgenson 1937-1938,1946-1965

Reidar Dittmann 1946-1993

Peder Galdal 1948-1949

Ingvald Torvik 1949-1950, 1957-1958

Finn Glambek 1953-1954

Lloyd M. Hustvedt, 1954-1987

Jorund Mannsaaker 1956-1957

Erling Dittmann 1965-1966

Robert Bjerke 1966-1971

Clifford D. Strom 1966-1967, 1975-1976

Daniel M. Popp 1967-1970

Odd S. Lovoll 1971-2003

Rune Engebretsen 1972-1977

Katherine J. Hanson 1974-1981, 1992

Solveig P. Zempel 1976-2012

Margaret Hayford O’Leary 1977-1986, 1987-

Kathleen Stokker 1977-1978

Louis E. Janus 1981-1989, 2005-2008, 2009-2010

Kjetil Flatin interim 1983

Einar Haugen interim 1985

Ingrid Semmingsen interim 1986

Frode Hermundsgård 1986-1991

Ingeborg Kongslien interims 1987, 2003, 2014

Magne Skodvin interim 1988

Dorothy Burton Skårdal interim 1989

Øystein Rottem interim 1990

Orm Øverland 1990-1991, interim 2002

Jan Ragnar Hagland interim 1991

Else C. Mundal interim 1992

Leslie Grove 1992-1997

Birgitte Grimstad interim 1993

Eivind Berdal interim 1994

Judith Torvik 1994-1995

Nancy Aarsvold 1995-2011

Turid Elsness interim 1997

Torild Homstad 1996-2013

Einar Vannebo interim 1999

Marte H. Hult 1999-2001, 2005-2006, 2008-2011

Anne G. Sabo 1999-2009

Kåre Rørhus interim 2000

Marit Richardsen Westergaard interim 2001

Orm Øverland interim 2002

Erik T. Cleven interim 2004-2006

Kari Lie 2001-2003, 2006-

Elisabet Rogg interim 2011

Rennesa Osterberg Jessup 2011-2012

Dean Krouk 2012-