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
1900:  Formation of the College Department of Norwegian
Peder J. Eikeland 1900-1920 (chair)
Frida M. Bu 1902-1907
Ole E. Rølvaag 1906-1931 (chair)
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 (chair)
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 (chair)
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 (chair) King Olav V Chair, 1987-2003
Rune Engebretsen 1972-1977
Katherine J. Hanson 1974-1981, 1992
Solveig P. Zempel 1976-2012; spring 2016 (chair)
Margaret Hayford O’Leary 1977-1986, 1987-2018  (chair)  King Olav V chair 2017-2018
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; 2015-2016
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; summer 2002
Orm Øverland interim 2002
Erik T. Cleven interim 2004-2006
Kari Lie Dorer 2001-2003, 2006- (chair)
Elisabet Rogg interim 2011
Rennesa Osterberg Jessup 2011-2012
Christine Haerter Piñero 2011-
Dean Krouk 2012-2015
Kyle Korynta fall 2014; 2015-2018
Bjorn Nordfjord spring 2015; spring, fall 2016, spring 2018
Marit Barkve fall 2016
Mai Hauger fall 2017
Tyler Hauger interim 2018 (Political Science course)
Jenna Coughlin 2018-
David Natvig 2018-