Margaret Hayford O’Leary has been teaching at St. Olaf College since 1977. She did her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her undergraduate degree at Concordia College (Moorhead) in German and education. She specializes in language pedagogy, particularly the use of technology in teaching Norwegian. Her first foray into language teaching materials was in the early 1990s when she co-authored a textbook for intermediate Norwegian, Norsk i sammenheng. She later co-authored a CD-ROM for learning Norwegian called KlikkNorsk.
Her most recent book is Culture and Customs of Norway, Greenwood Press, 2010.
The next project is Colloquial Norwegian, co-authored with Torunn Andresen.
Margaret travels to Norway as often as possible, and
spent two sabbaticals at the University of Oslo. She has also led several study tours to
Norway and Scandinavia, including two for Smithsonian
and two for St.
Olaf College Center for Life-Long Learning. In
2005 she led a companion tour to the St.
Olaf College band, choir and orchestra tours of
Norway, and in the summers, she teaches at the Oslo International Summer School.In 2013 she will be leading another St. Olaf tour, accompanying the St. Olaf Choir on its centenniel tour of Norway.
Since 2007, she has been teaching at the University of Oslo International Summer School.
Professor O’Leary lives in Northfield, MN with
her husband. Her younger son is a St. Olaf student majoring in Norwegian and Enviromnental Studies. He spent a semester on the DIS program in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2010, and studied at summer schools in Bergen and Oslo. Her older son graduated from Concordia College
(Moorhead) in 2007 and works for Avtex in Bloomington, MN. Her daughter graduated from St.
Olaf in 2002 and William Mitchell law school in 2009. She is now a law clerk in Aitkin, MN. Her youngest son graduated Phi Beta Kappa from St. Olaf in 2012 with a major in Norwegian.