Pamela McDowell has worked in student affairs administration at St. Olaf since 1991, and has served as associate dean of students for residence life since 2003. She has served as the college’s conduct officer since 2009 and has provided informational assistance to students involved in cases of sexual harassment and misconduct, and both conducted and adjudicated investigations of sexual misconduct.

As the leader of the college’s residence life program, Pamela also collaborates with education and training efforts for all students, oversees the training of residence life staff as first responders in cases of sexual misconduct, and coordinates interim measures for housing adjustments and other accommodations that may be necessary following reports of misconduct or harassment.

Pamela’s years of professional development in relation to Title IX include extensive training on conducting investigations with particular emphasis on trauma-informed processes. She holds a B.A. in business administration from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.


Married to Steve McDowell; daughters Madeline and Kelin