As a native of Bangor, Dr. Hansen earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science, with a minor in Public Administration and the Honors Program from the University of Maine. She returned to Bangor to practice law after she earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Maine School of Law. Dr. Hansen remains Of Counsel in the areas of business consulting, alternative dispute resolution and Guardian Ad Litem work. Further, she completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University and attained Mastery level of Prior Learning Assessment through DePaul University in 2010.
In 2013, Dr. Hansen completed her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership focusing on strategic change management, organizational behavior and the next generation of higher education leaders at the Chicago School for Professional Psychology. Her dissertation was entitled “Understanding the work-life experiences and goals of women middle managers in higher education.” She has presented on her work at the Bouchet Graduate Society Conference and other local conferences.
Dr. Hansen began working at Husson in 2003, where she has delivered a variety of classes in over 32 topics ranging from introductory courses through graduate level in the Business, Criminal Justice, and Paralegal programs. She has presented interdisciplinary courses at Husson University in the Schools of Pharmacy, Science and Humanities and Business as well as in the community, through the Penobscot Bar Association, the Maine State Bar and at national conferences.
Outside of Husson, she holds a gubernatorial appointment to the Board of Trustees at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and as a Dedimus Justice. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Penobscot County Bar Association, various Criminal Justice and Business program Advisory Boards at technical centers throughout the state of Maine and is an active member in Rotary.
Having worked with legal professionals, I understand that the key to education at the college level is to learn how to perform the work hands-on. While it is imperative to have a background from text books to learn the law, in order to apply this knowledge, one must see the legal world in action. In both the Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies Programs, I endeavor to find full time and adjunct instructors that bring this philosophy to life in the classroom as I do. One has to love what they do to be ready to do a job everyday and the exposure that students will gain from both programs will help them find that energy.