Dr. Hanson joined the WTAMU faculty in 1989. She holds a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University in speech/English education and a master's degree from Louisiana State in speech communication, with an emphasis in public address. She completed her doctorate at Texas Tech in higher education with a minor in communication studies.
Dr. Hanson teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetorical criticism, gender communication and storytelling. She directs the annual storytelling festival produced by the Panhandle Storytelling Guild, a WTAMU student organization. She has served as president of the Texas Speech Communication Association, the Southern States Communication Association and as editor of the Texas Speech Communication Journal.
Dr. Hanson's research interests include popular communication, gender issues and storytelling (her cover story, "The Twelve Dancing Cowboys," appeared on the cover of Storytelling Magazine.) She also studies issues that impact first-year college students. She partners with Windows on a Wider World in bringing area elementary school children to the WTAMU campus each spring to attend the annual storytelling festival. She's recently published a collection of stories, Fractured Fairy Tales, Texas Style.
Hanson and her husband, Mike, are the parents of four children (Leah, Chad, Ashley and Tori) and seven grandchildren. She loves telling stories--to anyone who will listen. Although she recently successfully completed a Low Ropes certification course, she has no deisre to go rock climbing or jump off tall towers.