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Elaine Hansen: Our Leadership

Elaine Tuttle Hansen

Executive Director

Dr. Elaine Tuttle Hansen, the executive director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, has devoted her career to the education of bright young minds and the pursuit of academic excellence. 

At CTY Hansen has led initiatives designed to foster the continued growth and evolution of the organization in key areas including access and inclusion, talent identification and development, international advisory services, and public advocacy for the needs of pre-collegiate students with high academic potential. She has promoted a reinvigorated research program devoted both to the basic science that can expand our understanding of advanced learners and the translational work that connects evidence-based studies with practice.

At Johns Hopkins she has built relationships across schools and divisions including the School of Education, Peabody Institute, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Hansen serves as a member of the oversight committee of the Johns Hopkins Science of Learning Institute, a cross-disciplinary effort focused on understanding the most essential part of our human capital: the ability to learn.

Prior to her arrival at CTY in 2011, Hansen served for nine years as president of Bates College in Maine. She also served as provost at Haverford College in Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2002 and professor of English starting in 1980. A specialist in Middle English literature and the author of numerous scholarly articles and three books, she has taught a wide variety of courses in Middle English literature and contemporary women’s writing.

Hansen earned her bachelor’s with greatest distinction at Mount Holyoke College, and attained her master’s at the University of Minnesota and her doctorate at the University of Washington. Early in her career, she worked as associate editor of the Middle English Dictionary at the University of Michigan and taught at Hamilton College.

She is the recipient of research grants from sources including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. Hansen is also a member and past president of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship and a member of the Modern Language Association. While at Haverford she was the recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2009 she was awarded the Elizabeth Topham Kennan Outstanding Educator Award from Mount Holyoke College.

Since 2007 Hansen has served on the board of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Trustees at Franklin & Marshall College and a board member at the Educational Records Bureau.

An educator with broad experience, Hansen is frequently called upon to speak and write about a variety of issues pertaining to education, including the need to engage and challenge bright students and the benefits of learning for learning's sake. She has been interviewed by National Public Radio and published on the Opinion-Editorial pages of The Chronicle of Higher EducationThe New York Times, and The Baltimore Sun.

Note: Digital images of Dr. Elaine Tuttle Hansen are available by contacting Patricia Schellenbach.

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