Elaine Tuttle Hansen Elaine Tuttle Hansen, a scholar and educator who has served as executive director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth since 2011, will step down at the end of December.

Under Hansen’s leadership, CTY has enhanced its renowned summer programs, expanded its research efforts and resources, further developed its online and international presence, and helped place thousands of advanced pre-college students on the track toward achieving their full potential. Her commitment to improving educational opportunities for young people and for strengthening and growing CTY’s impact around the world has been unwavering. 

“A place like CTY is so special,” said Hansen.  “The more I reflect on it, the more I value the essential role it has to play in nurturing advanced young learners and modeling best practices for transformative teaching. CTY has had an immeasurable impact on generations of young people. We still have much to learn from the stories of personal transformation that so many former CTYers have shared with me.”

A former president of Bates College and provost of Haverford College and a Middle English scholar, Hansen arrived in Baltimore with a vision for the role CTY and Johns Hopkins could play in the unique and important space between K-12 academics and higher education. Critical to this vision has been her belief that students of all backgrounds should have the opportunity to develop a love of learning for learning’s sake.

During Hansen’s tenure, CTY solidified its commitment to access and inclusion, awarding more than $5 million annually in financial aid to students around the country. She has been instrumental in developing the CTY Emerging Scholars Program in Baltimore, a pilot after-school program that partners with Baltimore City Public Schools to improve learning opportunities for advanced elementary school students in under-resourced neighborhoods. The free program currently reaches 200 second- through fourth- graders in 16 city schools.

Hansen plans to take a sabbatical after leaving CTY, and then hopes to return to her scholarly work in Middle English and feminist literature and pursue a number of other projects.

Johns Hopkins University is currently conducting a national search for Hansen’s successor at CTY and plans to announce the appointment early next year. In the meantime, Amy Shelton, who is co-chairing the CTY executive director search, has agreed to serve as interim director of CTY beginning Jan. 2.

Shelton has served as CTY’s director of research since 2013 and is a professor and associate dean for research in the School of Education. She holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine and Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and has served on the steering committee for the university-wide Science of Learning Institute.

Shelton’s steadfast commitment to the mission of CTY, recent administrative experience as associate dean, and proven ability to collaborate with colleagues across the university make her ideally suited for this position, said Sunil Kumar, provost of Johns Hopkins University.


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