Elaine Hansen’s lifelong commitment to education has led her to the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University, where she now serves as executive director. The center supports exceptionally able students by providing them with advanced courses, both online and in person, throughout their education.
Before coming to CTY, Hansen was president of Maine’s Bates College for nine years. She is credited with increasing the diversity of the student body, boosting financial aid, improving campus facilities, and implementing the largest fundraising campaign in Bates’s history. Prior to assuming the Bates presidency, Hansen was provost at Haverford College.
Hansen is also a distinguished classroom professor of English and noted scholar. Her academic interests range from Middle English to contemporary women’s writing and linguistics. She has published numerous academic articles as well as several books, including Chaucer and the Fictions of Gender and Reading Wisdom in Old English Poetry. In the 1970s, she worked as a lexicographer for the Middle English Dictionary project, spending three years reading every known Middle English text.
Before her appointment as provost, she was chair of the English Department at Haverford. Hansen was awarded the Lindbach Teaching Prize for her work.
She currently serves on the board of trustees for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.