Senior Instructor Jarrod Hanson was recently elected chair of Faculty Assembly. The official voice of CU Denver professors and instructors, Faculty Assembly advises campus chancellors on matters of academic policy and ethics.
Hanson, PhD, teaches in CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development. He holds a PhD from CU Boulder and a law degree from the University of Chicago and has worked as a high school social studies teacher and a public finance attorney. He has a passion for social studies education, including the democratic and civic purposes of education. “I am excited to serve as chair of Faculty Assembly during this period when we begin to finalize and implement the vision for the university articulated by our community in the strategic plan,” he said.
Hanson hopes faculty will contribute to the strategic process. “Bringing the plan into implementation will require the strong voice, support, and cooperation of faculty,” he said. “I look forward to supporting and bringing voice to the amazing community of faculty at CU Denver during this time.”
Hanson will succeed outgoing Faculty Assembly Chair Michael Zinser, PhD, who teaches in CU Denver’s Psychology Department. Chancellor Michelle Marks recently spoke about Zinser’s leadership over the past two years. “What a time to lead faculty, through everything they’ve have had to do in pivoting to remote teaching and back again,” she said. “I especially appreciate the strong partnership we’ve had through our conversations across many topics, Michael’s strong support and advocacy for faculty, and ensuring their voice is at the table.”