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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Jan Hansen to be honored with Distinguished Education award

  • Jan Hansen, Ph.D., Chaska, originally from St. James, will receive the Purdue University College of Education’s highest alumni honor on Nov. 1 at Marriot Hall on the West Lafayette, Ind., campus.
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  • Jan Hansen, Ph.D., Chaska, originally from St. James, will receive the Purdue University College of Education’s highest alumni honor on Nov. 1 at Marriot Hall on the West Lafayette, Ind., campus.
     
    Every two years, the College of Education hosts the Distinguished Education Alumni Awards celebration to honor its most accomplished alumni. Hansen received her Doctorate degree in Educational Psychology from Purdue College of Education in 1988. She will be receiving the award for accomplishments in building educational programs both in the US and abroad.
     
    Currently Hansen is President/CEO of Educate Tanzania, a Minnesota-based nonprofit, dedicated to building Karagwe University College in Tanzania. While a doctoral student at Purdue, she helped Prof. John Feldhusen expand the Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI). As a research fellow and visiting professor, she helped Professor Miraca U.M. Gross at the University of New South Wales initiate and grow GERI’s sister center in Australia.
     
    After leaving Purdue, Hansen co-founded the Center for Pre-Collegiate Engineering Education at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. While serving as an advisor in Tanzania in 2008, she learned about plans for a university and wanted to help.
     
    In 2010, she resigned her tenured position from the University of St. Thomas to devote herself to building Karagwe University College in Tanzania. Since then Hansen has led efforts to bring education, water and health to the ‘neediest part of the world.’ Hansen has received numerous awards for her work and has published over 50 articles and two books.
     
    She serves on editorial and advisory boards and has led educational initiatives in the United States, Japan, Australia, Puerto Rico, and Africa.
     
     

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