Retirement of Kristine Hansen

At the end of December, Professor Kristine Hansen will retire after 30 years of teaching at BYU. Dr. Hansen served as the first associate dean of undergraduate education over university writing, as well as numerous department, college, and university posts. Nationally, Dr. Hansen served as a leader and contributor to the Conference on College Composition and Communication, a major organization in her field.

Dr. Hansen was given the Karl G. Maeser General Education Professorship and the Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching Award. She wrote a textbook for English 315 that was adopted here and elsewhere. She mentored hundreds of students, including several who came back to BYU as faculty and in whom her legacy of exemplary teaching and university citizenship will live on.

KUER’s Lee Hale interviewed Dr. Hansen about how to inspire great writing. Go to to listen to the podcast.