Margaret Hanson, Phd


Margaret Hanson

Associate University Dean, The Graduate School

Margaret M. Hanson has served as the Associate Dean for the Graduate School since November 2011, and as such, she is the formal Director of the Preparing Future Faculty program.  She holds her PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and BS in physics from the University of Minnesota.  She began at the University of Cincinnati in 1998 as assistant professor in physics, and became associate professor and full professor of physics in 2003 and 2009, respectively. Hanson is broadly published, including contributions in two graduate textbooks on astrophysics, and has garnered nearly $2M in external grants and contracts.  She has supported and trained 3 post-doctoral associates and a dozen masters and PhD students. 

Hanson has served as the Associate Editor-in-Chief for the Astronomical Journal for 8 years, been elected to two national positions with the American Astronomical Society (chair, nominating committee and council) and serves on several commissions for the International Astronomical Union.  Before serving as Associate Dean, she was program director of the physics undergraduate program.  She serves on The AURA Workload and Diversity Committee, which monitors the hiring practices and work environment at the five large, National Astronomical Centers.   For 12 years, she has run a monthly afterschool science program that reaches approximately 200 6th and 7th grade girls annually.