Hanssen’s professional profile includes a background in 19th century American literature and narratology, which she uses when working with teacher students to develop awareness and understanding of the cultural and historical contexts for the subject of English. Hanssen’s work with students as study programme coordinator of Bachelor of English has inspired her to experiment with different approaches to enhance student engagement and learning. Hanssen was awarded Nord’s Learning Environment prize in 2014, and in 2021 Hanssen received the prestigious Merited Teacher distinction.
Hanssen wishes to continue to explore the connections between literature and pedagogy in her forthcoming research, which includes an in-development monograph on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s literature for children and a book chapter on the aesthetic dimensions of literature teaching. She welcomes the increased opportunity to serve as a mentor to MA and PhD students that her promotion represents.