Jane Hanson is passionate about the human connections and the empowerment for life that her membership in Mensa has provided. She has been a past Editor, Proctor and Scholarship Chair at the Local Group level, and even boasts experience as a Hospitality Chair for two RGs! Jane became a Foundation Trustee in 2013.
Jane is an alumna of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a doctorate in Foreign Language and ESL Education (University of Iowa). She currently teaches linguistics, composition, and ESL in UNL’s Intensive English Program and second language reading methods at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jane also teaches in UNL’s Indigenous Roots online educational program, providing instruction in second language reading methods for teachers and faculty in Native American schools across Nebraska.
Jane has also taught in the bilingual endorsement program in Teacher Education at University of Nebraska at Omaha. In addition, she served for three years as the academic program adviser in the Intensive English Program at UNL, supporting 220 international students. Jane’s research interests include second language teaching, the effects of second language learning and teaching on brain development, and creative, effective pedagogical design using online learning.
Jane contributes to the Lincoln community as the coordinator for the Lincoln Literacy Council’s FLAIR program, serving children of immigrants and refugees in Lincoln and pairing them in literacy classes with UNL Education majors. A native Nebraskan, she lived nine years in Venezuela and has traveled extensively. She speaks Spanish, Mandarin and French, and she is an avid reader, weaver and genealogist.