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Dr. Brenda Hanson
Hanson earns business education award
Honor recognizes contributions to the communications
Leah Jackson

NATCHITOCHES – Dr. Brenda Hanson received the “Marlin C. Young Outstanding Teacher 2013” at the Federation of Business Disciplines southwest regional organization conference in Albuquerque, N.M. The Association of Business Communications awarded the honor.

 The award places a primary emphasis on the impact of the recipient’s teaching philosophy or methodology in business communication over the last three academic years. Criteria include teaching or training experience in business communications and related areas, evidence of positive student and conference participant evaluations and evidence of conference presentations, publications and other related research in business communication. Letters of recommendation, with at least one from an administrator written specifically for the award, are also required.

Hanson was recognized for co-authoring a research paper submitted to the Association of Business Information Systems (ABIS) at the Federation of Business Conference in Houston that on the 2011 McGraw-Hill Outstanding Research Paper.

“I am deeply humbled and proud to be the recipient of the Marlin C. Young Outstanding Teacher 2013 award,” Hanson said. “Not only is this award a recognition of my teaching accomplishments, but it serves as a recognition for Northwestern State and the School of Business.”

Hanson is an associate professor of business administration and office information systems. She received her M.A. in higher education administration and her B.S. in business education at Northwestern State. Hanson earned her Ph.D. in vocational education through the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development at Louisiana State University. Her research has been published in refereed journals and she has made numerous presentations internationally, nationally, regionally and locally. Her areas of teaching and expertise are management, business education and office administration. She has prior work experience in insurance, banking and as a business teacher in Louisiana, Florida and Michigan.

“In an era of rapid progression of electronic business communication documents, webinars for oral communication and formal written documents/letters, I find that it is more critical than ever to instill in all students the importance of the oral and written word not only in a business or industry setting but as an ethical member of our society,” she said.