Hanson receives national award
for creativity and intellectual enquiry
June 2007—Susan Hanson, senior lecturer in English, has received the 2007 Sam Portaro Award for Creative Expression and Intellectual Enquiry from the Episcopal Campus Ministry Community (ECMC), which has ministries on campuses throughout the U.S.
The award is given to active members of the ECMC for contributions that have included innovation, publications, scholarship, and/or artistic endeavors. Hanson is only the second recipient of the award. The first was Dr. Stephen White, the Episcopal Chaplain at Princeton University. The award was named for Dr. Sam Portaro, author and Episcopal chaplain at the University of Chicago for 25 years.
Hanson has taught English and Honors courses at Texas State since 1975, and since 1995 she has served as lay chaplain for Texas State’s Episcopal campus ministry. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Texas State. Before she began her teaching career, she spent 20 years as a newspaper journalist.
Hanson is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment and the Episcopal Society for Ministry in Higher Education. In 2004, Texas Tech University Press published her first collection of essays, Icons of Loss and Grace: Moments from the Natural World. In 2007, University of Texas Press published What Wildness Is This: Women Write About the Southwest, which Hanson co-edited. She will also have an essay in Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark, due to be published in 2007 by the University of Nevada Press.