Vice President for Faculty Affairs
Dr. Hansen joined Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 1975 after two years as Instructor and Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School. He has held many administrative, research,and teaching roles throughout his career.
Dr. Hansen holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies,University of Michigan, and has held many key positions at Rosalind Franklin University, including being an NIH-funded Principal Investigator, Director of Curriculum, Director of Minority Affairs, Director of Ancillary Programs,Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs, and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Hansen is a Professor with appointments in the department of Pharmacy Practice in the College of Pharmacy and the department of Physiology and Biophysics in the Chicago Medical School. He has held national leadership positions with the Group on Student Affairs of the Association of American Medical Schools. He has lectured publicly on student affairs, curriculum and multicultural affairs. He has previously served his community at Village President and chair of a community foundation,and remains involved in community advocacy.
As Vice President for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Hansen is responsible for the vision and strategic direction of the Office of Faculty Affairs for Rosalind Franklin University. He advises the President/C.E.O. with respect to University-wide issues affecting the faculty;provides leadership to the faculty as Advisor to the University Senate;maintains faculty appointments, tenure, and performance reviews; and assists both Chief Compliance Counsel and University Counsel with legal issues related to faculty. Dr. Hansen facilitates the University’s Faculty Development Program and supervises the Director of Faculty Development, providing continuing opportunities for professional growth for faculty. Dr. Hansen’s other professional responsibilities over the past few years include managing the successful accreditation process for the Higher Learning Commission, guiding the search for a new dean of the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, and development and implementation of the new Faculty Workload Model.
The Vice President for Faculty Affairs serves as Staff to the Academic Committee of the Board of Trustees, serves on the President’s Cabinet, and is the administrative liaison to the faculty governance body, University Senate.