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About Jarrod Hanson

My arrival at the field education in some ways felt like coming home. I have educators in my family, with my father working as a teacher, principal and superintendent of schools, and my sister as a middle school teacher. When I finished college, I went another way and pursued a career in law. That path took me to Cleveland, Ohio, where I worked with an amazing group of colleagues in the field of public finance. During that time, however, I spent time each week tutoring middle school students in math and science (and showing them that lawyers can like math and science – and find those subjects useful!). These experiences reminded me of how much I enjoy teaching. After four years of the law, I decided to become a teacher.

The decision to be a teacher led me back to Denver, and I started teaching high school social studies in Denver Public Schools. During my years of teaching, I found myself working with thoughtful and talented people who cared deeply about students. I discovered that teaching involved a lot of learning, and that experience sparked my desire for more education. I left the secondary school classroom to pursue more education at the University of Colorado Boulder.

That brings me to the University of Colorado Denver, where I teach classes about social studies teaching methods. Engaging in the practice of teaching teachers feels like coming back to my family roots. As I think about the classes that I teach here and what I want students to think about when they leave, I hope it is that the teacher candidates continually ask the question about education that my father taught me to ask: Is this best for the students? It’s not always an easy question to answer and requires constant reflection; but, it reminds me, and hopefully my students, of how complex and beautiful teaching can be.


2013 - Present Senior Instructor & Site Professor, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • Spencer Foundation/National Academy of Education Dissertation Fellowship
  • Chancellor’s Fellowship | University of Colorado Boulder
  • Member of Program Committee | Philosophy of Education Society
  • Manuscript Reviewer | Democracy and Education
  • Co-Chairman | Student Association for Graduate Educators


2007 - 2013 Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder ‐ Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice | Specializations: Foundations of Education, Philosophy of Education, Social Studies Education
2000 - 2001 University of Denver ‐ Teaching Certification in Secondary Social Studies
1990 - 1994 B.A., University of Denver ‐ Political Science | summa cum laude

Contact Information

University of Colorado Denver
P.O. BOX 173364
Campus Box 106
Denver, CO 80217-3364


Published Papers (7)

Book Chapters (2)