Virginia Hanson teaches agricultural communication courses and advises AGLSE-Communication Option students as well as the CALS club Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT). Her teaching aims to empower students to embrace a variety of modes to strategically communicate with various stakeholders groups about agriculture, science, technology, and community.
A teacher of English and writing for over 25 years, Virginia holds degrees in English. She has taught secondary English courses in public and private schools and various undergraduate English courses, including writing with research and technical writing. Her teaching interests include exploring the intersections of literacy, writing, and experience as well as creating student-centered and inclusive classrooms.
Originally from upstate New York, Virginia comes from a multi-generational dairy farming family. She interned at Cornell Cooperative Extension in 1989, assisting in radio publication as well as entomology and natural resources outreach. Virginia has served on various boards to support work connecting consumers with local farmers and growers.
Virginia was elected in March 2017 to represent the AgEdS department in the Iowa State Faculty Senate. Currently, she serves as an At-Large Senator for the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and chairs the CALS Caucus.