- Organizational Leadership
Current Job and Position
Associate Professor/Program Coordinator of Organizational Leadership. Prior to serving in this position, Dr. Hansen served as Executive Director for the Emerson Center for Leadership & Service, Interim Vice President/Dean of Student Life, and Director of Counseling and Health Services. In his faculty role, Dr. Hansen has taught a variety of courses and labs within the Leadership Studies, Psychology, Transnational Studies, and Westminster Seminar programs. He serves as the primary academic advisor to students pursuing a Self-Designed-Major or Minor in Organizational Leadership and related fields. Dr. Hansen is the faculty advisor for Westminster’s Mens Soccer Team and a number of student organizations involved with social justice, environmental advocacy and community/civic engagement.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia with majors in anthropology and sociology. His Masters and Doctoral degrees, also earned at the University of Missouri, are in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Health and Community Psychology. His doctoral internship was at the University of Maine’s counseling and health center.
Dr. Hansen came to Westminster College in the fall of 1986 after counseling and teaching at the University of Missouri for thirteen years. During his 1993-94 sabbatical, Dr. Hansen worked at the University of Maine’s Counseling Center and with the Bangor Mental Health Institute, the state’s largest psychiatric hospital. He also served as an adoption caseworker, the assistant director of a national leadership program, and the founder/director of two outdoor adventure programs, including Project Quest. During his 25+ years at Westminster, Dr. Hansen served as the first coach for the college’s women’s soccer program, the first Greek Advisor, and the NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative. For the past eight years, Dr. Hansen has worked extensively in Rwanda and Tanzania where he represents Humanity for Children and its local initiative, The Rwanda Community Partnership. This global partnership brings together the City of Fulton and Callaway County with Kibungo Town and Ngoma District in Rwanda. Each year, Dr. Hansen gathers a team of students and community volunteers to join him in his East African work, specifically in the areas of access to health care, economic empowerment through micro-loans, building school-to-school and church-to-church partnerships, and helping young East Africans receive higher levels of education. In the Spring 2014 semester, Dr. Hansen taught at the WC-Mesa campus.
During his career, Dr. Hansen has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of organizational leadership, cross-cultural leadership, counseling theory/methods, health psychology, career psychology, mediation/conflict resolution and Westminster Seminar topics of community development, abnormal psychology, and eco-psychology.
Current Areas of Professional Involvement
Dr. Hansen’s primary areas of interest include community and health psychology, leader development, cross-cultural psychology/leadership, experiential education, environmental action, and social justice issues. He has served on a number of advisory boards, including Central Missouri Community Action (an eight-county “war on poverty” organization), Fulton State Hospital, Humanity for Children, and Habitat for Humanity. Dr. Hansen has co-led international service trips to Eastern Europe and Africa, and he continues to work on creating deep-learning immersion experiences for Westminster students in developing regions of the world. His current work in Africa focuses on the establishment of an educational and research center in Northern Tanzania that will provide a cultural heritage center, teacher education program, and training programs in health care for the Maasai and other indigenous people.
Bob with children who are HIV positive in Kibungo, Rwanda
Bob with his international service team in Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania
Bob in Kenya with two heath care workers at the Humanity for Children clinic
Bob at a house building project in El Salvador
Bob receiving a calf from his "cow brother" in Maasailand (Tanzania)
He and his wife, Linda, live on a small “Ozark farm” in western Callaway County where they have raised two children – Matt and Callie – and a variety of animals, including horses, cattle, sheep, dairy goats, dogs and cats. Linda is a retired art educator from the Jefferson City Public Schools. Dr. Hansen is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys international travel, hiking, beekeeping, canoeing and backcountry camping. Bob and Linda now have four grandchildren.
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, 'We did this ourselves.’
Lao Tzu, , 604-531 B. C., Founder of Taoism, Tao Te Ching
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead, anthropologist
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi