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    Local: 218.477.2983
    Fax: 218.477.4612

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    School of Communication & Journalism
    MSU Moorhead
    1104 7th Avenue South
    Moorhead, MN 56563


    MacLean Hall 260
    1104 7th Avenue South
    Moorhead, MN 56563

    College & Department

    College of Arts, Media & Communication | School of Communication & Journalism

    Chair & Administrative Assistant

  • Hanson, Colan
    Faculty, Mass Communications
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260A
    Phone: 218.477.4036

    Colan T. Hanson – “CT” - (Ph.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1978) is a Professor of Communication and Journalism, at MSUM, specializing in Advertising, Public Relations and Marketing Communication. Hanson’s doctoral dissertation was, “A Rhetorical Analysis of the 1974 U.S. Senate Campaign in North Dakota.” Following his honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps, Hanson completed an undergraduate degree in English at Mayville State University and earned a M.A. in Speech from NDSU before attending Wayne State University. Currently, he teaches courses in Marketing Communication and Public Relations, and serves as Chair of the School of Communication and Journalism. CT joined the ranks of MSUM as a Professor in 1991. Prior to his arrival at MSUM, CT spend one year teaching and coaching forensics at Illinois State University and 16 years at NDSU where he served as Assistant Dean in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chair of the Department of Communication, Director of Forensics, and was recognized by NDSU’s Blue Key National Honorary Fraternity as its 1983 Distinguished Educator. During his years in forensics, he served six years as Chair of the American Forensic Association’s National Individual Events Tournament Committee and was a recipient of the NIET’s Distinguished Service Award; held a variety of regional and national positions in the forensic honorary society, Pi Kappa Delta, and was Editor of PKD’s journal, The Forensic. Hanson was named to North Dakota Speech and Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame in 1998, and was most recently named to Mayville State University’s Hall of Fame for the Performing Arts, in the educator category. A large number of his forensic students earned first place finishes in AFA-NIET competitions, as well as twice winning first place in the Interstate Oratory National Contest. While coaching advertising and public relations campaigns at MSUM, the PR team won the National PRSSA Bateman Case Study Competition, and his 1995 Ad team was MSUM’s first-time ever qualifier for the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Contest where the team finished 11th in the nation. Hanson says his years as an educator, coach and an administrator continue to be rewarding personal experiences, and he loves to witness the many facets of personal growth in his students through their participation in MSUM’s experiential approach to teaching and learning in the School of Communication and Journalism. As a member of Dragon Fire, you’ll often hear him saying, “Go Dragons!”

  • Olsgard, Wendy
    OAS Intermediate
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260
    Phone: 218.477.2983