Staff and Leadership

Joe Underhill, Program Director

Prof. Underhill has taught courses in political science, environmental science, and international relations, and helped create the Peace and Global Studies program, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Model UN Program at Augsburg.  As the Batalden Faculty Scholar in Applied Ethics (2010-12), Underhill worked with Egyptian and Somali youth in the Twin Cities on projects relating to civic engagement and empowerment.  He has led study-abroad courses in New Zealand, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Egypt, and Tanzania as well as a semester-long study-away course down the Mississippi River.

In 2016 Underhill was recognized with the Distinguished Contributions Award in Teaching.  He is the author of Death and the Statesman: The Culture and Psychology of U.S. Leaders during War, and numerous articles and papers related to international peace and security, experiential pedagogy, and environmental politics and is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences.  The highlight of his work with the Forum has been to provide students with the opportunity to meet with and learn directly from Nobel laureates such as Jimmy Carter, Jody Williams, Beatrice Fihn, Martti Ahtisaari, and Wangari Maathai.


Bettine Hoff Hermanson, Managing Director

Bettine Hoff Hermanson served as the Academic Liaison and Program Associate at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Minneapolis before being appointed Managing Director. She holds over twelve years experience consulting several non-profit organizations, groups and individuals. This long-term consulting practice provided her with a strong understanding of educational and administrative operations, including tools for creating and managing successful programs, collaborations and partnerships from inception to implementation. Hoff Hermanson taught Norwegian at Augsburg University, and she is a contributor to the ARTFUL Teaching and Learning: Student Achievement Through the Arts Handbook, which was first published the summer of 2005. In addition, she has developed content for Artful Online, a collection of arts education resources that support and document teaching, learning, and facilitating in K-20 classrooms.

As a native Norwegian, Hoff Hermanson started her education in Norway at the University of Oslo and later transferred to St. Olaf College, Minnesota, where she received her undergraduate degree in Sociology. She continued her education in Norway, and received a degree in Social Work at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA).