Michael L. Hardman is a Distinguished Professor and Chief Global Officer at the University of Utah. He served as the University’s Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (Chief Academic Officer) in 2012-2013, and is past Dean of the College of Education (2007-2012). In his role as Chief Global Officer, he also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the University of Utah Asia Campus Not-for-Profit Organization in Incheon, South Korea.
Dr. Hardman has numerous experiences within education and public policy, including appointment as the Matthew J. Guglielmo Endowed Chair at California State University, Los Angeles; Visiting Senior Scholar at Cambridge University; Senior Education Advisor and Kennedy Fellow, the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation; Legislative Staff to the United States Senate; the Governor’s Representative to the California Advisory Commission on Special Education, University Coordinator for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring; President of the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education; and a member of the Board of Directors for several international organizations.
He has directed or consulted on several international projects on school improvement for USAID (Bosnia-Herzegovinia), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (France and Italy), UNICEF (Zanzibar, Tanzania), and the Government of Scotland.
Dr. Hardman has published widely in international and national journals in the field of education and has authored ten college textbooks of which two, Human Exceptionality and Intellectual Disabilities Through the Lifespan, are in their eleventh and ninth editions respectively. As a researcher, he has directed numerous international and national demonstration projects in the areas of educational policy and reform, teacher quality and professional development, inclusive education, and preparing tomorrow’s leaders in education