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Michael L. Hardman, Ph.D.Michael L. Hardman, Ph.D.

Special Advisor

Michael Hardman is a University Distinguished Professor, Special Assistant to the Office for Global Engagement (OGE), Dean Emeritus, College of Education, and President/ Co-Chair of the University of Utah Asia Campus Board of Directors.   He is the former University Chief Global Officer (2013-2018), Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (2012-2013), Dean of the College of Education (2007-2012), as well as Chair of the Department of Special Education, Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning, and College Associate Dean for Research.  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, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and UNICEF.

Dr. Hardman has published widely in international and national journals in the field of education and has authored nine college textbooks of which two, Human Exceptionality (Cengage Learning) and Intellectual Disabilities Through the Lifespan (Pearson Group), are in their twelfth and ninth editions respectively.  As a researcher, he has directed 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.

Michael Hardman is married to Monica Ferguson, National Board Certified Language Specialist, Research Associate in the Urban Institute for Teacher Education at the University of Utah, Co-Founder and Former Director of the Stegner Writing Institute.  Mike and Monica live in Park City, Utah, and enjoy hiking, skiing, and tennis.  Together they are the parents of five children and have 12 grandchildren.


Last Updated: 7/2/18