Bill Harder

Director of Faculty Development and Teaching ExcellenceCAST

Bill Harder, Ph.D. is an educator and social scientist working in a variety of cross-disciplinary spaces that have at their core a focus on critical pedagogies and democratic storytelling. He is the Director of Goucher College’s Center for the Advancement of Scholarship & Teaching (CAST) and a faculty member in the Political Science program.

He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science and Public Administration and an M.A. in American Politics from American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington, DC. He earned a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism with a minor in Poetry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

His work and scholarship address how to effectively integrate inclusive and critical pedagogies to further student learning and growth. In addition to his pedagogical work, his work also explores state and local politics, gubernatorial politics, social media, and the documentary film industry. He is also an affiliated researcher at the Center for Media and Social Impact where he serves as the co-director of the State of the Documentary Field research initiative—a biennial survey of the global documentary film industry. 

His work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and in the Philadelphia Inquirer among other venues. Outside of higher education he has worked and consulted for a variety of organizations including: International Documentary Association, Distribution Advocates, American Political Science Association, World Wildlife Fund, and Resources for the Future.

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Publications

Harder, W. & Mullaney, J. (2021) “Never Getting off the Ground or Heading Home Early: Student Perceptions of Study Abroad Disruption in the Context of COVID-19” 60-76 in K. Bista, R.M. Allen & R.Y. Chan (eds.), Impacts of COVID-19 on international students and the future of student mobility. New York: Routledge.

Borum Chattoo, C. & Harder, W. (2021) The State of the Documentary Field: 2020 Study of Documentary Professionals. Center for Media & Social Impact, American University School of Communication with the International Documentary Association https://cmsimpact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/CMSI_KeyFindingsReport.pdf

Harder, W. & McGowan, B. (2020) “Recognizing COVID-19 as Trauma: Considerations for Student Affairs Educators and Faculty Developers” Developments. 17(3)

Gan, J., Snegg J., & Harder, W. (2020) “Swimming Pool Environment and Respiratory Health Issues Experienced by Masters Swimmers” International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education. 12 (4)  No. 7.

Borum Chattoo, C. & Harder, W. (2018) The State of the Documentary Field: 2018 Study of Documentary Professionals. Center for Media & Social Impact, American University School of Communication. Washington, D.C. http://cmsimpact.com

Harder, W. (2011) “What do We Expect from Our Elections and Campaigns.” in What do We Expect from Our Government. Lanham Md.: Lexington Books.

Hoffman, S. & Harder, W. (2010) “Food Safety and Risk Governance in Globalized Markets” Health Matrix 20, No. 1: 5-54

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

“Roundtable Discussion: Shaping the Future of Interdisciplinary Research” Times of Higher Education, London UK (virtual), June 2022

“Student Perceptions of Study Abroad Disruption in the Context of COVID-19” (with Jamie Mullaney) Critical Perspectives on Global Student/Faculty Mobility in Higher Education. Morgan State University, Baltimore MD, April 2022.

“Adopting a Global Education Lens for Faculty Development” Association of International Education Administrators thematic forum on Faculty Leadership in the Changing Landscape of Global Education: Modalities and Curricular Design. Baltimore MD, April 2022

“Faculties in Conversation: What We Mean When We Say ‘Global Education’” (with Mary Robert) Baltimore MD and London UK, January 2022

“Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Online Spaces: in conversation with CTRL’s Brian McGowan and Bill Harder” American University, Washington DC, April 2020

“Toward an Inclusive Research Methods Curriculum” American Political Science Association’s Teaching & Learning Conference, Albuquerque NM, February 2020

“Teaching with Social Media Data and Analytics” (with Jason Mollica) American University, Washington DC, August 2019

“Common Actors in Gubernatorial Inter- and Intra-state Information Networks” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC, August 2019.

“Collaboration and Experiential Learning Through Computer-Assisted Qualitative Research” (with Aaron Boesenecker) American Political Science Association, Centennial Center Teaching and Learning Symposium on Research Methods, Washington, DC, March 2019.

Invited Talks

“Liberal Arts and Sciences in the US” at London College Day, US-UK Fulbright Commission, London UK, September 2022

“A Pedagogy of Transparency: a Call for Faculty to always ‘Show Your Work’” at Richmond, the American International University, London, UK, September 2022

“Toward an Inclusive and Anti-racist Research Methods Curriculum” at Richmond, the American International University, London, UK, September 2022

“Trumpish Tweets & Trumpish Governors: Two Approaches for Operationalizing ‘Trumpishness’” at The Corrosion of the Liberal Democratic Order? Transatlantic Perspectives in a Perilous Time: Annual Meeting of the German American Studies Association, University of Heidelberg, Germany, November 2019

“Emerging Methodological Trends in Social Network Analysis for Public Policy Research” Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington DC, November, 2018