After receiving his degrees from the University of Kansas, Dr. Hardin accepted a Research Assistantship with the Molecular Biology Institute at the University of Zurich. After two enjoyable years in Switzerland he became a Research Associate at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
In 1992, Dr. Hardin moved into a position more heavily focused on teaching when he accepted an assistant professorship at Spalding University. At Spalding he rose through the faculty ranks to full professor and then into administration. He held the positions of Biology Program Director, Chair of the School of Natural Science, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Interim President. In 2004 he accepted the position of Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Dr. Hardin has held numerous other positions throughout his years in higher education, including Interim Director of Information Technology, Administrative Coordinator of the International Doctorate of Education, Director of the Graduate School, Faculty Trustee, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Advisory Board Liaison for the Academic Affairs/Outreach Council and Arts Council, and Chair of the Arts Programming Task Force at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Dr. Hardin is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He and his wife, Ingrid, have two sons – Eric and Brian.
Dr. Hardin’s research has focused on the control of gene expression. He has published a number of primary research articles and has presented at local, national, and international conferences. Additionally he is listed as a co-inventor for a recently expired US patent dealing with the molecular biology, detection, and treatment of malaria.