Susan B. Harden, Ph.D., is associate professor of Education and director for the Civic Minor in Urban Youth and Communities. She is a teacher educator and expert on civic engagement. Harden’s teaching, research,and service expertise is in understanding community engagement at cultural institutions and developing engaged scholarship in higher education. She completed a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in cultural studies from UNC Greensboro. Harden is the first tenured faculty member to hold a significant elected office while on the UNC Charlotte faculty.