Dr. George E. Harding, III
Dr. George E. Harding began his love of languages while a student of French in Switzerland in the summer of 1966. In 1972 he graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with the B.A. in German. He entered Mississippi State University in the fall of 1972 and completed the M.A. in Modern Languages (German and French) in 1974. From 1974-76 he worked as an instructor of German and French at Mississippi State. Dr. Harding began the doctoral program in Germanic Language and Literature at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in1985. He was awarded the Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literature with a specialization in medieval literature and philology. Dr. Harding taught for five years in the Knoxville City School System as a German and French teacher, and for one year at Southeast Community College in Cumberland, Kentucky. Since 1987 Dr. Harding, who is now a full professor with tenure, has been coordinator of the German program at FMU and has taught French courses on a regular basis as well. In 1999 he received the Distinguished Professor Award, the highest honor awarded to a faculty member. Dr. Harding teaches all the German courses at FMU as well as some of the elementary and intermediate French courses and French 401, Survey of French Literature I.
An avid traveler, Dr. Harding has accompanied a number of faculty and student groups to Germany and has visited countries in Europe, North America, and South America. Beginning in 2004, Dr. Harding has taken FMU students to an intensive German-language course held in Schmalkalden, Germany each summer. He has presented workshops on the State of South Carolina on behalf of the Atlantische Akademie for the past several years. Dr. Harding has also led study groups to an annual seminar held at the PfalzAkademie in Lambrecht and Berlin, Germany for many years. These seminars provide credit for FMU students in history or political science. In the spring of 2011, Dr. Harding used a sabbatical leave to work at the Atlantische Akademie in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Dr. Harding is married to Sara Harding, a Spanish teacher at West Florence High School. They have two sons, Ted and Stephen, two daughters-in-law, Emily and Kelly, two grandsons, Jonah and Cutler, and one granddaughter, Berlin. Dr. Harding enjoys golf, travel, college football, is a licensed private pilot, and a certified keelboat sailor.