Director, Bard Master of Arts in Teaching Program
Stephen Mucher is the director of the Bard Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) program, located on HOLA’s campus. A North Carolina native, Stephen began his education career internationally as a high school teacher in Honduras and in the islands of Micronesia before spending a decade in secondary and post-secondary positions throughout metro-Detroit. Since 2007, Stephen has served on the faculty at Bard College where he has taught in the M.A.T Program, the Bard Prison Initiative, the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities and the Institute for Writing and Thinking. Most recently Stephen has consulted on professional development projects for the New York Department of Education, the Harlem Children’s Zone, and in Sacramento City Unified Schools.
A historian by training, Stephen earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is an active member of the History of Education Society, the National Council for Social Studies, and the American Educational Research Association. His research and teaching explores the intersection of history, policy, and disciplinary teaching practices as well as the role the liberal arts in teacher preparation.
Stephen enjoys silent films, backcountry travel, Dodger baseball, and time with his son and daughter.