- Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles, 1979
- Bachelor of Arts, Rice University
Heather K. Hardy was appointed dean of the College of Liberal Arts at University of Nevada, Reno in 2005. From June 2011 to February of 2013, she served as the university's interim executive vice president and provost. Previously, she was dean of liberal arts at Colorado State University. She served as chair of the Department of English at Northern Illinois University from 1998-2003, where she taught since 1993. From 1981-1992 she taught at University of North Texas, where she was editor of Southwest Journal of Linguistics.
Hardy is professor of linguistics in the English department at University of Nevada, Reno. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in linguistics and English from Rice University and a doctor of philosophy degree in linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
She is a field linguist whose research area is American Indian languages. Hardy is co-compiler of Dictionary of the Alabama Language, a Muskogean language spoken in Texas (University of Texas Press), and has published primarily on the Alabama language and Tolkapaya Yavapai in such journals as International Journal of American Linguistics, Word, Lingua and Southwest Journal of Linguistics. She is co-editor of Native Languages of the Southeastern United States, published in 2005 by University of Nebraska Press.
Her courses have included morphology and syntax, language typology, field methods, language and gender, language in American society, language awareness, introduction to linguistics and introduction to linguistic anthropology.