Education and Training
In 2004, Jarding was selected to serve as a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics. Following the fellowship, Jarding was asked to stay on in a position as a member of the faculty at Harvard and continues to be a lecturer in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, where he teaches courses on political communication and political campaign management.
In 2013 Jarding's course at Harvard on Campaign Management was twice nominated for a "Most Influential Course Award" in American colleges and universities by the Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence Initiative.
Since 2010 Jarding also has been teaching annually at the IESE Business School at the University of Navarra in Madrid, Spain. Jarding has also taught at the University of Oklahoma, George Mason University in Virginia and American University in Washington, DC. In addition, Jarding has lectured at Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa, Northeastern University, Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Virginia Tech University, George Washington University, Wellesley College, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Tougaloo College.
Beginning In 2013 Jarding has been teaching annually at the ASPIRE Academy program for developing young leaders in Eastern Europe at their annual conference in Brasov, Romania. He has since been made a board member of the ASPIRE Academy of Romania.
In November 2012, the Financial Times of London profiled Jarding and his cutting edge methods of teaching campaign management techniques to students in America and around the world. In Madrid, the El Confidencial newspaper profiled Jarding's unique teaching methods in March 2013.
Jarding also regularly offers commentary to national and international news organizations including having appeared with NBC's Tim Russert, MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, Fox News, CNN's Inside Politics, NBC's Andrea Mitchell, Tucker Carlson, Hannity and Colmes, Fox Radio, Air America and many others. Jarding currently serves as a weekly contributor to National Journal's Congressional Insiders Poll.
In addition to his teaching and consulting, Jarding also is a sought after public speaker who has given major addresses including the keynote address to the CAESAR Foundation in Bucharest, Romania in May 2015. CAESAR is a policy organization for next generation leaders on which Jarding became a Board Member in August 2015. In addition, Jarding served as a panel moderator and presenter at the 16th Annual Symi Symposium in Corfu, Greece in July 2015. He has also addressed the Judiciary Working Committee on Election Preparations in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa in 2013, the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Political Action for Sustainability Network Lecture in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the 2015 Youth Leader Initiative in Athens, Greece, the 2012 POLIConference International Conference on Political Marketing, the 2010 Denver Forum on the State of American Politics, the keynote address to the 2010 National Farmers Union convention, the 2010 Lusk Lecture at South Dakota State University, the 2008 Keynote Address at the South Dakota Democratic Party convention, and the 2004 Center on Politics Lecture on the Future of the Democratic Party at the University of Virginia, to name just a few.
In June 2013, Jarding organized and moderated the historic International Peace and Reconciliation Summit in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This Summit brought together both political and religious leaders who had not been united previously since the 1995 Dayton Accords. It was also the first time that the Presidents of Parliament from Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republika of Srpska all appeared in the same legislative chamber. At the Summit, Jarding addressed the Parliament before moderating a panel discussion with the six Presidents present.
In 2011, Jarding founded the South Dakota Alliance for Progress a progressive think tank which worked to educate citizens on various progressive issues and causes. In 2011 and 2012, Jarding served there as President and as editor and senior contributor to the organization's weekly on-line newspaper, The Antidote, whose circulation reached a nationwide audience.