Professor Harford is a Professor of Education, Director of the Professional Master of Education (PME) and an elected member of the Academic Council, University College Dublin. She has served on several committees and working groups of the Irish state Department of Education and Skills and the Teaching Council of Ireland and has acted as an international advisor to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Estonian Research Council. She is also a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society (London) and the Massachusetts Historical Society (USA) and an International Clinical Practice Fellow of the American Association of Teacher Educators.
She is the Ireland Canada University Foundation Flaherty Visiting Professor for 2017-2018.
The Ireland Canada University Foundation Flaherty Visiting Professorship supports individuals who are leaders in their academic field, whose work will fulfill one or more of the following:
contribute to greater collaboration between both countries in areas of public service, economics and trade
contribute to a greater shared cultural understanding between countries
explore areas of strategic importance to both countries, such as energy, transport, communications, health, natural resources and environmental sustainability
open ways in which the Irish diaspora in Canada, and the Canadian diaspora in Ireland, can deepen their engagement with their country of origin.