Dr Gerhardt holds an EdD from Canterbury Christ Church University and prior to academia, he had a background working in the third sector as a community leader, strategist, curriculum and programme development and CPD officer. Academically he has held positions as a programme director, project and academic lead and has a nationally and internationally recognised specialism in work integrated learning (WIL). He has taught at institutions such as Canterbury Christ Church University, Durham University, Roehampton University, Ulster University, University of London Birkbeck, University of West London, Pearson College London, University of Essex Online, UniCAF and the Greenwich School of Management. Dr Gerhardt was editor of a WIL publication called Applications of Work Integrated Learning Among Gen Z and Y Students published in 2021. He is the chair of the Guest Editorial team for a special WIL edition with Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning Journal (2022-2023). He is also a reviewer for the Journal of Work-applied Management, the International Journal of Educational Management and Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning Journal. He has organised and run various international WIL conferences.
Dr Gerhardt is a network convenor for the Working Life and Learning Network of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA). He has been involved in presenting and coordinating webinars with the Australian Cooperative Educational Network (ACEN) and the New Zealand WIL network. He is a member of the World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE) and was a guest on the Canadian Cooperative Education Work Integrated Learning (CEWIL) podcast. He is an external examiner and has been an external in the past on various university validation panels. He has his own Udemy courses and runs a WIL podcast. Dr Gerhardt is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has been involved in WIL projects with organisations such as Omnicom Ethic, Arcese Logistics, Connect Ocean.
Dr Gerhardt has research interests in work integrated learning, work based learning, reflection, early career talent management, educational management and WIL staff development.
Dr Gerhardt teaches research, strategy, reflection and self-directed learning modules, business management, human resource management, teamwork and leadership.
At UniCAF he is supervising two students, one from Rwanda and one from Antigua:
Investigating the impact of the Blended Learning Model on the access to Higher Education in Rwanda (ongoing)
The Role of Youth Organizations in Preparing Young People for the Workplace: The Case of Antigua and Barbuda (ongoing)