In addition to being the Chair of CSUEB’s Department of Theatre and Dance, Professor Hird is a resident designer for the University. He has served on the regional boards of the California Educational Theatre Association and the Northern California Section of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. He has been recognized for educational and artistic excellence by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the California Educational Theatre Association. He made peer reviewed presentations on educational techniques in 2011 and 2012 to the Education Commission of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. Since 1991 he has produced over a dozen shows featuring CSUEB students and alumni in five countries, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
In the last few years Professor Hird has focused on administration, producing, and teaching theory. He developed the department's journal prompt for production projects and writing methods for teaching students to express themselves about issues and themes in the plays they have attended. So far he has produced all the department's international tours, including over a dozen productions on the Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland.