About Me

My name is Michael Harris and I am an associate professor of higher education.  I have spent over ten years teaching and researching higher education issues.  This is my personal blog focused on demystifying higher education.  I do this in two ways.  First, I address current topics and issues facing colleges and universities.  Second, I write about productivity and personal development.

My goal is to improve how faculty and administrators lead in higher education.  As a result, I provide applicable and insightful information that you can use to improve how you lead on your campus.  If you want to lead in higher education and make a difference, I am writing this blog for you.

I typically post two times a week.  To keep up with my most recent content, you should subscribe through the email form on the right side of this page or the RSS feed at the top of the page.

My Biography

I am an associate professor of higher education and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. My primary scholarly interests are in public policy and the organization of public higher education. Much of my current research examines the issue of institutional diversity and the interplay between market forces, government involvement, and higher education.

My research has been published in the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Innovative Higher Education, Planning for Higher Education, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Trusteeship, and reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

I recently completed a term as a Member-at-large of Division J (Postsecondary) within the American Educational Research Association. I serve on the advisory board of the ASHE monograph series and have reviewed for the Journal of Higher Education, Routledge, Innovative Higher Education, Education Policy Analysis Archives, International Journal of Management in Education, and other leading journals as well as the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).

I hold a B.A. from the University of North Carolina in American History, a M.Ed. and Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in higher education administration. In 2004, I received the AERA Division J Dissertation of the Year award.

My Contact Information

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