Portrait of Michael HarrisMichael Harris

Associate Professor Michael Harris, Department of Education Policy and Leadership, has been at SMU since August 2012. He earned his B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina, and his M.S.Ed and Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals on issues facing higher education and is the author of the blog, Higher Ed Professor: Demystifying Higher Education. He plans to continue CTE’s support for teaching excellence at SMU, as well as for expanding its mission to include issues of higher ed policy.

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Barbara WhiteheadBarbara Whitehead
Assistant Director

In addition to her position with the Center for Teaching Excellence, Whitehead teaches in SMU’s Discernment and Discourse program. She also taught rhetoric and tech writing at the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas, where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She is an experienced marketing communications and public affairs professional who has published nonfiction articles on diverse topics. She previously held the positions of Associate Director of Public Affairs for Perkins School of Theology and Director of Community Outreach for Dedman College.

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