Michael S. Harris is an associate professor of higher education and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at SMU. His teaching and scholarly interests are in the organization and governance of higher education.
His work 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.
He currently serves as a Member-at-large of Division J (Postsecondary) within the American Educational Research Association. He also serves on the advisory board of the ASHE monograph series and reviews 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).
He holds 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.
Jordan Morrison is the program specialist in the Center for Teaching Excellence at Southern Methodist University. Jordan oversees the center’s events and is responsible for the internal responsibilities of the office. Additionally, she is responsible for the internal marketing and design for the Center for Teaching Excellence. Jordan joined CTE from the Department of Education Policy and Leadership where she served as the Senior Program Specialist working with doctoral and masters students. Before joining the SMU family, she served as an events coordinator at Rice University, planning academic seminars and colloquiums. Jordan earned a Master’s in Education with a focus in Higher Education from Southern Methodist University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing.
Molly Ellis is a first year Education Ph.D. Student at Southern Methodist University, Annette Caldwell School of Education. She earned a Master’s in Education with a focus in Higher Education from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Trinity University. She currently works as Graduate Research Assistant for the Center for Teaching Excellence at Southern Methodist University. Molly’s experience includes projects related to pedagogy, course evaluations, community development, organizational leadership, and educational policy initiatives. Her research interest includes assessment and evaluation, and the policies and infrastructures that surround such practices in higher education.