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Portrait of Michael HarrisMichael Harris

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.

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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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