Michael Harris
Associate Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence

Higher Ed

  • Faculty
  • Tenure
  • Liberal education
  • Public universities
  • Leadership search

Michael S. Harris is an associate professor of higher education and director of Southern Methodist University’s Center for Teaching Excellence. His primary research interests consider faculty, governance, tenure, leadership in higher education, and the strategy and behavior of higher education institutions. Harris has taught graduate courses in organization and governance, academic leadership, organizational theory, and the history of American higher education. Harris has authored or coauthored 4 books including How to Get Tenure: Strategies for Successfully Navigating the Process (Routledge, 2019) and Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally-Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success (Routledge, 2016). Before joining SMU, Harris served as an associate professor of higher education at the University of Alabama. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina in American history and a master’s degree and doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in higher education administration.