Prior to coming to Millersville, Harris served as the Dean of Faculty at Lebanon Valley College. He was the primary liaison and advocate for all faculty matters in his role. He provided leadership in academic standards, policies and curriculum. Prior to that, Harris served as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Chair of the ACS certified Chemistry Department.
Harris’s current research focus is on student learning and cognitive development. He has partnered with Educational Testing Services to develop a longitudinal research project to explore how college students’ generic skills, domain-specific knowledge, and noncognitive skills change and interact throughout college. He is also investigating the relationship between these skills and other measures of college success and post-college success.
Harris is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s in chemistry. He earned his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno.