Simmons School’s Michael Harris named director of SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence

Michael Harris

Simmons School’s Michael Harris named director of SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence

Michael Harris, Simmons School of Education and Human Development, SMUMichael Harris, associate professor in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership of SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, has been named director of the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence. He began his new duties on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

Harris worked with previous CTE director Beth Thornburg throughout the summer to become familiar with the CTE’s operations. Thornburg returns to full-time teaching in Dedman School of Law in Fall 2014.

“Professor Harris takes over a Center that has grown and thrived under the exceptional leadership of Professor Thornburg. During her time as Director, the CTE has sponsored Faculty Learning Communities, initiated the New Faculty Teaching Excellence (NFTE) workshop series, and spearheaded an effort to recognize the excellent teaching performed by our lecturers,” wrote Provost Paul Ludden in an e-mail message to the SMU community dated Friday, July 11, 2014.

“But more than developing programs and events, Professor Thornburg has underscored the importance of teaching to our academic mission. Please join me in extending our thanks and best wishes to Professor Thornburg and in welcoming Professor Harris to his new role.”

Harris came to SMU in August 2012 from the University of Alabama’s Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology Studies. He earned his B.A. degree 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 has made numerous presentations to academic groups on such subjects as “Balancing the Demands of a New Faculty Position” and “Why Businesses Should Work Like a University.”

Professor Harris is a Council Member-at-Large of the American Educational Research Association, Division J, and has consulted with universities on various subjects including program planning for undergraduate general education curriculum.

> Visit SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence online

August 21, 2014|For the Record, News, Year of the Faculty|

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 3, 2013

Higher Education Colloquium: The Department of Education Policy and Leadership presents a panel on the impact of changes in national and state policy on college student success and financial aid. The panel includes Don Heller, Professor and Dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University, Michael McLendon, Professor and Associate Dean of the Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University, Laura Perna, Professor at University of Pennsylvania, and Scott Thomas, Professor and Dean of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Michael Harris, Associate Professor of the Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University, will moderate the panel. The event is on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium; registration is required.

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Family Weekend 2013: SMU families will arrive at the Hilltop for Family Weekend 2103, Oct. 4-6. The theme is SMU: Where Dreams Come True, and the weekend is full of activities from the Annual Taste of Dallas Dinner on Friday to the football game against Rutgers on Saturday. Read all the details here. Pony up!

MVP: The Meadows Virtuosi Players was formed in 2012 to showcase outstanding meadows students performing side by side with their faculty colleagues. Faculty artists Andrés Díaz and Matt Albert started the program and will perform alongside Ekaterina Gumenyuk and Hando Nahkur Saturday, Oct. 5. Gumenyuk and Nahkur were the first two pianists accepted into the Meadows Artist Diploma Program. The concert is at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

October 3, 2013|Calendar Highlights|
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