Frank Harris

Dr. Frank Harris III is an associate professor of postsecondary education and co-director of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) at San Diego State University. His research is broadly focused on student development and student success in postsecondary education and explores questions related to the social construction of gender and race on college campuses, college men and masculinities, and racial/ethnic disparities in college student outcomes. He is currently engaged in a national study of productive masculinities and positive behaviors among college men. In his role as co-director of M2C3, he partners with community colleges across the United States to conduct research and design interventions to facilitate student achievement among men who have been historically marginalized in postsecondary education.

Harris’ scholarship has been published in leading journals for higher education and student affairs research and practice, including: Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Men’s Studies, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, Qualitative Research, and Journal of Negro Education. He is co-editor (with Shaun R. Harper) of College Men and Masculinities: Theory, Research, and Implications for Practice (Jossey-Bass, 2010). Harris also regularly disseminates his scholarship through refereed conference proceedings, workshops, symposia, and keynote addresses—having delivered more than 70 academic and professional presentations since 2004.

Harris is the recipient of several scholarly awards from national higher education and student affairs professional associations. His scholarship has been recognized by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) with the Standing Committee for Men’s 2008 Outstanding Research Award, the Emerging Scholar Award in 2010, and the 2010 Annuit Coeptis Award for Early Career Achievement. He also received dissertation of the year awards from the American Educational Research Association (Division J—Postsecondary Education) and the Association for Student Judicial Affairs.

Before joining the faculty at San Diego State, Harris worked as a student affairs educator and college administrator in the areas of student affairs administration, student crisis support and advocacy, new student orientation programs, multicultural student affairs, academic advising, and enrollment services. His most recent administrative appointment was at the University of Southern California as Associate Director of the Center for Urban Education. Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University, a master’s degree in Speech Communication from California State University Northridge, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.