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. In his role as co-director of
M2C3, Harris partners with community colleges across the United States to conduct
research and design interventions to facilitate student achievement among men who have
been historically underrepresented and underserved in postsecondary education. 

Harris has authored or co-authored more than 40 scholarly publications. His peer-reviewed
works have 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 co-edited (with Shaun R. Harper) 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 80
academic and professional presentations throughout his career. 

Harris has been recognized as a national scholar 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. 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. 



Beyond bad behaving brothers: Productive performances of masculinities among college fraternity men (with Shaun R. Harper), International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (2014)

Research on fraternity men focuses almost exclusively on problematic behaviors such as homophobia and sexism,...



Community College Student Success Inventory (CCSSI) for Men of Color in Community Colleges: Content Validation Summary (with J. Luke Wood), Community College Journal of Research and Practice (2014)

This study reports on the content validation of the Community College Student Success Inventory (CCSSI)...



Student success for men of color in community colleges: A review of published literature and research, 1998 – 2012 (with J Luke Wood), Journal of Diversity in Higher Education (2013)

A substantial body of scholarship on men of color in postsecondary education has emerged since...



The Community College Survey of Men: An initial validation of the instrument’s non-cognitive outcomes construct, Community College Journal of Research and Practice (2013)

The purpose of this manuscript is to discuss the utility of the Community College Survey...



“Cool posing” on campus: A qualitative study of masculinities and gender expression among Black men at a private research institution. (with Robert T. Palmer and Laura E. Struve), Journal of Negro Education (2011)

Using theories and concepts relating to the social construction of Black masculinity and male gender...




College Men and Masculinities: Theory, Research, and Implications for Practice (with Shaun Harper) (2010)

COLLEGE MEN and Masculinities is a comprehensive handbook that offers a compilation of the best...


Contributions to Books


The Equity Scorecard: Chronicling the change process (with Edlyn V. Pena and Estela Bensimon), Confronting Equity Issues on Campus: Implementing the Equity Scorecard in Theory and in Practice (2012)


The mediational means of enacting equity-mindedness among community college practitioners (with Estela Bensimon), Confronting Equity Issues on Campus: Implementing the Equity Scorecard in Theory and in Practice (2012)


The Situation of Men, and Situating Men in Higher Education: A Conversation about Crisis, Myth and Reality about Male College Students (with Ryan Barone), Masculinities in Higher Education: Theoretical and Practical Considerations (2011)


Success among college students of color: How institutional culture matters (with Samuel D. Museus), Managing Diversity: (Re)Visioning Equity on College Campuses (2010)


The Equity Scorecard: A process for building institutional capacity to educate young men of color (with Estela M. Bensimon and Robin P. Bishop), Changing places: How communities will improve the health of boys of color (2010)

This chapter frames postsecondary educational outcomes for men of color from the perspective of institutional...