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About Frank Harris III

Dr. Frank Harris III is a professor of postsecondary education and Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) at San Diego State University. He is best known for his expertise in racial [in]equity in postsecondary education and has made important contributions to knowledge about college student development and the social construction of gender and race in college contexts.  His work prioritizes populations that have been historically underrepresented and underserved in education.
Harris’s scholarship has been published in leading journals for higher education and student affairs research and practice, including the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Educational Researcher, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Journal of Negro Education, andthe Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Harris also regularly disseminates scholarship through refereed conference proceedings, workshops, symposia, and keynote addresses—he has delivered more than 500 academic and professional presentations throughout his career.
Harris is the co-editor/author of four books: College Men and Masculinities: Theory, Research and Implications for Practice; Teaching Men of Color in the Community College;Teaching Young Boys and Men of Color; and Supporting Men of Color in the Community College. His commentary has been sought by several high-profile media outlets, including Diverse Issues in Higher Education, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, CNN, and Fox 5 News San Diego.
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. He also served as an adjunct professor of speech communication at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Dr. Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies at Loyola Marymount University, a master’s degree in speech communication at California State University Northridge, and a doctorate in higher education from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.


Present Co-Director, Minority Male Community College Collaborative, San Diego State University
Present Professor, Postsecondary Education, San Diego State University

Research Interests

Student Development in Higher Education, College Men and Masculinities, Qualitative Methods of Inquiry, The Social Construction of Race and Gender in Higher Education, Racial/Ethnic Disparities in College Student Outcomes, and Intercollegiate Athletics

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Honors and Awards

  • 2013 American College Personnel Association Standing Committee for Men Harry Canon Outstanding Professional
  • 2010 American College Personnel Association Annuit Coeptis Award
  • 2010 American College Personnel Association Emerging Scholar
  • 2009 Center for Urban Education/Association for the Study of Higher Education Institute on Equity and Critical Policy Analysis Fellow
  • 2008 American College Personnel Association Standing Committee for Men Outstanding Research Award
  • 2007 American Educational Research Association Division J Dissertation of the Year
  • 2007 Association of Student Judicial Affairs Dissertation of the Year
  • 2016 American College Personnel Association Coalition for Men & Masculinities Outstanding Research Award (with J. Luke Wood)
  • 2016 National Association for College Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Community Colleges Research and Scholarship Award


  • ED 852: Doctoral Seminar in Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
  • ARP 621: Theoretical Foundations of Student Affairs (Student Development Theory)
  • ED 851: Doctoral Seminar in Qualitative Research Methods
  • ARP 610: Educational Leadership
  • ARP 747: Educational Leadership in a Diverse Society
  • ARP 622: Communication and Group Process
  • ARP 760: Internship in Postsecondary Education
  • ED 836: Research and Writing Support
  • ED 791: Evaluation Techniques
  • Guy Things: Men, Masculinities, and Student Development—a national online seminar. American College Personnel Association (ACPA) E-Learning Series. (with Jason Laker)

Contact Information

San Diego State University
Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, & Postsecondary Education
5500 Campanile Drive
EBA 231
San Diego, CA 92182-1127


Articles (15)

Books (2)

Contributions to Books (9)