About Frank Harris III

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 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, Journal of Negro Education and the Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Harris also regularly disseminates his scholarship through refereed conference proceedings, workshops, symposia, and keynote addresses—having delivered more than 100 academic 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. He also served as an adjunct professor of Speech Communication at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.
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.


Present Co-Director, Minority Male Community College Collaborative, San Diego State University
Present Associate 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

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
3590 Camino del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108


Articles (15)

Books (2)

Contributions to Books (9)