Michael S. Harris, EdD is Distinguished Professor of Higher Education as well as Chair of the Department of Education Policy and Leadership at Southern Methodist University. Current Faculty Senate President and Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees at SMU, he received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Harris has extensively researched the culture, strategy, and organization of institutions of higher education, resulting in influential publications in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Higher Education, Innovative Higher Education, and Higher Education Policy. He has also reported for the Associated Press, The Atlantic, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. His experience in academic leadership has culminated in four books: Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally-Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success 2nd Edition (Routledge), The Qualitative Dissertation in Education: A Guide for Integrating Research and Practice (Routledge), How to Get Tenure: Strategies for Successfully Navigating the Process (Routledge), and Understanding Institutional Diversity in American Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2013). He has presented insights on university advertising, institutional diversity, and academic leadership at various international conferences and platforms like TEDx.