Paul C. Harris

Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2009
  • M.Div., Virginia Union University, 2014
  • M.Ed., University of Virginia, 2003
  • B.S. University of Virginia, 2001

Prior to joining the Curry faculty, I served as a high school counselor for several years. My practice, research, teaching, and service are conducted through a paradigm shaped by equity and access. My research agenda includes two foci: 1) Improving the college and career readiness of underrepresented students and the role of school counselors in this process; and 2) The identity development of student athletes, with emphasis given to Black males.


Harris, P.C., Pusser, B., Kelly, D., Hull, M., Gates, P., Desmond, R. (2018). Promoting identity development in student athletes: There’s an app for that. Journal of Educational Research and Interdisciplinary Studies, 2(2), 34-55.

Adams, W., Harris, P.C., & Mayes, R.D. (2018). Ain’t I a woman? African American women’s identity as student athletes at predominately white institutions. Journal of Educational Research and Interdisciplinary Studies, 2(2), 6-31.

Harris, P.C., Hines, E.M., Mayes, R. D., & Thomas, A, and Bagley, B**. (2015). Balancing Academics and athletics in high school: A phenomenological study of three Black male student athletes. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 9 (3).

Harris, P. C., Hines, E. M., Kelly, D. D., Williams, D. J., & Bagley, B. (2014). Promoting the Academic Engagement and Success of Black Male Student-Athletes.The High School Journal, 97(3), 180-195.

Harris, P. C. (2012). The sports participation effect on educational attainment of black males. Education and  Urban Society, 46(5), 507-521.