Heather Harris Ph.D.

Communication | School of Design, Arts, and Communication


  • Ph.D., Organizational Communication; Howard University, Washington, D.C.*Dissertation: The Perceived Influence of Culture and Ethnicity on the Communication Dynamics of the United Nations Secretariat
  • M.A., Organizational Communication; Howard University, Washington D.C. *Thesis: U.S. Corporate Cultural Clash: Making Diversity Work
  • B.A., Journalism; Concordia University, Montreal, Québec, Canada

Professional Experience

  • Stevenson University
  • Baruch College
  • Caribbean News Agency (CANA) – Radio Producer/Correspondent (Barbados)
  • Namibian Broadcasting Corp. – Radio Producer/Correspondent
  • Caribbean Broadcasting Corp. – Television Anchor/Reporter (Barbados)
  • Caribbean Broadcasting Union – Stringer (Barbados)


  • Real and Reel Representations of Africana Women
  • Media Literacy
  • The Obama Presidency
  • Social Justice
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Organizations


  • Harris, H.E. (2015, December 29). Knowing the signs of intimate partner violence could save a life. Baltimore Sun
  • Harris, H.E. (2015, December 15). Crisis or change for Baltimore. Baltimore Sun
  • Harris, H. E. (2014, November 20). Media message unfair to missing child. Baltimore Sun
  • Moffitt, K.R., Harris, H.E., (2014). Of negation, princesses, beauty, and work: Black mothers reflect on Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. Howard Journal of Communications (25), 56-76.
  • Moffitt, K.R., Harris, H.E., & Forbes Berthoud, D.A. (2012). Present and unequal voices: Parallel experiences in managing oppression and bias in the academy. In G. Gutierrez Y Muhs, Y. Flores Niemann, C. Gonzalez, & A. Harris (Eds.), Presumed incompetent: The intersection of race and class for women in the academy. Boulder, Colorado: Utah State University Press.
  • Harris, H. (2012, April 10). A Fierce Angel of Baltimore Fights Back. Baltimore Sun
  • Harris, H. (2012, February 13). Viola Davis Goes Natural. Baltimore Sun
  • Harris, H. (2011). What’s class got to do with it?: Facets of Tracy Chapman through song. In K. Moffitt & D. Campbell (Eds.), The 1980s: A critical and transitional decade? New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Harris, H., Moffitt, K., & Squires, C. (2010). The Obama effect: Multidisciplinary renderings of the 2008 campaign. Albany, New York: SUNY Press.
  • Harris, H. (2010). The webbed message: Re-visioning the American dream. In H. Harris, K. Moffitt, & C. Squires (Eds.), The Obama effect: Multidisciplinary renderings of the 2008 campaign. Albany, New York: SUNY Press.


“Transformation through love, connection, flexibility, safety, authenticity, application, visibility, and voice have become the hallmarks of my teaching in the 20 plus years that I have had the pleasure of being in the classroom.”

Dr. Harris developed a number of the communication courses in the Business Communication major. A number of those courses served as the foundation for the online graduate courses in the Graduate and Professional Studies Program (GPS). She has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, traditionally, hybrid, and online.


  • National Communication Association’s (NCA) Legislative Assembly Member (2016 – 2017)
  • Rose Dawson Excellence in Teaching Award (2015)
  • Alpha Chi Co-Sponsor
  • The Howard Journal of Communication Editorial Board Member
  • Research Grant Workgroup (2010 – 2011)
  • Stevenson University’s Building Community Award (2009)
  • Research Grant Award (2009)
  • External Examiner for Ph.D. Candidates at Howard University
  • Editorial Board Member for The Howard Journal of Communications
  • First Director of Multicultural Affairs and Special Assistant to the President at Stevenson University (then Villa Julie College) (2003 – 2009)

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