Jean Harris, Ph.D.



This award is designed to recognize the efforts of faculty who strive for excellence in service to the University, the profession and the community and who demonstrate academic leadership by effective mentoring of junior colleagues.   I am pleased to announce that this year, the award is being presented to Dr. Jean Harris

Dr. Harris is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and has served as chairperson of the Department. Dr. Harris has also served the University as the director of the Women’s Studies program and has taught in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Most recently, she is a co-founder of the University of Scranton’s Center for Ethics and Excellence in Public Service and also the founding coordinator of the University’s Ready to Run Northeastern Pennsylvania program.   Dr. Harris has tirelessly served the University in numerous roles including Faculty Affairs Council Chair, numerous terms on the Rank and Tenure Committee, a variety of search committees, and as both a peer and student mentor since coming to the University in 1987. The list of her service to both the University and the community is simply too long to list, especially during an election season, when Dr. Harris can often be seen giving interviews to news journalists spanning anywhere from local news outlets to the BBC where her expertise in U.S. national, state and local politics, policies, and political institutions is apparent.

In the words of her nominator, “Jean has worked selflessly to improve the University, and it is difficult to grasp the extent of her influence on the faculty and her students. Jean has always gone above and beyond to mentor students and staff and has never shied away from helping others in need. Jean has for decades lived the mission of the University, by both leading and serving students and colleagues alike.”


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