Mary Harris, Ph.D., wanted to teach at an institution where she could really get to know her students, and decided a small, liberal-arts college would provide the best opportunity for this.
When she learned of Cabrini College’s mission, she knew she had found the perfect match.
“The combination of business and social justice makes this teaching experience very fulfilling, and has provided me with so many opportunities,” Harris says.
Harris, who joined the business department in 2001, brings 13 years of corporate finance and accounting experience to the College. She moved into the role of interim associate dean for Academic Affairs in January 2013, but still teaches occasionally.
She incorporates business case studies and real-world experiences in her classes to better prepare students for entering the work force.
“The students are great, and I enjoy working with the faculty and administration on furthering the mission of Mother Cabrini,” Harris says.
Harris has taken students on study abroad trips to Brussells and Amsterdam to study the European Union, and to Ireland to study the historical conflict between the Protestants and the Catholics. She also has participated in faculty mission trips in Cape May, N.J., and New Orleans, La.
Her research and academic interests include bond issues for funding of capital projects in school districts, other equity-funding issues in school finance, the Great Depression, and contemporary economic and leadership issues.
She has presented at several national conferences, including the International Leadership Association conference (Denver); American Education Finance Association conferences (Denver, Salt Lake City, Orlando and Albuquerque); and the National Center for Education Finance and Statistics Association conference in (Washington, D.C.).
She has published several articles in academic journals, including Journal of Accountability and Ethics, Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education, Education and Finance Policy, Public Choice and Journal of Education Finance.
Harris earned a doctoral degree in economics with concentrations in public and international finance from Lehigh University, a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from St. Joseph’s University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in finance and computer science from Ursinus College.
Aside from teaching business, Harris is on the Finance Board for St. Thomas More Parish in South Coventry, Pa., and has three children.
Contact Information: Mary Harris, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Economics and Finance Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Hall, Room 144 610-902-8765 firstname.lastname@example.org