Pamela Harris

330-V Santa Catalina
ASU Polytechnic
Mesa
Executive Director and Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5411
Clinical Asst Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5411

Biography

Pamela J. Harris is a special educator in teacher preparation. She studies attitudes, assessments, interventions and accommodations for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. This includes preparing effective teachers in both special and general education to work with students with challenging behaviors across settings. Professor Harris is also interested in the impact of emotional and behavioral disorders on gifted students in both K–12 and higher education settings. She and her colleagues are studying accommodations available to honors students at the college level who are also diagnosed with emotional/behavioral disorders (knows as twice exceptional or 2e). 

Dr. Harris taught students with high-incidence disabilities for 15 years in public schools before becoming a professor. She also worked as an assessment specialist for five years.

Professor Harris is the PI of the NSF Noyce Scholars Grant, "Resilence," for the recruitment and retention of middle school math and science teachers in Arizona's high-need districts. This multi-faceted project is looking at the impact of graduate-level teacher preparation on program quality, utility of three years of teacher induction support in engineering, and leadership. She also directed a US Department of Education SEED grant from 2015 - 2018 to train and support nearly 300 highly qualified math and science teachers for Title 1 schools. 

Education

  • Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction (Special Education and Assessment), Arizona State University 2006 
  • M.S. Special Education, Portland State University 1994 
  • B.S. Sociology, University of Oregon 1989 

Research Interests

Guiding Research Questions:

  • How can we accommodate 2e students in the transition from high school to college?
  • What can university programs do to attract and retain highly qualified math and science teachers?

Current Research Projects:

Dr. Harris and her colleagues are studying accommodations available to honors students at the college level that are also diagnosed with emotional/behavioral disorders (knows as twice exceptional or 2e). Using structured interviews, they are investigating available services from the perspectives of students, staff, and faculty to identify areas of support for 2e students transitioning from high school to college, and needed improvements to increase the likelihood of success transition.

The SEED Grant team is studying the impact of living wage stipends on the recruitment and retention of middle school math and science teachers in the iTeachAZ teacher preparation program. This multi-faceted study is looking at the impact of preservice teacher preparation program quality, utility of first-year teacher induction support, and practicing teacher writing support around common core standards in writing across the curriculum.

Publications

Harris, P. J., and Cocchiarella, M. A. (2016, October). Building better STEM teachers. A paper presentation at the 9th Annual Mentoring Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

Harris, P., & Cocchiarella, M. (2016). Gifted, EBD, or both? Student stories in K – 12. A poster presentation at the Pacific Coast Research Conference, San Diego, CA.

Harris, P., & Cocchiarella, M. (2015). Supporting students with bipolar disorder in the transition to post-secondary education. A paper presentation at the Teacher Educators for Children with Behaviors, Tempe, AZ.

Research Activity

Courses

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 323Behavioral Strategies
SPE 417Inclusion Practices/Second Lvl
ELL 504Inst Design for CLD Students
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 323Behavioral Strategies
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 524Effective Classroom Behav Mgmt
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 222Orient to Ed Exceptional Child
HON 394Special Topics
TEL 394Special Topics
TEL 492Honors Directed Study
TEL 493Honors Thesis
TEL 494Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 222Orient to Ed Exceptional Child
TEL 492Honors Directed Study
TEL 493Honors Thesis
TEL 494Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 222Orient to Ed Exceptional Child
TEL 492Honors Directed Study
TEL 493Honors Thesis
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 222Orient to Ed Exceptional Child
TEL 492Honors Directed Study
TEL 493Honors Thesis