Nina Harris serves as the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy. Within the School, Nina provides direction to all current and developing undergraduate initiatives such as the Sustainability Studies Minor, the Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program, The Center of Academic Excellence Intelligence Program, and The Public Leadership Program in College Park Scholars. Additionally, she manages the School’s undergraduate course offerings in Leadership and Public Policy.
Dr. Harris also directs the Quality Improvement/Research Agenda of the Results-based Leadership Collaborative in the School of Public Policy. Working in collaboration with the Annie E. Casey and other partners, this effort evaluates national programs that strengthen leadership and management skills and help leaders learn to collaborate more effectively, move more quickly toward common goals and use data to develop action plans and measure progress.
Nina joined the University community in 1999. Prior to coming to Maryland, Nina spent 12 years at the University of Delaware, where she helped develop the University's first formal leadership education curriculum, planned leadership development programs as leadership program coordinator in the activities and programs office, and provided leadership to more than 150 registered student organizations. Since her arrival on campus, Nina has taught several undergraduate leadership courses and most recently has developed and teaches a graduate course, “Ethical Dimensions of Public Leadership”.
Her current interests include understanding the development of ethics and integrity in student leaders; and, the role involvement in extracurricular activities and organizations plays in African American students' adjustment to life during and after college.
Nina has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice, a master’s degree in liberal studies, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Delaware.