Sharon A. Harris earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Texas Tech and Master of Humanities from the University of Dallas in 1998 with a thesis on Faulkner directed by Dr. Louise Cowan. She taught for 29 years–English and Spanish–and coached Academic Decathlon and Ready Writing, in three different public high schools. She has taken temporary leave from the classroom to study full time in the rhetoric and composition PhD program at Texas Christian University, where she helps to supervise undergraduate tutors in the Writing Associates Program.
In March and May 2010, Harris read papers at the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the Rhetoric Society of America Conference. During her years in the high school classroom, the single most important experience was the 1990-91 Summer Institutes of the Teachers Academy of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. The other two signal opportunities were the Texas Exes Award for Outstanding High School Teacher awarded in 2006 by the University of Texas Ex-Student Association, and the Nancy Cain Marcus Fellowship to the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar in 2005.
Harris currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Dallas Institute’s Teachers Academy.