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Paul C. Harris

Associate Professor
Unit: Curry School of Education
Department: Curry School of Education
Office location and address
Bavaro Hall 317
417 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2009
M.Div., Virginia Union University, 2014
M.Ed., University of Virginia, 2003
B.S. University of Virginia, 2001

Prior to joining the Curry faculty, I served as a high school counselor for several years. My practice, research, teaching, and service are conducted through a paradigm shaped by equity and access. My research agenda includes two foci: 1) Improving the college and career readiness of underrepresented students and the role of school counselors in this process; and 2) The identity development of student athletes, with emphasis given to Black males.

Who Am I?: An Exploration of the Experiences of Division I Black Women Student-Athletes
Source: National Collegiate Athletic Association
October 21, 2019 – November 01, 2021
CU- Student Athlete Empowerment (SAE): There's An App for That
Source: National Collegiate Athletic Association
March 19, 2015 – June 01, 2016
EDHS 3200: Introduction to Counseling Student Athletes
Credits: 3
What does it mean to be a student athlete? What roles can race, gender, and class play in the student athlete experience? This course is for any undergraduate student interested in analyzing the complexities of the lived experiences of elite student athletes through a counseling lens.
EDHS 3210: The Black Student Athlete: Readiness vs Eligibility
Credits: 3
Should Black athletes just shut up and dribble? Does eligible mean ready? How might we utilize sport to promote the academic, social-emotional, and career development of Black student athletes? We will address these and many other questions about the experience of Black student athletes through synchronous and asynchronous small and large group discussions, individual and research, and conversation with community stakeholders.
EDHS 3850: Introduction to Counseling
Credits: 3
What is counseling? How do counselors work with clients whose values differ from their own? What are some evidence-based practices used in various settings? How might race, gender, and class influence the counseling relationship? The answers to these and many other questions will be explored through small and large group discussions, conversations with community stakeholders, role-plays, and individual and team research.
EDHS 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
EDHS 7200: Counseling Student Athletes
Credits: 3
How has the life of former Heisman trophy winner Ricky Williams been affected by social anxiety? What kind of resilience did Katie Hnida need to become the first female kicker in college football? In this graduate level course, we will learn and practice effective counseling skills for use with student athletes in individual and group settings.
EDHS 8310: Introduction to School Counseling
Credits: 3
Explores the planning and initiation of counseling programs in schools with an emphasis on understanding the role and function of counselors in schools, the planning, implementing, and managing of school counseling programs, the components of school counseling programs, legal and ethical issues in school counseling, and effective evaluation and accountability. Prerequisite: Counselor education majors or instructor permission.