Karleah Harris, Ph.D, has been appointed assistant professor for the Department of Human Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

With a focus in human development and family studies, she will teach courses on child development, parenting education and the administration and supervision of child care centers, according to a news release.

Harris will also serve on departmental and university committees and provide community outreach services. She will conduct research and other activities related to department goals, present research results to diverse audiences and prepare grant proposals.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Harris to the department,” Brenda Martin, chair of the Department of Human Sciences, said. “She brings a range of experience as a family studies researcher to our program.”

Harris joins UAPB after having served as a faculty advisor for the Family and Social Work Organization at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. There, she also worked as a visiting assistant professor and taught courses on family studies, child development and parenting.

Throughout her career, she has worked as an educational consultant. In this capacity, she coordinates professional development programs and trainings to enhance teacher performance and advises undergraduate and graduate students.

At Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, she served in a number of roles including project manager for the Scientific Literacy Project, vice president for the Graduate Organization of Educational Students and coordinator for a Maymester study abroad program, according to the release.

Harris earned a doctoral degree in educational psychology and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Purdue University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.

She has authored journal articles, book chapters and manuscripts on education and family and consumer sciences and K-12 science learning topics, and she currently serves as a peer reviewer on the editorial boards of different educational journals, according to the release.

Throughout her career, she has earned numerous scholarships and research grants. Her current research includes K-12 science learning, grandparenting and kinship care, dating violence in young adults and parent-adolescent relationships in ethnically-diverse families.

Harris’ professional memberships include the National Council on Family Relations, American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, National Scholars Honor Society, and Golden Key International Honors Society.

Harris is married to Kevin Harris. They have two sons, Kyle and Kris Harris.