Paul C. Harris

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2009
  • M.Div., Virginia Union University, 2014
  • M.Ed., University of Virginia, 2003
  • B.S.Ed. University of Virginia, 2001

Paul C. Harris is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education program at the University of Virginia. He is a faculty affiliate with the Center for Race and Public Education in the South. He earned his B.S.Ed. in Health & Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Medicine and his M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of Virginia. He worked as a high school counselor for several years prior to completing his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Maryland, where the program's emphasis was on promoting systemic equity, access, and justice in schools through counseling. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Union University.

Harris focuses on improving the college and career readiness process of underrepresented students in his research. He is particularly interested in promoting the identity development of Black male student athletes and understanding how school counselors play a role in that process. In addition to teaching core courses in the school counseling program, Harris designed and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on counseling all student athletes from a strengths-based perspective, with one of those courses centering on the Black student athlete experience, specifically.

He serves on the editoral review board for the Professional School Counseling Journal. He is also the former president of the Virginia School Counselor Association and former member of the Board of Directors for the American School Counselor Association.