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.

Dr. Harris' research focuses on achieving three goals: 1- Improving the college and career readiness process of underserved students; 2) Promoting the identity development of Black male student athletes; and 3) Facilitating the empowerment of anti-racist school counselors. He is the creator of Men Passionately Pursuing Purpose (MP3), a program that exists to see Black male athletes thrive in and out of sport. His work has been funded by numerous agencies, including the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 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 currently serves on the editorial 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.