PhD, George Mason University; MS, U.S. Army War College; MSN, Loma Linda University; M.A., Webster University; BSN, Niagara University

Research Interests

Nursing administration; role of the clinical head nurse/nurse manager; quality and patient safety issues


Dr. Harris retired as a colonel from the Army Nurse Corps in 2008 after a nearly 32-year career of progressive clinical and executive nursing assignments. As Army Nurse Corps Branch chief, he was responsible to the Army Surgeon General for the assignments of all 4,200 active-duty Army Nurse Corps officers. In the span of 20 years his career included six clinical Critical Care head nurse positions in a variety of geographic assignments: deputy commander, nursing (chief nursing officer), Fort Belvoir, Va. (Community Hospital); deputy commander, nursing (chief nursing officer), Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, with concurrent responsibility as chief nurse, Europe Regional Medical Command, that included oversight of three inpatient facilities, 21 clinics throughout Germany, Italy, and Belgium, and military operations in Bosnia and Kosovo. In August 2008, he joined Walden full time, teaching in the MSN program’s Leadership and Management specialization.