Cheryl Harris
Program Associate

Photo of Cheryl  HarrisCheryl Harris is a Program Associate with SEDL's Education Systems Support (ESS) program. Dr. Harris is currently working as an instructional designer with Texas Comprehensive Center program staff to develop online course materials. She works to recommend, create, and design high-quality instructional content that reflects sound principles of effective instructional, interactive e-learning materials. Dr. Harris writes and edits storyboards, interactive scripts, and other learner/facilitator guides and job aids.

Contact Information
You may contact Cheryl Harris at 512-391-6516

or by using SEDL's contact form.

Areas of Expertise
Dr. Harris’s research interests include adult and student learning and motivation, science and mathematics, formal and informal learning, teacher education and professional development, and technology.
  • Research and Evaluation: Dr. Harris has 10 years of experience in research and evaluation using mixed methods of data collection and analyses in the areas of school reform and school improvement, science and mathematics instruction and learning, program innovation, and instructional uses of technology. She recently led the evaluation of the statewide capacity-building project for the Texas Comprehensive Center. In addition, she provided evaluation services for the Lunar Planetary Institute’s (NASA) MyMoon project, the Ysleta Independent School District’s Vision 2020 Virtual School project, and the National Science Foundation's Scaling Up Mathematics Achievement project at New Mexico State University.
  • Technology: Dr. Harris’s experience in the area of technology research and evaluation includes program logic modeling and evaluation of technology integration projects; administrator, teacher, and student leadership and learning using technology; and youth media and media literacy projects. She is also one of the SEDL contacts for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills Professional Development Affiliate Program to meet professional development needs for administrators and teachers.

In 2003, Dr. Harris was awarded an NSF-sponsored grant to attend the Summer Evaluation Institute, the Evaluation Center, at Western Michigan University. Prior to joining SEDL in 2001, she worked as an assistant instructor and as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Texas and as an evaluation consultant.

Dr. Harris holds a BS in educational ministries from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and a PhD in educational psychology with a specialization in learning, cognition, and instruction from the University of Texas at Austin.

SEDL Publications

Selected Presentations
  • Research and program evaluation. Evaluation Workshop at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM. Harris, C., & Groth, C. (2009, August).
  • Is it working? How do you know?: Evaluating school improvement programs. Mississippi Rising Summer Conference 2007, Biloxi, MS. McCann, E., & Harris, C. (2007, June).
  • Strategies for success for mathematics teachers: What’s evaluation got to do with it? The Fourteenth Annual Conference on Educational Access, The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, AR. Harris, C., (2007, March).
  • The recipe for evidence-based success. Partners in Prevention Conference, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Austin, TX. Samsel, R., & Harris, C. (2006, November).