Richard K Harris, Ed.D.

Meet Richard

RiA Coach & Advisor Board Chairman

Simpson University (Emeritus)

A Personal Note from Richard

As a life-long professional educator, one of my greatest desires and joys is to create and maintain professional development opportunities for candidates who have the potential of having positive impacts on the lives of their students. That goal has been consistent over the years, and it’s such a joy to discover how these former graduate students are able to create and maintain quality school environments.

Over the years, I’ve also had a number of opportunities to participate in and lead in professional development seminars for K-12 educators in the United States, Asia and throughout Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. For a period of time, I also had these same opportunities in Ethiopia and Kenya as well as in the West Africa countries of the Ivory Coast and Cameroon.

To this day, I have the privilege of teaching online graduate-level courses for two universities in California. Each of my students are working toward their M.A. in Education and/or their California Administrator Credential. Most of my students have had several years of experience as professional educators, so this gives me unique opportunities to be inspired by their insight and discoveries. The field of education is truly alive and well!

My main area of expertise (and experience) is in the area of school leadership for those who desire to be the finest teacher-leaders possible, as well as those who have discovered their leadership skills as future school administrators. In addition to students who are potential school leaders and administrators, I have a number of students who want to be more effective in corporate leadership. In classroom and online settings, this provides for a rich learning environment where transformational change is very similar in both the opportunities of coaching leaders in the corporate world as well as in the area of school leadership.

About Richard

Richard Harris has had positions as a K-12 teacher, principal and superintendent internationally and in the United States. In addition to those positions, Richard has held university undergraduate and graduate teaching and administrative positions mostly in the areas of school and corporate leadership. He is currently serving as an adjunct graduate school professor at two California universities. In recent years, Richard has been a consultant in international settings with the focus of equipping leaders with skills necessary to function effectively in their specific cultures.   

My Areas of Expertise:

  • Leadership in school administration

  • Components of effective listening skills and strategies

  • Effective strategies in coaching school and corporate leaders

  • Proven strategies in effective classroom management

  • Effective time management strategies

  • Mentoring school and corporate leaders


My Credentials:

  • Doctorate, Educational Administration, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

  • M.A. in Educational School Leadership, University of Redlands, California

  • B.A. in Education, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington

  • Recipient – National Science Foundation Grants, California and Washington

  • Recipient – Alumni of a Growing Vision Award, Seattle Pacific University

  • Recipient – Professor of the Year Award, Simpson University

  • Member – Administrator Associations in California, Minnesota, Arizona and Ethiopia

  • Member – Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

  • Member – California Association of Professors of Educational Administration

  • Member – California Council on the Education of Teachers

  • Member – National Association of Scholars

  • Member – The California Independent College and University Deans of Education

  • Participant and leader on public and private school WASC accreditation teams

  • Coordinator and professional development presenter in conferences for international school professional educators in Guatemala, Philippines, South Korea, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland and Papua New Guinea

Languages Spoken:


Available Locations:

  • ONLINE: Worldwide

  • IN-PERSON: Phoenix, Arizona area

How do I request Richard as my RiA Coach?


  1. Apply for membership to the RiA Community by clicking on the "Become a Member" button.

  2. Request Richard as your coach (during the application process).

  3. Once approved for membership, your first session will be arranged!

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