Dr. Hobart Harmon is a leading expert on public education in rural America and Leader of Strategic Advancement at Intermediate Unit 8 in Altoona, PA. Harmon holds a courtesy appointment as a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Educational Leadership at Kansas State University. A former director of two investing in innovation (i3) projects ($6 mil.) funded by the U.S. Department of Education, previous positions held by Dr. Harmon include Executive Assistant to the State Superintendent of Schools, high school agriculture teacher, university visiting professor, Regional Ed. Lab. R&D specialist, ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools’ interim director and associate director, and state Rural Development Council vice-chair. Additional academic courtesy appointments include as an adjunct Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Penn State University, where he affiliated with the Center on Rural Education and Communities, and as a Graduate Faculty Scholar in the College of Graduate Studies at the University of Central Florida, where he served as co-director of the Institute for the Advancement of Research, Innovation and Practice in Rural Education. He is a recipient of the National Rural Education Association’s Stanley A. Brzezinski Memorial Rural Education Research Award and the E. Robert Stephen’s Award of the Association of Educational Service Agencies for distinguished research and writing in promoting the understanding of regional education programs. Dr. Harmon has authored numerous articles and serves on the editorial board of The Rural Educator and as a reviewer for the Journal of Research in Rural Education. His articles have been published in Phi Delta Kappan, The School Administrator, The High School Magazine, Principal Leadership, The Rural Educator, Journal of Research in Rural Education, American Vocational Education Journal, The State Education Standard, Perspectives Journal of Research and Practice of Educational Service Agencies, and Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy. Dr. Harmon earned Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science degree from The Ohio State University, a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University (Magna Cum Laude), and an Associate degree from Potomac State College of West Virginia University. He resides in Timberville, VA.
Selected Rural Publications:
Harmon, H. L., & Butler, T. A. (2019). Getting better together: Innovations for rural learners and communities. Perspectives: A Journal of Research and Practice of Educational Service Agencies, 25(1). Available online: Read here
Harmon, H. L. & Wilson, M. D. (2018). Rural resources. Principal, 97(4), 18-21.
Harmon, H. L. (2017). Collaboration: A partnership solution in rural education. The Rural Educator, 38(1), 1-5.
Fox, T.; Friedrich, L., Harmon, H., McKithen, C., Phillips, A., Savell, S., Schaefer, V., & Silva, M. (September 2017). Leading Education Innovations in Rural Schools: Reflections from i3 Grantees. Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), US Department of Education. [This report was produced by the i3 Improving Rural Achievement Community.] Read here
Harmon, H. L. & Wilborn, S. C. (2016). The math learning gap: Preparing stem technicians for the new rural economy. The Rural Educator, 37(3), 26-40. Read here
Harmon, H., & Smink, J. (December 2015). Rural dropout prevention issues and solutions. Bethesda, MD: Manhattan Strategy Group.
Harmon, H. L., & Smith, K. S. (2012). Legacy of the rural systemic initiatives: Innovation, leadership, teacher development, and lessons learned. Charleston, WV: Edvantia, Inc.
Scafft, K. A., & Harmon, H. L. (2010). Schools and community development. In J. W. Robinson, Jr., & G. P. Green (Eds). Introduction to community development: Theory, practice, and service learning, pp. 245-259. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.