Bernard F. Harris Jr., PhD, Acknowledged by Marquis Who's Who for Pioneering Contributions to Adult Education

Bernard F. Harris Jr. is a gifted educational historian and U.S. Army veteran

LEAVENWORTH, KS, February 23, 2023 — Bernard F. Harris Jr., PhD, has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Harris is an Instructional Systems Specialist with the U.S. Army Center for Army Leadership. In his current position, he works closely with U.S. Army leaders to refine leadership curricula and support their efforts in adhering to leadership doctrine. Before his current duties, he served over 16 years as a curriculum operations support specialist, assistant professor, and curriculum developer with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Dr. Harris developed and refined his adult educational skills at the college by interacting with students, faculty, and publishers. Before his formal adult education career, Dr. Harris served in the U.S. Army, rising from the rank of private to lieutenant colonel. His service included tours in Europe and Asia in positions ranging from an armor company executive officer for Desert Storm in 1991 to a brigade-level staff officer in South Korea in 2000 and a theater-level logistical plans officer in Germany in 2004.

He completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Learning and Leadership from Kansas State University in 2022 and a Master of Science in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1995. Dr. Harris began his formal education by earning his Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and Management from Tuskegee University in 1987.

Today, Dr. Harris is a foremost expert on African American military history and its connection to civilian adult educational history. His doctoral dissertation, “The Education and Training of Seven African American U.S. Army Officers for World War I and its Aftermath,” fills a lacuna or gap in the formal study of African American marginalization in a segregated society. His doctoral work is considered so critical that both the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO, and the U.S. Army Center of Military History at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., requested copies of his dissertation when he graduated. He continues to build on his dissertation research with additional exploratory trips to the National Archives for primary source artifacts and presentations to the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

He also contributes to the field of African American history through scholarly works that include the following articles “Jim Crow in Kansas: African American Life During the Era of Segregation,” published in 2022, and “Chipping Away at the Bedrock of Intolerance: Fort Des Moines and Black Officer Training, 1917–1918” published in 2018. He has several articles about African Americans in the American Revolution and World War I in the “Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the U. S. Military: An Encyclopedia,” published by ABC-CLIO in 2013. Moreover, he is the co-author of “Savannah 1779”, a book published by Osprey Publishing in 2017.

In the field of adult education, Dr. Harris published several articles for the Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, such as “Mandatory Accreditation and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College” in 2014 and a co-authored work titled “Flipped Classroom: Another Tool for Your Pedagogy Toolbox” in 2016.

Dr. Harris has been recognized for his distinguished academic and military achievements. He earned the Spring 2022 Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the College of Education at Kansas State University and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Silver and Bronze Pens for writing excellence in 2011 and 2016. His military awards include a Legion of Merit, a Meritorious Service Medal, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, and a U.S. Army Commendation Medal.

Industry certifications and professional networks serve to bolster Dr. Harris’ professional profile. He is a Kirkpatrick Certified Strategic Evaluation Professional and holds a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certificate. The American Society of Training and Development granted him a Test Design and Delivery Certificate, and he is a Demonstrated Master Logistician as conferred by the International Society of Logistics known as SOLE. Dr. Harris’ memberships include the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education and the American Educational Research Association.

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