Dr. Harris M. Heath joined the faculty in the Department of Education at Furman University in September 1997. A former teacher of music and English, school principal, and school superintendent, he coordinates the school leadership program at Furman. His primary area of interest is the principalship. Dr. Heath spent 30 years as a teacher, administrator, and professor in higher education before coming to Furman. He has conducted sessions on team building and conflict management for schools, local school boards, and community boards and organizations. ​

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Middle School Curriculum & Org

Current research and best practices will be used as the foundation for acquiring fundamental knowledge of the major components of middle education. Emphasis will be placed on curriculum development and delivery, diverse assessment methods, interdisciplinary teaching, use of technology, and effective pedagogy for the middle level student.


Masters Seminar in Education

Course integrates knowledge and underlying concepts from the core courses in the master?s program with the student?s concentration. Participants will demonstrate ability to synthesize previous coursework and to understand the holistic nature of an advanced degree in education. Emphasis is on oral and written communication, as well as use of information technology.


Orgnztn & Cntrl of Amer Schls

A study of the conceptual and structural organization of public education, educational governance, and policy making at the federal, state, and local levels.


Leadership in Edctn Orgnztns

A study of leadership principles and theories and the administrative and management applications of such in educational organizations.


Strategic Planning & Thinking

A study of strategic planning and thinking for the learner-focused educational system that integrates curriculum, instruction, assessment, facilities, human resources, finance, and educational technology.


Designing & Implmtg Curriculum

Study of the school curriculum including objectives, current issues, experimentation, and change. Perspective and methodology to equip the teacher, administrator, or supervisor to participate effectively in curriculum development.


Issues in Cur, Inst & Assess't

For elementary, middle and secondary school teachers and administrators. The course focuses on current research on curriculum as it relates to philosophy of teaching, learning, instruction, supervision, and policy and assessment. Offers the opportunity to investigate the breadth of issues that affect curriculum.


School Finance

A study of fundamental concepts of local, state, and federal financing of schools and of the business functions of school-level administration, with emphasis on the budget process.


The Principalship

A study of the roles, responsibilities, functions, authority, and leadership practices of the school principal in improving school effectiveness. Focus is on the skill dimensions and performance domains of the principalship. Course includes required field experience.


Intrpersonal & Group Relations

This course is a study of individual and group behavior in organizations. Emphasis is a on interpersonal skill development and skill assessment which, in conjunction with findings from theory, research, and practice, enable candidates to reflect on themselves as leaders.


Leading School Renewal

This course is designed to examine the research and the processes that are important and significant for school improvement. Concepts that will be included in this course are defining school renewal and exploring conditions for its success; using data as a tool to enhance decision-making processes for school improvement; understanding school culture and its relationship to school renewal; identifying legislative improvement planning.


Eval of Schl Prgrms/Personnel

This course is a study of the requirements, practices, procedures, and problems of administrative evaluation of school programs and personnel. The course provides a broad survey of educational evaluation theory, standards, models, approaches, and practice, with a focus on practical guidelines for planning, conducting, and using evaluations to review and improve instruction and the performance of personnel.


The Superintendency

This course is a study of the leadership and management roles, responsibilities, opportunities, and challenges of the district superintendent and other district level administrators. The course examines the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that superintendents must develop to effectively lead and manage change in a school district. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between the superintendent and the local school board as they deal with policy, policy administration, leadership roles, and community relations.


Adv Smnr in Edctnl Ldrshp & Rs

This course serves as the culminating experience in the Ed.S. Program. Seminar meetings will be held to share experiences, engage in discussions related to practice in educational leadership/administration and student services, and develop plans and policies for the individual school districts in which the candidates are serving.

  • "School Site Planning: Tips for Principals" (with Odell Stuckey)
  • Teaching Handbook: Practical Approaches for Principals
  • "The Value of a Team Building Retreat"
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