Leigh Harris, Director of UCLA Writing Programs, received her Ph.D. from Yale University. She joined the Writing Programs faculty in 2000 and received a Distinguished Lecturer award for teaching excellence in 2008. Her undergraduate courses explore design thinking, multimedia writing, and community problem-solving; her students experiment with innovative forms of academic and civic discourse. Her graduate seminars focus on transformational pedagogy. Harris has worked extensively in writing-across-the-curriculum at UCLA to improve student-learning outcomes in writing and rhetorical skills. She collaborates with units across the divisions on pedagogical initiatives including digital instructional modules, curriculum and assessment design, faculty development, peer-to-peer learning, and graduate student professionalization. She further contributes to the university on endeavors that support higher education access, student success and inclusive excellence.
Harris brings to UCLA three years of international experience working as Assistant Dean for the Center for Academic Enrichment and Director of the Writing Program at the American College of Greece in Athens, Greece. She is an alumna of the HERS Women’s Leadership Institute 2015 and serves on the Yale University Graduate School Alumni Association Board.