Dr. Stephen Harmon is the associate dean of research in Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE), the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) executive director, and professor at the Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design. At GTPE and C21U, he leads the invention, prototyping, and validation efforts associated with educational innovation and manages facilities available to all Georgia Tech researchers and faculty members.
His previous position was professor and chair of the Learning Technologies Division in the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University.
After majoring in English literature at Furman University, Dr. Harmon moved to Upper Egypt to teach fourth-grade English for two years. While traveling through the Middle East and Africa, he realized the tremendous need and scarce resources for education and training in developing countries. He returned to the U.S. and earned a master's and doctorate in instructional technology from the University of Georgia with a cognate in global policy studies.
Dr. Harmon's research centers on educational uses of emerging technologies and has focused on eLearning for the last few years, particularly concerning synchronous, online learning environments. He is a past president of the Association of Educational Communications and Technology, an international professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology.
Dr. Harmon also researches educational technology in developing countries. He has worked in several Middle Eastern and African countries, including as a consultant for USAID's Education for Development and Democracy Initiative in Botswana.
Dr. Harmon has over 120 professional publications and presentations and was the 2011 recipient of Georgia State University's Innovative Instruction Award. He was the spring 2016 commencement speaker at Georgia Southern University.
B.S. Furman University
M.S. University of Georgia
Ph.D. University of Georgia