BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Dr. James (Jim) Harriss has been named the 2015 recipient of the Dean’s Excellence in Research Award. Harriss was selected in large part due to his outstanding performance in research and scholarship, coupled with his beneficial teaching methods and the service he provides to Campbell Business students.
“The entire Campbell Business community takes great pride in recognizing Dr. Harriss,” said Campbell Business Dean Keith Faulkner. “He is an excellent teacher and scholar, and his many contributions to our university community make a substantial difference in the lives and careers of our students.”
At Campbell Business, Harriss was instrumental in developing five new courses to support the launch of a new major and minor in finance in August 2015. He has also recently integrated new banking software into his finance courses to expose his students to a laboratory setting and situations similar to what they will see as they enter the financial services industry.
Throughout his career, Harris has been a productive scholar and presenter of practical scholarship. During the 2014-15 academic year alone he presented research at three conferences including the Southwestern Society of Economists Conference in Dallas Texas, the Academy of Business Research Conference in San Antonio, Texas, and the Academy of Business Research Conference in New Orleans, La. He was honored with the Outstanding Paper Award for his presentation, “Getting the Gift Tax Out of the Death Tax – or No Section 2035(b) Inclusion,” in San Antonio.
Harriss’ scholarship allows him to remain active in the banking and finance industries. He routinely presents to bank boards of directors, has served on many such boards, and presents to chief financial officers around the state, region, and country. He is also frequently sought out to consult as an expert witness in litigation.
Harriss joined the Campbell Business faculty in 1989 as an adjunct faculty member. He was hired as an assistant professor in 2000. He has taught a broad range of undergraduate and graduate course at the university in the fields of business administration, economics, finance, and management.
Harris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and a Master of Business Administration concentrating in finance with an economics minor from Sam Houston State University. He earned a Doctor of Business Administration in finance with minors in management and economics from Mississippi State University, where he received the Outstanding Dissertation Award.
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