Matthew Hartley

Professor
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Executive Director, Penn AHEAD
Higher Education Division

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 215-898-8414

Email: hartley@gse.upenn.edu

Professional Biography

Matthew Hartley is Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Dr. Hartley’s research and writing focus on how colleges and universities are governed. 

He is the Associate Dean of Penn GSE. He is also the founding Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) at Penn GSE. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Review of Higher Education and the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. He earned his master’s and doctorate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Dr. Hartley serves as a trustee at Widener University in Chester, PA.

Research Interests and Current Projects

Dr. Hartley’s current work explores how university leaders are responding to major education reforms. He is examining how Kazakhstan is creating a system of increased institutional autonomy along with an alternative system of accountability, including the establishment of boards of trustees. He is also working with Alan Ruby on a major study exploring how disparate nations including Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Singapore, and India have sought to establish world-class universities. With Alan Ruby and Professor Henrik Bresman from INSEAD he has been engaged in a project aimed at helping senior academic leaders in Southeast Asia develop communities of practice with the support of the HEAD Foundation, Singapore. From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Hartley served as an expert for the World Bank on a project examining the governance of universities in the Middle East and North Africa. He has worked with the Council of Europe in Strasburg, France, exploring the relationship between universities, schools, and civil society. In 2011, he completed a Fulbright in Bratislava, Slovakia, in partnership with the Slovak Governance Institute examining the launch of community-based learning efforts at several universities.

Read more about Dr. Hartley's book Knowledge for Social Change

Selected Publications

Benson, L., Harkavy, I., Puckett, J., Hartley, M., Hodges, R., Johnston, F. & Weeks, J.  Knowledge for Social Change. (Forthcoming.) Temple University Press, Philadelphia, PA. 

Hartley, M. & Ruby, A.  (2017). Why, and How, Elite College and Universities Are Joining Forces. In Martin, J., Samels, J. (Eds.) Consolidating Colleges and Merging Universities: New Strategies for Higher Education Leaders (pp. 90-103). Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.

Hartley, M. & MacDonald, K.  (2017). Rankings in North America (US and Canada). In E. Hazelkorn (Ed.), Global Rankings and the Geopolitics of Higher Education: Understanding the Influence and Impact of Rankings on Higher Education, Policy, and Society (pp. 190-202). Routledge, Oxford, UK.

Saltmarsh, J & Hartley, M. (2017). A Brief History of the Civic Engagement Movement in American Higher Education. In C. Dolgon, T.D. Mitchell & T.K. Eaton (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Service Learning and Community Engagement (pp. 112-124). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Harkavy, I., Hartley, M., Hodges, R.A., & Weeks, J.  (2016). Working to Educate Global Citizens and Create Neighborly Communities Locally and Globally: Penn’s Partnerships in West Philadelphia as a Democratic Experiment in Progress. Higher Learning Research Communications, 6(2), 1-13.

Hartley, M., Gopaul, P., Sagintayeva, A., & Apergenova, R. (2015). Learning autonomy: Higher education reform in Kazakhstan. Higher Education, 72(3), 277-289.

Harkavy, I., Hartley, M., Hodges, R. A., Sorrentino, A., & Weeks, J. (2014). Effective governance of a university as an anchor institution: University of Pennsylvania as a case study. In S. Bergan, E. Egron-Polak, J. Kohler, L. Purser, & A. Spyropoulou (Eds.), Leadership and governance in higher education: Handbook for decision-makers and administrators (pp. 2–27). Berlin, Germany: Raabe Academic Publishers.

Harkavy, I., Hartley, M., Hodges, R., & Weeks, J. (2014). The promise of university-assisted community schools to transform American schooling: A report from the field: 1985-2012. Peabody Journal88(5), 525–540. 

Hartley, M., Gadsden, V., Harkavy, I., & Hodges, R. (2013). Leading institutional change to promote a diverse democracy. In S. Bergan, E. Egron-Polak, J. Kohler, & L. Purser (Eds.), Leadership and governance in higher education: Handbook for decision-makers and administrators (pp. 2–18). Berlin, Germany: Raabe Academic Publishers.

Sponsler, L., & Hartley, M. (2013). Five things student affairs professionals can do to institutionalize civic engagement. NASPA Research and Policy Institute Brief, 1–12.

Hartley, M. (2012). An engagement for democracy. In D. Harward (Ed.), Bringing theory to practice monographs: The civic series (pp. 51–53). Washington, D.C.: Civic Provocations.  

Harkavy, I., & Hartley M. (2012). Integrating a commitment to the public good into the institutional fabric: Further lessons from the field. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement16(4), 17–36.

Hartley, M., & Harkavy, I. (2011). The civic engagement movement and the democratization of the academy. In C. Gibson and N. Longo (Eds.), From command to community: A new approach to leadership education in colleges and universities (pp. 67–82). Medford, MA: Tufts University Press.

Hartley, M. (2011). Organizations, leadership and governance. In S. Harper & J. Jackson (Eds.), Introduction to American higher education (pp. 461–462). London, England: Routledge Press. 

Saltmarsh, J., & Hartley, M. (2011). Democratic engagementIn J. Saltmarsh & M. Hartley (Eds.), To serve a larger purpose: Engagement for democracy and the transformation of higher education (pp. 14–26). Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Hartley, M. (2011). Idealism and compromise and the civic engagement movement. In J. Saltmarsh & M. Hartley (Eds.), To serve a larger purpose: Engagement for democracy and the transformation of higher education (pp. 27–48). Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Hartley, M., & Saltmarsh, J. (2011). Creating the democratically engaged university—Possibilities for constructive action. In J. Saltmarsh & M. Hartley (Eds.), To serve a larger purpose: Engagement for democracy and the transformation of higher education (pp. 289–299). Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. 

Harris, M. S., & Hartley, M. (2011). Witch-hunting at Crucible University: The power and peril of competing organizational ideologies. The Journal of Higher Education, 82(6), 691–719.

Saltmarsh, J., & Hartley, M. (Eds.). (2011). To serve a larger purpose: Engagement for democracy and the transformation of higher educationPhiladelphia, PA: Temple University Press.