J. Matthew Hartley

Professor
Higher Education Division
Executive Director, Penn AHEAD

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 215-898-8414

Email: hartley@gse.upenn.edu

Professional Biography

Dr. Hartley earned an Ed.D. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. His dissertation examined how three liberal arts colleges redefined their educational purposes. Prior to coming to Penn, he was an instructor for Hobart and William Smith colleges as well as a teaching fellow and research assistant at Harvard University. He also served as co-chair of the editorial board for the Harvard Educational Review.

Dr. Hartley received a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2006-07 academic year. He has served on the editorial board of the Review of Higher Education and the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.  He now serves as an Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (Penn AHEAD) at Penn GSE.

Research Interests and Current Projects

Dr. Hartley's research and writing examines the ways in which colleges and universities conceptualize and strive to realize their educational missions. A significant thread of his research focuses on the civic purposes of higher education and the responsibilities of colleges and universities in a democracy.  His current research explores higher education reforms in Kazakhstan, which is moving from a highly centralized system of governance to one with far greater institutional autonomy, including the establishment of boards of trustees.  Dr. Hartley's research examines how leaders of colleges and universities across Kazakhstan are preparing for increased autonomy and seeks to understand both the opportunities and challenges of adopting governance systems from one national context to another.

Read more about Dr. Hartley's book To Serve a Larger Purpose

Selected Publications

Harkavy, I., Hartley, M. Hodges, R. & Weeks, J. “The Promise of University-Assisted Community Schools to Transform American Schooling: A Report from the Field, 1985-2012,” Peabody Journal (in press), p. 1-27.

Hartley, M., Gadsden, V., Harkavy, I. & Hodges, R. (2013). Leading Institutional Change to Promote a Diverse Democracy.  In Bergan, S., Egron-Polak, E., Kohler, J & Purser, L.  (Eds.), Leadership and Governance in Higher Education: Handbook for Decision-Makers and Administrators. Raabe Academic Publishers, Berlin, p. 2-18.

Hartley, M. (2012). An Engagement for Democracy. In D. Harward (Ed.) Civic Provocations. Bringing Theory to Practice Monographs: The Civic Series. Washington, D.C, p. 51-53.

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 Engagement, 16(4), p. 17-36.

Hartley, M. & Harkavy, I. (2011). The Civic Engagement Movement and the Democratization of the Academy, In Cynthia Gibson and Nicholas Longo (Eds.) From Command to Community: A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities, Medford, MA, Tufts University Press, p. 67 – 82.

Hartley, M. (2011). Organizations, Leadership and Governance, In Harper, S. and Jackson, J. (Eds.) Introduction to American Higher Education. New York and London: Routledge, p. 461-462.

Saltmarsh, J. & Hartley, M. (2011). Democratic Engagement.  In J. Saltmarsh & M. Hartley (Eds.), To Serve a Larger Purpose: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, p. 14-26. 

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. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, p. 27-48. 

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. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, p. 289-299. 

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), p. 691-719.

Saltmarsh, J. and Hartley M.  (Eds.) (2011). “To Serve a Larger Purpose”: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, p. i-312.  

Hartley, M., Saltmarsh, J. & Clayton, P. (2010). Is the Civic Engagement Movement Changing Higher Education? British Journal of Educational Studies, 58(4), p. 391-406.

Harkavy, I. & M. Hartley, (2010). “Pursuing Franklin’s Dream: Philosophical and Historical Roots of Service-Learning.” American Journal of Community Psychology, 46(3), p. 418-427.

Hartley, M. (2010). Reconcilable Differences: Factors Influencing Conflict and Collegiality in a Unionized Environment, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 34(4), p. 318– 336.

Hartley, M.: Reconcilable Differences: Factors Influencing Conflict and Collegiality in a Unionized Environment. Community College Journal of Research and Practice 34(4): 318-336, April 2010.

Hartley, M.: Reclaiming the Democratic Purpose of American Higher Education: Tracing the Trajectory of the Civic Engagement Movement. Learning and Teaching 2(3): 11-30, 2009.

Hartley, M.: Leading Grassroots Change in the Academy: Strategic and Ideological Adaptation in the Civic Engagement Movement. Journal of Change Management 9(3): 323 - 338, 2009.

Hartley, M., Harkavy, I., & Benson, L.: Looking Ahead: Franklin's Theory of Education in the Twenty-First Century. The Good Education of Youth: Worlds of Learning in the Age of Franklin. J. H. Pollack (Ed.) (eds.). Oak Knoll Press, Page: 188 - 203, 2009.

Hartley, M., & Soo, D.: Building democracy’s university: University-community partnerships and the emergent civic engagement movement. The Routledge Handbook of Higher Education. M. Tight, K. H. Mok, J. Huisman, & C. C. Morphew (eds.). New York: Routledge Press, Page: 397-408, 2009.

Hartley, M.: Reclaiming the democratic purpose of American higher education: Tracing the trajectory of the civic engagement movement. Learning and Teaching 2(3): 11-30, 2009.

Hartley, M., & Morphew, C. : What's being sold and to what end?: A content analysis of college viewbooks. Journal of Higher Education 79(6): 671-691, 2008.

Harkavy, I., & Hartley, M.: Pursuing Franklin's democratic vision for higher education. Peer Review 10(23): 13-17, 2008.

Eckel, P., & Hartley, M.: The dynamic nature of knowledge: Future challenges and opportunities for college and university leaders. Washington, D.C.: American Council on Education, 2008.

Hartley, M., & Kecskemethy, T.: Cultivating leadership for tomorrow's schools of education. Phi Delta Kappan 89: 442-448, 2008.

Eckel, P., & Hartley, M.: Developing academic strategic alliances: Reconciling multiple institutional cultures, policies, and practices. Journal of Higher Education 79(6): 613-637, 2008.

Hartley, M.: Reclaiming the Democratic Purpose of American Higher Education. University of Pennsylvania Almanac 53(30): 8, April 17 2007.

Hartley, M., Harkavy, I., & Benson, L. : Building Franklin's truly democratic, engaged university: Twenty Years of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Metropolitan University 2006.

Morphew, C., & Hartley, M.: Mission statements: A thematic analysis of rhetoric across institutional type. Journal of Higher Education 77(3): 456-471, 2006.

Hartley, M., & Schall, L.: The endless good argument: The adaptation of mission at two liberal arts colleges. Planning in Higher Education 33(4): 5-11, 2005.

Hartley, M.: The promise and peril of parallel governance structures. American Behavioral Scientist 46(7): 923-945, 2003.

Hartley, M.: A Call To Purpose: Mission-Centered Change at Three Liberal Arts Colleges. New York: Routledge-Falmer, 2002.