J. 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 a professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. His research focuses on academic governance and the social and democratic purposes of higher education.

Dr. Hartley is the Associate Dean of Penn GSE. He is also the Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD). Dr. Hartley serves on the editorial boards of Educational Researcher, the Review of Higher Education, and the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.  

Research Interests and Current Projects

Dr. Hartley is currently examining how universities in Kazakhstan are responding to education reforms aimed at promoting greater institutional autonomy and shared governance. He was recently named a Fellow for the HEAD Foundation in Singapore, a think tank dedicated to promoting higher education reforms in Asia. He has worked with the Council of Europe in Strasburg, France, exploring partnerships between universities, schools, and civil society organizations aimed at promoting education for democratic citizenship. In 2011, he completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Bratislava, Slovakia, in partnership with the Slovak Governance Institute, studying the launch of community-based learning efforts at several universities. His book, To Serve a Larger Purpose, co-edited with John Saltmarsh, examines the roles of universities in democratic societies.

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

Selected Publications

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 Journal, 88(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 Engagement, 16(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.

Hartley, M., Saltmarsh, J., & Clayton, P. (2010). Is the civic engagement movement changing higher education? British Journal of Educational Studies, 58(4), 391–406.

Harkavy, I., & Hartley, M. (2010). Pursuing Franklin’s dream: Philosophical and historical roots of service-learning. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46(3), 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), 318–336. 

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

Hartley, M. (2009). Leading grassroots change in the academy: Strategic and ideological adaptation in the civic engagement movement. Journal of Change Management, 9(3), 323–338.

Hartley, M., Harkavy, I., & Benson, L. (2009). Looking ahead: Franklin's theory of education in the twenty-first century. In J. H. Pollack (Ed.), The good education of youth: Worlds of learning in the age of Franklin (pp. 188–203). New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press.

Hartley, M., & Soo, D. (2009). Building democracy’s university: University-community partnerships and the emergent civic engagement movement. In M. Tight, K. H. Mok, J. Huisman, & C. C. Morphew (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of higher education (pp. 297–408). New York, NY: Routledge Press.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hartley, M. (2007). Reclaiming the democratic purpose of American higher education. University of Pennsylvania Almanac, 53(30), 8.

Hartley, M., Harkavy, I., & Benson, L. (2006). Building Franklin's truly democratic, engaged university: Twenty years of practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Metropolitan University, 17(3), 23–27.

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

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

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

Hartley, M. (2002). A call to purpose: Mission-centered change at three liberal arts colleges. New York, NY: Routledge-Falmer Press.