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

Education

Ed.D. (Administration, Planning, and Social Policy) Harvard University, 2001

Ed.M. (Administration, Planning, and Social Policy) Harvard University, 1994

B.A. (Art History) Colby College, 1986

Areas of Expertise

Academic governance and leadership in higher education

Institutional mission

Civic engagement and the democratic purposes of higher education

Higher education reform

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. (2017.) Knowledge for Social Change. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, Philadelphia, PA. 

Hartley, M., & Ruby A. (Eds., 2017). Higher Education Reform and Development: The Case of Kazakhstan. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

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.