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Diana Sims-Harris

Diana Sims-Harris, Ph.D.

Director of Student Affairs

As the School of Science Director of Student Affairs, Diana Sims-Harris oversees interventions that support student success and engagement, collaborating with science departments, program academic advisors, and university partners.  Diana's key responsibilities include: providing leadership for the science first year seminar (SCI-I 120), coordinating interventions and support for special populations, advising interdisciplinary studies majors and science honors students, overseeing STEM residence-based learning communities, coordinating school-based orientation activities, implementing academic advisor professional development, organizing engagement events activities, and supporting students with academic challenges.  Diana also serves as Associate faculty in Organization Leadership in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI and Student Affairs Higher Education at Indiana State University . 

Diana has been a higher education professional for over fifteen years.  Prior to this position, she served as the Associate Director of the Office of Student Involvement at IUPUI, supervising the areas of leadership, fraternity and sorority life, and student activities.  Diana has previously held positions working with social justice and diversity, student programming, and student organizations.  She brings a knowledge of leadership, staff development, underrepresented student populations, and assessment of student learning to her work.  Diana holds degrees from Western Illinois University and Illinois State University, and most recently received a Ph.D. from Indiana State University's Educational Administration: Higher Education Leadership program.  In her spare time, Diana enjoys spending time with her family, including her two human children Lily and William and pup Jasper, going to concerts, and watching her two favorite sports teams, the Indiana Pacers and LA Rams.


Indiana State University                                                 

Ph.D. in Educational Administration: Higher Education Leadership Specialization   

Dissertation: The Spouses Go Shopping: Experiences of Women Higher Education Governing Board Members at  Public Institutions in the Midwest

Illinois State University                                                                                                                    

Master of Science in Education, Educational Administration and Foundations 

Concentration: College Student Personnel Administration

Western Illinois University                                                                       

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Summa Cum Laude  

Courses Taught / Teaching

  • OLS 252 Human Behavior in Organizations
  • SCI-I 120 Windows on Science
  • SAHE 651 Program Evaluation in Student Affairs


  • Women in Leadership, Women on Higher Education Governing Boards

Professional Affiliations

  • ACPA
  • ASHE
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