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Earl Edward Harris, business educator.


Harris, Earl Edward was born on November 15, 1931 in West Burlington, Iowa, United States. Son of Earl and Anne M. (Mollen) Harris.


Bachelor, University Northern Iowa, 1953. Master of Arts, University Minnesota, 1949. Doctor of Education, Northern Illinois University, 1965.


Teacher, Davenport (Iowa) Community Schools, 1955-1963;head business education department, West High School, 1960-1963;assistant professor education, Northern Illinois U., DeKalb, 1963-1964;associate professor, Northern Illinois U., 1965-1967;professor, Northern Illinois U., 1968-1989;professor emeritus, Northern Illinois U., since 1989;chairman business education and administrative services department, Northern Illinois U., 1973-1981;director office of research College of Business, Northern Illinois U., 1981-1983. Executive director Illinois Institute for Entrepreneurship Education, 1988-1991, executive director emeritus, since 1991. Consultant in field; chairman region V planning committee distributive education United States Office Education, 1966-1969.

Moderator Illinois House Small Business Conference, 1985;chairman evaluation and publication committee National Council for Marketing Education, 1986-1987. Member State of Illinois's Governor's Small Business Advisory Council, 1985-1988, chairman task force on regional economics development, 1985-1987. Member State of Illinois Entrepreneurship task force, chairman strategic planning committee, 1984-1988.

Founder, director Illinois Institute for Entrepreneurship Education, 1988-1991. Co-chairman State of Illinois Marketing Education action team, 1984-1987. Chairman, trusteeNat.

Distributive Education Professional Development award, 1985-1987.


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    • Author: An Articulated Guide for Cooperative Occupational Education, 1971, 78, Marketing Research, 1971, 78, Employer Preferences and Teacher Coordinator Practices, 1971, Methods of Teaching Business and Distributive Education, 3d edit, 1974, Retailing Principles and Practices, 7th edit, 1981, Handbook for Cooperative Vocational Education in Illinois, 1977, Annotated Bibliography of Instructional Materials in Cooperative Vocational Education, 1977, State of Illinois Marketing and Distributive Education curriculum Planning Guide, 1978, Curriculum Guide in Food Marketing, 1978, Curriculum Guide in Wholesaling, 1978, Curriculum Guide in General Retail Merchandising, 1978, Curriculum Guide in Finance and Credit, 1979 in Transportation and Warehousing, 1980, in Automotive and Petroleum, 1981, State of Illinois Management Model for Economic Development, 1984, Strategies for Maximizing the Contributions of Small Business and Economic Development, 1985, Marketing Ventas Al Pan Menor, 1991, others. Editor: National Business Education Yearbook, 1976, Retail Store Planning and Design Manual, 1986, Illinois Development Council News volunteer 6, nos. 1 and 2, 1986, Retail Marketing for Employers, Managers and Entrepreneurs, 1988, international edition, 1989, Inservice Guide for Entrepreneurship Education in Illinois, 1988.

      Editor marketing and distribution section: National Business Forum, 1976-1977. Managing editor: Marketing and Distributive Educators' Digest, 1981-1984. Contributor articles to professional journals, chapters to books.


Member DeKalb County Development Corporation, 1974-1988. Board directors Illinois Foundation Marketing Education, since 1965. Board directors Illinois Development Council, 1983-1989, also life member.

Board governors Yavapi College, Prescott, Arizona, since 1994. Member steering and executive committees 20/20 Forum, Prescott, since 1993. Board directors Yavapai College Foundation, since 1995.

Fellow United States Association Small Business and Entrepreneurship (board directors, vice president 1988). Member American Vocational Association (life chairman distributive education publications committee 1966-1974, evaluation committee 1981-1982), Illinois Business Teacher Education Association (secretary, president 1976-1979, outstanding service award 1983), National Business Education Association, Marketing and Distributive Education Association (life member, chairman committees), National Association Distributive Education Teachers (life), Council Distributive Teacher Educators, Illinois Co-operation Vocational Education Coordinators Association (director), Illinois, Illinois Foundation for MKtg. Education (board directors since 1968), National Marketing Education Foundation (board directors since 1987), Secondary Marketing and Distributive Education Coordinators Association (director), Delta Pi Epsilon (life), Pi Omega Pi, Beta Gamma Sigma.


Married Evonne L. Meier, May 29, 1954. Children: Julie Ann, James Edward.

Earl Harris

Anne M. (Mollen) Harris

Evonne L. Meier

Julie Ann Harris

James Edward Harris