Brad Harmon is the Assistant Dean for the First-Year and Second-Year Experience and provides leadership, management, and coordination of all programming and initiatives that facilitate first-year and second-year undergraduate students’ transition, thriving, and success. He is responsible for working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administrators to implement an intentional set of programs and initiatives that support the first two years of the developmental four-year pathway outlined in The Furman Advantage.
A Furman graduate of the class of 1997, he is primarily responsible for the first-year and second-year academic advising program. He also serves as the academic director for Furman's Engaged Living learning communities program and is responsible for the overall strategic vision and development of the academic content for this program. He collaborates with Student Life staff to plan new student orientation programs as well as first-year, second-year, and junior-senior year experiences. He also develops training and workshops on college adjustment issues as well as counsels students on academic planning and works with those students who are experiencing academic difficulties.
Dr. Harmon serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, a semiannual refereed journal providing current research on the first college year and other significant student transitions. His research focuses on the peer mentoring of first-year undergraduate students, a passion that was cultivated from his experiences as a First-Year Advisor (FRAD) while he was a student at Furman. He continues to collaborate with Housing and Residence Life staff on the development of FRADs as well as develops training modules and workshops for first-year experience peer mentors.