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J. Harrison Watts, PhD, MJur

Professor of Business Administration
MBA Director
Main Building, Room 326C

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

I possess a broad range of teaching and practical experience in the academic fields of Business Administration, Management, Economics, Business Law, Human Resource Management, Criminal Justice, Policing, Criminal and Civil Law, Constitutional Rights, Political Science, Military History, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. 

Teaching Philosophy

Throughout my career, I have remained dedicated to a liberal education for all students. The 2002 report, “Greater Expectations: A New Vision for Learning as a Nation Goes to College” reflects many of the educational philosophies that I have tried to model both as an educator and as an administrator. For example, I have encouraged my students to become “intentional learners” who are flexible and able to adapt to new environments, who are able to coalesce information from various sources, and who engage in lifelong learning. Furthermore, I believe that the promotion of a “practical liberal education,” blending the cognitive aspects of education (e.g., thinking) with the behavioral (e.g., getting a job), is crucial for student success upon graduation. Students who are taught to think, rather than taught to memorize material have developed a skill that allows them flexibility in obtaining employment or successfully completing graduate or professional education.

Outside Interests

Besides traveling, attending sporting events, family time, and personal fitness, I enjoy spending my time away from the university serving Texans in the Texas State Guard. I'm prior service U.S. Army and now serve the Texas Military Department in the TXSG Training Center as an Officer in Charge of Search and Rescue Training. 

J. Harrison Watts



Professional Memberships

  • American Academic and Business Research Institute – Member
  • Southwestern Social Science Association – Member
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences - Member
  • Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice – Member
  • Oklahoma Criminal Justice Association - Past President (2007-2008)
  • Phi Lambda Chi (Greek Fraternity) - Alumni and Faculty Advisor, Cameron University
  • Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice Honor Society) - Faculty Advisor, Alumni Member, Cameron University
  • Phi Theta Kappa (Two Year College Honor Society) - Past Chapter President & Alumni Member, Vernon College
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society) - Alumni Member, Midwestern State University


  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Outstanding Mentor Award, 2019
  • Muriel D. Clarke Student Life Award, Washburn University, 2011-2012
  • Student Life Achieving Excellence Award, Washburn University, 2011-2012
  • SOAR Award, Student Club Advisor of the Year, Washburn University, 2011
  • Cameron University Criminal Justice Advisor of the Year, 2008


  • PhD - Business Administration, Northcentral University, Prescott Valley, Arizona
  • Master of Business Administration, University of the Southwest, Hobbs, New Mexico
  • Master of Jurisprudence - Business Law and Compliance, Texas A&M University, School of Law, College Station, Texas
  • Master of Arts in Law - Alternative Dispute Resolution, Regent University, School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Master of Science - Human Resource Management, Golden Gate University, Edward S. Ageno School of Business, San Francisco, California
  • Master of Arts in Public Management - Political Science/ Public Administration, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Master of Arts - History and Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences - Criminal Justice, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Associate of Applied Sciences - Farm and Ranch Management, Vernon College, Vernon, Texas