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James P. Honan

Senior Lecturer on Education

James P. Honan

Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard University, (1989)
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Phone:  617.496.8131
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James Honan's teaching and research interests include financial management of nonprofit organizations, organizational performance measurement and management, and higher-education administration. At Harvard, he is educational co-chair of the Institute for Educational Management (IEM) and is a faculty member in a number of executive education programs for educational leaders and nonprofit administrators. Honan has served as a consultant on strategic planning, resource allocation, and performance measurement and management to numerous colleges, universities, schools, and nonprofit organizations, both nationally and internationally. Previously, he served as institutional research coordinator in the Office of Budgets at Harvard and as a project analyst in the Harvard University Financial Aid Office. He has also been a research assistant at the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Clearinghouse on Higher Education in Washington, D.C., and has served as executive assistant to the president of Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Areas of Expertise

Fussa Distinguished Teaching Award, Harvard University Extension School,(1995)


Scaling Up Success: Lessons From Technology-Based Educational Improvement (ed. with C. Dede and L. Peters), (2005).

"Building Strategic Accountability Systems for International NGOs," in Accountability Forum (with L. D. Brown and M. Moore), (2004).

"How Might Data Be Used?" (with C. Trower) in The Questions of Tenure (ed. by R. Chait), (2002).

Teaching Notes to Casebook I: Faculty Employment Policies (ed. with C. Sternman Rule), (2002).

Casebook I: Faculty Employment Policies (ed. with C. Sternman Rule), (2002).

"The U.S. Academic Profession: Key Policy Challenges," in Higher Education (with D. Teferra), (2001).

"New Yardsticks to Measure Financial Distress," American Association for Higher Education/New Pathways Working Paper Series (with K. Chabotar), (1996).

"Monitoring Institutional Performance," in Association of Governing Boards Priorities, (1995).

"Coping with Retrenchment: Strategies and Tactics" in Change (with K. Chabotar), (1990).


Board of Trustees, Dana Hall School (Wellesley, MA)

Board of Trustees, Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY)

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