(article first published on JBMTI) – Harriet L. Schwartz is a pioneering scholar in education as relational practice. An associate professor at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Harriet holds a joint appointment with the Department of Psychology and Counseling and the Education Department. She has authored and co-authored several journal articles on topics including: relational practice in graduate education, intellectual mattering, interpersonal boundaries, mentoring episodes, and assessment as relational practice. She served as editor for Interpersonal Boundaries in Teaching and Learning, published in 2012 by Jossey-Bass in the New Directions for Teaching and Learning series. Schwartz received Carlow’s Dorothy Cochrane Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship and Research in spring 2014 and was invited to serve as the keynote speaker for Carlow’s Fall 2014 convocation marking the 85th anniversary of the university’s founding. She began her research program as a doctoral student at Antioch University where she completed her dissertation Thankful Learning: A Grounded Theory Study of Relational Practice Between Master’s Students and Professors.
Harriet began serving as an invited panelist and institute faculty member for JBMTI in 2011. Since that time, she has worked to build an education as relational practice learning community, develop related programming, and provide support and recognition for graduate students in the RCT community. Committed to creating online spaces for RCT-related communities of practice, Harriet founded and hosts three Linkedin Groups: Relational Cultural Theory, Education as Relational Practice, and the RCT Student Lounge.
Harriet earned her Master’s in Counseling at Springfield College. She received the American College Personnel Association’s Gerald Saddlemire Master’s Research Award for her thesis Former Student Leaders’ Perceptions of an Ethical Conflict Involving the College/University President: A Qualitative Study. While at Springfield College she also worked as an academic advisor for the Division I men’s basketball team at the University of Hartford. After graduating from Springfield, Harriet served as Director of Career Development at Bard College for two years. She then worked in student affairs at Carnegie Mellon University first as Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs and later as an Assistant Director of Career Development/College of Fine Arts Career Consultant.
A two-time recipient of Antioch’s Alan E. Guskin Scholars’ Award, Harriet remains active with Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program, mentoring students in relational practice, grounded theory, and critical incident technique. Dedicated to supporting master’s and doctoral students, she also serves as a consultant and informal mentor to graduate students from across the country who are conducting RCT-related research.