Diane Harley, Ph.D.

Job title: 
Retired Senior Researcher

Diane Harley, Ph.D., directed the Higher Education in the Digital Age (HEDA) project at the Center for Studies in Higher Education. At CSHE, she created and directed research initiatives focusing on the policy implications of integrating information and communication technologies into complex academic environments.

Dr. Harley is a biosocial anthropologist with a Ph.D. in anthropology from UC Berkeley; her approach has emphasized the concurrent analysis of social, economic, and academic costs and benefits of new media in scholarship.

Past work includes serving as the executive director of UC Berkeley's Multimedia Research Center (BMRC), where she worked with Larry Rowe in developing and deploying the Berkeley Internet Broadcasting System (BIBS, now Berkeley Webcast).

She served as Chair of the UC Academic Senate Blue Ribbon Panel on Evaluation of the University of California Online Instruction Pilot Project (OIPP) and UC Online. (The full Blue Ribbon Report report and the cover letter from UC Academic Council can be found here).

She was the principal investigator of Peer Review in Academic Promotion and Publishing: Its Meaning, Locus, and Future, and principal author, and co-principal investigator with C. Judson King, of Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An In-depth Study of Faculty Needs in Seven Disciplines (both part of The Future of Scholarly Communication Project and funded by the A.W. Mellon Foundation). She is also the principal investigator of the Open and Affordable Textbooks Project.

Additionally, she was Principal Investigator on the following projects:

She served with Neil Smelser and Michael Schudson on the Commission on General Education in the 21st Century.

In the late 1990's she directed the Peder Saether Symposium, the UC Berkeley Humanities and Technology Project, and the UC Berkeley's CyberSemester

Dr. Harley has also developed multimedia education programs and managed partnerships with the California and Florida departments of education, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Science Foundation, ABC News Interactive, and various universities, publishers, and software developers. She has held teaching positions in Anthropology and Anatomy/Physiology at UC Berkeley and Mills College. Her publications and presentations span the fields of higher education policy, scholarly communication, educational technology, biological anthropology, and the evolution of human and nonhuman primate biosocial behavior.

Selected Publications 

Harley, Diane. 2013. Scholarly Communication: Cultural Context, Evolving Models. Science 4 October 2013: Vol. 342 no. 6154, pp. 80-82.

Harley, Diane. 2012. Socio-cultural Barriers and Affordances for Data Sharing and Citation Standards and Practices: Issues of Time, Credit, and Peer Review. National Research Council. For Attribution -- Developing Data Attribution and Citation Practices and Standards: Summary of an International Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2012.

Credit, Time, and Personality: The Human Challenges to Sharing Scholarly Work using Web 2.0 by Sophia Krzys Acord and Diane Harley. New Media & Society May 2013: Vol. 15 no. 3, pp. 379-397.

Peer Review in Academic Promotion and Publishing: Its Meaning, Locus and Future. A Project Report and Associated Recommendations, Proceedings from a Meeting, and Background Papers Diane Harley by and Sophia Krzys Acord. CSHE.4.11 (March 2011)

Final Report: Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines. Diane Harley, Ph.D., Senior Researcher and Principal Investigator; Sophia Krzys Acord, Ph.D.; Sarah Earl-Novell, Ph.D.; Shannon Lawrence, M.A.; C. Judson King, Professor, Provost Emeritus, and Principal Investigator. CSHE 1.10 (January 2010)

Affordable and Open Textbooks: An Exploratory Study of Faculty Attitudes by Diane Harley, Shannon Lawrence, Sophia Krzys Acord, Jason Dixson. California Journal of Politics and Policy, vol. 2, no. 1, art. 10 (2010)

Written Evidence. Science and Technology Committee, House of Commons, United Kingdom Parliament. "Peer review in scientific publications." Harley and Accord, 2011.
In Peer review in scientific publications: Government and Research Councils UK Responses to the Committee's Eighth Report. Science and Technology Committee.

NSF SBE 2020 White Paper:  Future Research in the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences.  "Understanding the Drivers and Dangers of Academic Status Seeking: Studying the Impacts of Embedded Disciplinary Cultures in a Networked Academy." Harley and Accord, 2011. Integrated into the NSF Report: Rebuilding the Mosaic.

Harley, Diane. (2008) “Why Understanding the Use and Users of Open Education Matters.” In Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge, edited by Toru Iiyoshi and M.S. Vijay Kumar. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008.

Selected Presentations

Keynote. Predicting the Future of Scholarly Communication: Faculty Values, Disciplinary Cultures, and Advancing Careers. Publish or Perish? The Future of Scholarly Publishing and Careers. February 13 – 14, 2014 UC Davis Conference, Innovating Communication in Scholarship (ICIS) Project

A Workshop. Science communication in academic institutions: Sustainable Infrastructures for Life Science Communication.  National Academy of Sciences’ Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences. Washington, D.C. December 9–10, 2013

Invited Panel. Open Access in Publishing and Data: New Challenges and Opportunities. American Educational Research Association. Participants: John M. Willinsky, Stanford University; Diane Harley, University of California, Berkeley; Joan Ferrini-Mundy, National Science Foundation; Alison Mudditt, University of California Press; Felice J. Levine, American Educational Research Association, San Francisco. April 28, 2013.

Invitation only conference on the Future of  Publishing and Open Access in the Social Sciences. American Educational Research Association. Washington D.C. November 9-10, 2012.

Panel. The Transformation of Peer Review. American Association of University Publishers (AAUP) 2012 Annual Meeting. Chicago IL. June 20, 2012.

Joint Information Systems Committee UK (JISC) and Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Workshop: “Transforming Opportunities in Scholarly Discourse.” Birmingham, UK. July 5-6, 2012.

Keynote. Developing a Digital Textbook Strategy. Symposium sponsored by Florida’s 12 state universities and 28 colleges, the Florida Board of Governors, the Division of Florida Colleges, and the Florida Distance Learning Consortium. Orlando, Florida. February 8, 2012.

Keynote. Sloan Summit II: Open Access - Mission and Mandate. Provosts meeting. Boston Library Consortium; Tufts University School of Medicine. January 12-13, 2012.



Previous Research Projects

The Future of Scholarly Communication

Open and Affordable Textbooks Project

Digital Resource Study: Understanding the Use of Digital Resources in Humanities and Social Science Undergraduate Education

Regulation of E-Learning: New National and International Policy Perspectives

General Education Commission: A Commission on General Education in the 21st Century

An Economic and Pedagogical Analysis of Technology Enhancements in a Large Lecture Course

University Teaching as E-Business: Research and Policy Agendas