David O. Harper, Ed.D.

David O. Harper, Ed.D.

Senior Professional Instructor

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
100 International Drive
Baltimore, MD 21202

Dr. Harper has an extensive background in business and information systems management. His tenure as a managing consultant at Price Waterhouse exposed him to both the public and private sectors. He joined the Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) as a member of the Senior Professional Staff in April 1993. In April 2006, he was appointed to the Principal Professional staff at APL. In July 2008, he was promoted to serve as the Deputy Program Manager and in March 2012, he was appointed as the Program Manager for his department’s Program Management Office.  Dr. Harper also serves on the Editorial Board of APL’s Technical Digest.

He joined Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School (School of Continuing Studies) as a Faculty Associate in January 1994. In this role, he has continued to distinguish himself by demonstrating his ability to facilitate the learning process at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 1998 he was selected as Teacher of the Year in the JHU- Information Technology Division. In April 2011 he was appointed to the Senior Professional Faculty.

Honors and Distinctions

  • Johns Hopkins University-Alumni Association - Excellence in Teaching Award 1998
  • JHU-SPSBE Information Technology Division - Teacher of the Year 1998

Professional Affiliations

  • Member APL Technical Digest Editorial Board (2011)
  • Member of the Greater Maryland Software Process Improvement Network (2000- 2002)
  • Affiliate Member of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (June 99 – 2006)
  • Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) - (March 1998 - 2000)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc (IEEE) - Society Affiliate (1996 - 2000)
  • Laurel Oratorio Society (1994 - 1995)

Selected Publications

  • Harper, D. O., & Porter, Y. (October, 2003).  Deciphering cultures in distance learning communities: A systems theory approach.  Proceedings from the American Association for Collegiate Independent Study (AACIS) Conference, South Dakota.
  • Harper, D. O., & Porter, Y. (October, 2003).  Building Effective Learning Teams in a Distance Learning Environment: Lessons Learned. Proceedings from the American Association for Collegiate Independent Study (AACIS) Conference, South Dakota.

Teaching Interests

  • Project Management
  • Information Technology