Michael Harnar

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Michael A. Harnar
Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation
(269) 387-5903
(269) 387-5923
4425 Ellsworth Hall, Mail Stop 5237
Mailing address: 
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation Program
Mail Stop 5237
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5237 USA
  • Ph.D., Psychology (Evaluation and Applied Research Methods), Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., Psychology, Claremont Graduate University
  • Bachelor of General Studies, University of Connecticut
Teaching interests: 
  • Program Evaluation
  • Social Measurement of Evaluation
  • Qualtitative/Mixed Methods
  • Philosophy of Science for Evaluators
Research interests: 
  • Research on Evaluation/Evaluation Theory and Application
  • Evaluation and UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Social definitions of impact/Participatory Evaluation

Dr. Michael Harnar is an assistant professor in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation Program at Western Michigan University.

He is an award-winning evaluator with more than 13 years in the evaluation discipline.

He has worked on evaluation projects as diverse as:

  • Educational programs for underserved minorities
  • Community college program review and planning for accreditation
  • Health-related website evaluations
  • Railroad safety programs
  • Community-focused non-profit capacity building grants
  • Program and curriculum development for an online Master of Arts degree
  • Youth participatory evaluations

Before entering the evaluation field, Harnar spent more than 20 years in the television field, including as an enlisted (award-winning) Navy combat photographer and videographer, a Navy public affairs officer, a video producer on the staff of the University of Connecticut, and a freelance video cameraman in New York City. He served 25 years in the active and reserve Navy and retired as a Lieutenant.