After completing his graduate work, Jim Harrison began teaching writing and literature courses in the fall of 1998 at Emory & Henry College. In 1999, he also started an extracurricular hiking club, and in 2005 the club became the E&H Outdoor Program, home of the Outdoor Leadership Program. As a member of the College faculty and director of an adventure program, Harrison has been in a unique position to cultivate and guide students into learning opportunities that are a synthesis of academic writing projects and adventure experiences. Harrison continues to teach writing courses, and he is the architect of the proposed Semester-A-Trail program, which offers students the opportunity to remain fulltime students while attempting a thru-hike of the entire Appalachian Trail.
- B.A., University of Memphis, 1994 Major: Literature and Creative Writing
- M.F.A., University of Memphis, 1998 Major: Creative Writing Thesis: Shooting Odell Pomeroy, stories. Advisor: Thomas Russell, May, 1998