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Harriette Rasmussen Drexel University School of Education
Assistant Clinical Professor

Harriette Rasmussen


EdD, Fielding Graduate University
BA, Evergreen State College

Program Affiliation

EdD, Educational Leadership and Management


  • Rasmussen, H. T. (2018.) Getting to maybe: Improving the education doctorate in an era of uncertainty. Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 3(2).
  • Rasmussen, H. T. (2014). Beyond the core: Peer observation brings common core to CTE and elective classes. Journal of Staff Development, 35(5).
  • Karschney, K. & Rasmussen, H. T. (2012). A tapestry of inquiry and action: Cycle of learning weaves its way through Washington district. Journal of Staff Development, 33(3).
  • Rasmussen, H. T. (2012). Wrestling with data: Learning network grapples with how to gather and analyze valuable information. Journal of Staff Development, 33(5).
  • Rasmussen, H. T. (2011). Leadership as conversation. ASCD Express. <>


  • Raei, M. & Rasmussen, H. T. (Eds.). (2022). Adaptive leadership in a global economy: Perspectives for application and scholarship. Routledge.
  • Wagner, T., Kegan, R., Lahey, L. L., Lemons, R. W., Garnier, J., Helsing, D., Howell, A., & Rasmussen, H. T. (2006). Change leadership: A guidebook to transforming our schools. Jossey-Bass, 2006.


  • Rasmussen, H. T., Hawkins, J., & Crow, R. (2022). Adaptive leadership and improvement Science: Natural bedfellows. In M. Raei & H. T. Rasmussen (Eds.). Adaptive Leadership in a Global Economy: Perspectives for Application and Scholarship. Routledge.
  • Rasmussen, H. T., Boyce, M. C. (2022). Giving credit where it’s due: The theories that support adaptive leadership. In M. Raei & H. T. Rasmussen (Eds.). Adaptive Leadership in a Global Economy: Perspectives for Application and Scholarship. Routledge.
  • Hardesty, J. M., Boyce, M. C., & Rasmussen, H. T. (2022). Activism as lost its way: The case for micro-activism. In M. Raei & H. T. Rasmussen (Eds.). Adaptive Leadership in a Global Economy: Perspectives for Application and Scholarship. Routledge.
  • Rasmussen, H. T. & Raei, M. (2020). I’ll only follow if I trust you: Using adult development to accelerate trust. In J. Reams (Ed.). Maturing Leadership: How Adult Development Impacts Leadership. Emerald Publishing.
  • Rasmussen, H. T., Baeder, A., Hunter, M. A., & Chadsey, J. (2018). The promise of protocols: Using microstructures to enhance adult learning. In C. J. Fitzgerald, S. Lauren-fitzgerald, & C. Popa (Eds.). Student centered strategies in adult online learning environments. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


  • “Intellectual Incompetence and the Doc Student.” Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate Annual Convening. Virtual. October 2021.
  • “Using Indigenous Worldview to Rethink Schools, Organizations, and Just About Everything Else.” With Four Arrows (aka Don Trent Jacobs). Fielding Graduate University Winter Session. Santa Barbara, CA, January 2020.
  • “Adjuncts and Activism: How to Use Us Well, for Social Good.” With M. C. Boyce. Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate Convening, Columbia, SC, October 2019.
  • “The Art of Adaptive Leadership.” Knowledge Source Institute, Chiang Mai, Thailand, September 2018.
  • “Growing Our Own: Designing a Peer-Based Growth-Oriented Faculty Evaluation System.” Fall Educators Conference, Northwest Association of Independent Schools, Tacoma, WA, October 2018.




  • Digital teaching and learning and online learning communities
  • Complex systems and adult development
  • Adaptive capacity and organizational effectiveness
  • Teacher efficacy, with intersections of adult development and leadership
  • Psychological safety and accountability in education systems
  • Drexel University (2021 – Present)
    Assistant Clinic Professor
  • Drexel University (2018 – 2021)
    Adjunct Professor
  • Northeastern University. (2017 – 2021)
    Part-time Lecturer and Dissertation Advisor
  • Fielding Graduate University (2016 – 2017)
    Program Development/Adjunct Faculty
  • Abeo School Change/Small Schools Project/Coalition of Essential Schools NW (2002 – 2015)
    Assistant Clinic Professor
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Education (2003 – 2012)
    Faculty and Senior Coach Consultant
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2000-2009)
    Education Initiative Consultant
  • HTR Consulting. (1997 to present)
    Leadership and Organizational Development Consultant
  • Northwest Initiative for Teaching and Learning (1997-2000)
    Communications Director
  • Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (1994-1997)
    Parental Involvement Specialist
  • Washington State Board of Education (1993)

Harriette Thurber Rasmussen, EdD has spent the last three decades coaching educational leaders and their systems toward greater capacity. A member of the consultant cohort piloting an integration of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Harvard Business School, and the Kennedy School of Government for educational leaders, her practice is strongly influenced by frameworks and perspective from each institution and embodies cutting edge research around student learning, organizational effectiveness, and the socio-political aspects of executive leadership. She also served as a faculty member for the Coach Learning Program of Harvard’s Change Leadership Group and participated in the research and development of their systemic change framework.

Dr. Rasmussen joined the Drexel faculty in 2021 where she teaches doctoral courses in leadership and qualitative research. Previously she taught and chaired doctoral committees for Northeastern University and developed a new competency-based Masters in Digital Teaching and Learning for Fielding Graduate University. Her interest and experience in virtual learning environments date back to the 1990’s when she served as the co-coordinator of the International Education and Resource Network’s (I*EARN) Pacific Northwest Center. One of the first digitally based networks enabling cross-cultural collaborative project-based learning opportunities for students and teachers, today I*EARN is found in 140 countries where more than 2 million youth engage in projects daily. She was a founding director and secretary of Educurious Partners, a nonprofit organization that combines project-based learning with an expert network

and technology and she has developed synchronous and asynchronous learning modules for Harvard University’s Programs in Professional Education. Dr. Rasmussen has consulted internationally around leadership, learning networks, organizational effectiveness, and community engagement. Her clients have included The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington State Board of Education, American Institutes for Research, and school districts ranging in size from 800 to 50,000.

Dr. Rasmussen received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University. She is active in the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, currently co-lead of its Program of the Year Committee and its special interest group around online/hybrid doctoral learning. A resident of Seattle, when not interacting with students and colleagues, she can be found walking her dog, Tallac, rain or shine.