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Betty L. Harkins Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer
Academic Advisor

Phone: (210) 659-0954

Office: St. Phillip's College Main Campus
or Alamo University Center
Call or e-mail for schedule.



Ph.D., 1994, Texas A&M University, Adult and Extension Education, Dissertation Topic: Student Support Services Within Private Career Colleges in Texas

M.P.A., 1981, Southwest Texas State University, Human Resources, Thesis Topic: Case Studies of Women‘s Centers in Texas

B.A.A.S., 1980, Southwest Texas State University


Dr. Betty Harkins

Dr. Harkins is a native Texan, born in Ft. Worth but grew up on a 2,000 acre ranch in Glen Rose, Texas — 2 ranches away from Hard Scrabble, the ranch owned by John Graves, the author of the book by the same name, and also the author of Goodbye to a River and several other books. Life in Glen Rose was a wonderful experience, and growing up on the ranch was an even greater experience — cattle and animals (even the wild ones) were pets and had names. The rattlesnakes were not as loved! Rural life is the perfect place to learn and grow and play. The ranch was sold when Dr. Harkins was in her late teens and the family relocated to the San Marcos area.

Dr. Harkins is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and in the 1990s was  the founder and director of the chemical dependency counselor training program at then Southwest Texas State University. She also developed and managed a peer-counselor program at the Wackenhut prison facility in Kyle, Texas.  She currently serves as a faculty member and academic advisor in the San Antonio area and teaches on both the Alamo and San Marcos campuses.

Dr. Harkins is the mother of two grown sons and is "Nana" to one grandson and a step-granddaughter.


Dr. Harkins' Vita