Head, Teaching and Learning

Catherine Haras is the senior director of the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL) at California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA), where she is responsible for promoting faculty educational development through evidence-based teaching practice. She is a tenured member of the university’s library faculty.


Catherine served as an ACE distinguished teaching and learning adviser from 2016-2018, providing guidance and leadership on effective teaching projects. including an ACE faculty development cross-campus impact study involving 120 faculty and 24 faculty development professionals across six colleges and universities in the California State University and City University of New York systems.  She currently serves as a strategic advisor and lead consultant on teaching and learning innovation at ED2WORK.


A former public relations executive, Catherine earned her bachelor’s in journalism and American history from Boston University, and a master’s in library and information science from the University of Washington. She teaches courses in public relations and information management at Cal State LA.

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