Catherine Haras serves as the senior director of the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL) at California State University, Los Angeles, where she is responsible for promoting faculty educational development through evidence-based teaching practice. CETL serves thousands of instructors each year. In 2019, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) commended the center as a “national model for faculty development”. Cat has directed CETL since 2011. 

 Prof Haras is a late-career librarian and was formerly a public relations executive. She received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. She is tenured at the level of full professor at the university library, where she coordinated information curriculum. She is very familiar with the relevant set of standards governing the field of information and communication technology (ICT) literacy, and highly experienced in the education and/or instruction of persons in this field. She served on the international cut score panel that set standards for the Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) iCritical Thinking, the first commercial assessment of information literacy. She has researched extensively the information-seeking behaviors (ISB) of first-generation and LatinX undergraduates. 

Her current scholarship focuses on the role that self-awareness plays in development of faculty teaching identity, including self-regulation (SRL) of faculty as expert learners. In 2015 Prof Haras was named a Distinguished Teaching and Learning Advisor with the American Council on Education (ACE) and edited an ACE white paper, Institutional commitment to teaching excellence: Assessing the impacts and outcomes of faculty development (2017). She was an original contributor to The center for teaching and learning Matrix (2018), an outgrowth of the white paper and a POD Network and American Council of Education collaboration.