About & Contact - CETL


The Center for Effective Teaching and Learning promotes teaching as an area of practice and scholarship for all faculty, in fulfillment of professional growth and the larger university mission. By growing a culture of teaching and teaching excellence, we improve the lives of a unique population of Cal State LA students.

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The Center for Effective Teaching and Learning promotes teaching as an area of practice. The CSU is based upon the teacher-scholar model. CETL consults with Cal State L.A. faculty who want to broaden their teaching and participate in the scholarship of teaching and learning. By growing a teaching culture on campus we hope to increase the quality of student learning.

CETL professional development opportunities include faculty learning communities (FLCs); professional development for chairs; Course Redesigns for departments; one-on-one coaching and technology support; and training workshops for instructional technologies, including the campus learning management system, Canvas. We encourage all faculty to email us at [email protected] for questions about teaching practice and [email protected] for questions about academic technology (Canvas, Zoom, etc.). 

The CETL Main Offices are located in Fine Arts 138. The CETL Annex is located at Library South, Room 3074.

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CETL provides faculty at all stages in their careers with a range of professional development services supporting teaching and scholarship.

Faculty interested in feedback are encouraged to arrange a consultation. Services may include, but are not limited to:

  • RTP Mentorship
  • Faculty writing groups
  • Informal teaching observations
  • Syllabus development (PDF) and course design (See Also the Faculty Handbook, Chapter 5 "Instructional Policies" on the syllabus).
  • Assessment
  • Concerns related to course management and/or classroom dynamics

Consultations are confidential and voluntary. Email Director Catherine Haras at [email protected] to schedule a consultation.

Are you a new Lecturer for the University? 

Welcome to Cal State LA! We're excited for you to get started with us. The Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL) provides pedagogical and instructional technology training for all faculty at the university. In order to better support you, we’ve created a short checklist for you to make sure you are set to start with us at the University. We also have an optional short survey for us to get to know more about you. 

Help us get to know you: Survey for new Lecturers

Explore our recommended checklist for getting started with Cal State LA. 

CETL Staff

Catherine (Cat) Haras
Executive Director of the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning 
(323) 343 - 5607; [email protected]

Jeff Suarez-Grant
Interim Associate Director of Educational Technology
(323) 343 - 6597; [email protected]

Maryam Movsumov
Technology Services Coordinator
(323) 343 - 6592; [email protected]

Jeff Henline 
LMS Administrator 
(323) 343 - 6598; [email protected]

Naat Jairam
Instructional Designer
(323) 343 - 6599; [email protected]

Carl Schottmiller
Instructional Designer
(323) 343-6597; [email protected]

Damien Contreras
Academic Technology Support Specialist 
(323) 343 - 6593; [email protected]

Roger Ramirez
Academic Technology Support Specialist 
(323) 343 - 6605; [email protected]