Dr. Kumiko Haas oversees the development and implementation of academic programs, services and activities across all UCLA schools and colleges in support of innovative instructional improvement. She develops and teaches intensive training programs, workshops, and seminars on issues of pedagogy, course design, and instructional methods for new and experienced instructors. She also works with faculty and professional staff (instructional technology consultants, assessment specialists, programmers, videographers) in course development and design projects that involve the transformation of face-to-face courses into blended, flipped and online classrooms. The goal in these projects is to work with the faculty to articulate the learning goals for the class and to help identify and facilitate the incorporation and implementation of the most effective teaching practices, both in pedagogy and technology, into the classroom. Her current responsibilities include development and implementation of the Collegium of University Teaching Fellows Program (CUTF), TA Training Program (TATP), and Test of Oral Proficiency (TOP) and oversight of the Instructional Improvement Grant Programs.
Dr. Haas received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the International Christian University in Tokyo; and she earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from UC Berkeley. Her doctoral work at UC Berkeley and post-doctoral work at California State University, Los Angeles examined cultural and familial influences on student motivation, learning and academic success. Her expertise is in curriculum development, pedagogy, student learning, as well as student mentoring and advising.