Tim Karas, Vice President of Instruction

Vice-President of Instruction

Tim KarasTim joined the College of Alameda (COA) in July 2014 as Vice-President of Instruction. Prior to COA Tim was Dean of Liberal Studies and Language Arts (2009-2014) and Director of Library Services (2005-2009) at Mission College. He currently serves as Executive Board President of the Council of Chief Librarians: California Community Colleges.

Tim was a tenured faculty member at the College of San Mateo. As a faculty member he participated on multiple committees including the Academic Senate, Curriculum Committee, Technology Advisory Committee and College Council.



Fielding Graduate University- EdD Program (in progress)
Doctor of Education

San Jose State University- Instructional Technology Program
Professional Instructional Technology Certificate

San Jose State University- School of Library and Information Science
Masters of Library and Information Science

Boise State University- Department of Education
12 units toward a single-subject teaching credential

Humboldt State University- Department of Geography
Bachelor’s Degree in Geography

Accreditation Site Visiting Teams

ACCJC Accreditation Team (March 2012)
Hawaii Tokai International College
ACCJC Accreditation Team (March 2010)
College of the Siskiyous
ACCJC Accreditation Team (October 2008)
Los Medanos College
ACCJC Accreditation Team (October 2006)
Bakersfield Community College
ACCJC Accreditation Team (October 2005)
Modesto Junior College

Civic Responsibilities

03/2010 – 06/2011
County Of Santa Clara Sister County Commission

06/2001 – 07/2008
City of San Jose Library Commission (Chair 2003-04)
Citizen Oversight Committee: Library Parcel Tax
Citizen Oversight Committee: Library Bond Projects


Patricia Hernas and Timothy Karas. “Campus Partnership in Small Academic Libraries: Challenges and Rewards.” Defining Relevancy: Managing the New Academic Library. Ed. Janet McNeil Hurlbert. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2008. 131-145.

Fast Facts

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