Dr. Eric Haas


Dr. Eric Haas has been in education for nearly 30 years. He started as a teacher and science center director as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. Since then, he has worked as a teacher in London and Caracas, Venezuela, a teacher and principal in Phoenix, Arizona, a senior researcher at WestEd, and a faculty member or instructor at five universities before coming to Cal Poly Pomona. During his career, Dr. Haas has conducted research and program evaluations, managed schools, classrooms and research teams, and directed trainings of teachers, graduate students and community leaders. He research interests are in the legal rights and education experiences of English learners, promoting school reform, and the process of education policy change, with a focus on the influence of unconscious mental models on conscious decision-making. He has been the principal investigator of an IES Goal 3 evaluation of the WRITE English learner writing program and the lead evaluator of the Lindsay USD (CA) Race to the Top grant for developing their personalized performance based learning system. His work has been published in Educational Administration Quarterly, the Bilingual Research Journal, and the American Educational Research Journal, among others. Dr. Haas is currently working on his second book, which concerns best practices for educating English learners with learning disabilities. Dr. Haas received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Notre Dame, a law degree from The Catholic University of America, and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University.