Humboldt State University

School of Education

Cathleen Rafferty

Rafferty Cathleen
Prior to working at Humboldt State from 2000-2010, Cathleen taught a variety of university-level courses at Indiana State University, Central Michigan University and Eastern Illinois University.  While based at HSU Cathleen taught Content Area Literacy, several graduate literacy courses, and Qualitative Research Methods ad Teaching in Higher Education.  She was also the half-time Developer/Director of the Center for Educational Excellence, Collaboration and Inquiry.  Cathleen also taught middle-school students in Illinois and Colorado where she also coached basketball and track.  After “retiring” from HSU Cathleen “returned” to teach online in the SED Credential Program.

Throughout Cathleen’s professional career, which spans from 1975 through the present, she has maintained an interest in secondary literacy, document literacy, reading to learn, professional development schools, school-university collaboration, classroom research, and qualitative research methods.  Hster various interests lead to consulting in Brazil, Puerto Rico and a multi-year contract with the Rhode Island Department of Education as part of a team that vetted teacher preparation programs against rigorous new standards.

When not teaching for HSU Cathleen and her husband, Phil, split time between Arizona and Montana where they do lots of reading, camping and hiking.