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Meet Dr. Carla Harcleroad
Meet Dr. Carla Harcleroad

Carla Harcleroad is personally and professionally dedicated to addressing complex postsecondary student success, persistence, and degree completion issues through the strategic development and redesign of advising programs, departments, and systems. Her path to this work started in 2000 after graduating from PSU with a B.A. in Applied Linguistics and English and subsequently beginning law school at the University of Oregon. In the five months she spent as a “1L,” she began asking questions about pedagogical approaches and how those approaches influence student persistence. Two months later, Carla was enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the University of Oregon in Educational Leadership. In addition to her time at the UO, Carla spent a year working on her Ph.D. at the University of California Los Angeles, and she ultimately finished her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a focus on Policy, Management, and Organization at the University of Oregon in 2007.

Since finishing her Ph.D., Carla has worked as a researcher for the Educational Policy Improvement Center, which focuses on understanding, and increasing, college and career readiness for high school students, and she also directed PathwayOregon at the University of Oregon, a comprehensive retention and degree completion program for lower-income Oregonians. She came to PSU from Lewis & Clark College, where she served as the Assistant Dean for Student Success and Retention and Managing Director of the College Advising Center she developed in 2015. While serving in these various roles, Carla had the opportunity to teach graduate and undergraduate students, support professional development opportunities for advising communities, present at conferences, and advise thousands of undergraduate students in individual and group settings. In August 2016, Carla took on the role of Associate Vice President for Advising & Career Services at PSU.

Carla considers Portland State University her “home institution,” and she is inspired by the opportunity to return to public higher education in her home state and work alongside faculty and professional advisors, career counselors, and students to support student success at Oregon’s most diverse institution.

In her time away from work, Carla can be found exploring Portland’s beautiful bike trails, visiting her hometown, Eugene, OR, spending time with her family, and caring for her rescued Bullmastiff, “Joey.”