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Associate Director and Director of Community Engaged Learning and Research

Luke Terra

MA ’08, PhD ’14

Luke directs the Community Engaged Learning and Research (CELR) division at the Haas Center for Public Service. The CELR team supports faculty and students in connecting teaching and research to broader public concerns through service-learning courses, community-engaged internships, and community-based research.

Luke received his doctorate in history of education and international comparative education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. His research focuses on teaching and learning in secondary history and civics classrooms. Luke’s dissertation explored the development of a common history curriculum in Northern Ireland, and the challenges of teaching history in a post-conflict context. Prior to his doctoral work, Luke managed international partnerships for the Center for Civic Education, supporting civic educators in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Malawi, India, and Indonesia. He previously served as assistant director of the Center for Service and Learning at Colorado College, where he worked with student service organizations, community organizations, and faculty interested in community engagement.

Apart from his work at Stanford, Luke learns about the challenges of teaching and learning in the elementary grades from his wife Megan (a first-grade teacher). He also enjoys spending time with his two children and traveling home to Colorado as often as possible — especially during ski season.


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