Tim  Karas

Dean, Liberal Studies and Language Arts

Tim joined Mission College in 2005 as Director of library Services. For the 2009/10 academic year he held the position of Interim Dean of Instruction. In 2010 he became the Dean of Liberal Studies and Language Arts. Prior to Mission College, 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. Previous to working in academia, he worked as a librarian for the City of Palo Alto and Redwood City.


University of Exeter- 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
Bachelors Degree in Geography

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 Oversite Committee: Library Parcel Tax
Citizen Oversite 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

Favorite things: travel, reading, and gardening.


Tim Karas

Tim Karas
phone: 408-855-5164
email: tim.karas@wvm.edu
office: Library, LIB-2226