Kasra Sotudeh, PhD



Chavez Student Center

Transition & Development Coordinator

Kasra designs and co-facilitates transitional curricula for freshmen; provides research and writing support for seniors and degree completion students; develops workshops on various student-specific and team-based personal development topics; serves as a departmental liaison with the Summer Bridge Program; and collaborates with campus constituents on the enhancement of the overall student-athlete experience.


Kasra arrived on campus in June 2012 and initially served as a Learning Specialist, implementing comprehensive academic support, program enhancement, and ongoing assessment. Prior to Cal, he gained extensive experience as a curriculum developer, course instructor, and action researcher for the education department’s undergraduate social foundations program at the University of Maryland while pursuing a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership Studies (May 2012). He also worked as an academic writing and resource specialist for the athletic department assisting staff with daily operations. Kasra has served in numerous capacities as a scholar-practitioner beginning with Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He then pursued advanced credentials (M.Ed.) and worked as an ESOL Teacher and Transition Coordinator for the Montgomery County Public Schools before returning to the University of Maryland to specialize in phenomenological research on lived experiences within sports via the curriculum theory and development track.