Catherine Hayter joined Saddleback's English Department in 2014 as Assistant Professor of Composition. Previously, she taught at Auburn University, UC San Diego, SDSU, CSU Fullerton, and Grossmont College. In her most recent position at Auburn, she piloted the department's first hybrid online composition courses. She also led Huntingdon College's college-wide curricular revision so that it focused on critical thinking, reading, and writing across the disciplines, dramatically improving student retention and success in its first year of implementation.
At Saddleback, she currently serves on various committees and is dedicated to initiatives focusing on literacy across the disciplines, including One Book, One College and the English Department Contextualized Learning work group, which is dedicated to student achievement and equity. She loves teaching, learning from her students and peers, and being actively involved in promoting effective, meaningful, and civically-oriented literacy in her students.
She has her PhD in Literature with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of California San Diego. Her research focuses on the post-civil war literacy practices of women and African-Americans, 19th and 20th century women's rhetoric, invention and composition studies, and community college teaching and learning. She also has an MFA in poetry from Bennington College, with poems "The He in She" published in New York School's LIT journal, and "The Coast," published in Rosebud. For many years, she was the managing editor of Spillway, a regional Orange County literary journal devoted to writing and visual art. She holds a BA in English from the University of California Los Angeles.
She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, painting, and, above all, being with her sweet family.