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Amy GetzPhone: 512.766.1643

Dana Center Role

Amy’s work focuses on supporting systems and institutions to modernize entry-level college mathematics programs. This work ranges from addressing obstacles in state policy to changing institutional practices and improving mathematics curriculum and instruction. Amy leads a team that develops tools and services to support local leaders and works with external organizations to coordinate and mobilize efforts to support math pathways. She also works with peer organizations to establish collaborations in support of math pathways. Amy led the development of the Quantway™ curriculum in partnership with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Before Joining the Dana Center

Amy taught mathematics for 20 years in high school and college. As the founding director of the Freshman Mathematics Program at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, she taught developmental and freshman-level math and led curriculum redesign that resulted in significant improvements in student success in both developmental and college-level math courses. Amy also led initiatives to provide professional learning services to K–12 math educators.


M.A., Secondary School Counseling, Adams State College

B.A., English/Theatre, Fort Lewis College

Selected Publications

Getz, A., Ortiz, H., Hartzler, R., & Leahy, F. (2016). The case for mathematics pathways. Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

Getz, A., & Fraga Leahy, F. (2015). A call to action to expand access to statistics. Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

Getz, A. (2014, January). A systemic approach to reform. Community College Week. Retrieved from

Getz, A. (2012, April). The next generation at the Dana Center: The New Mathways Project. AMATYC Developmental Mathematics Committee Newsletter. Memphis, TN: American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Goldstein, L. B., Burke, B. L., Getz, A., & Kennedy, P. A. (2011). Collaborative problem-based learning in Intermediate Algebra. Journal of Developmental Education, 35(1), 26–28.

Selected Presentations

Modernizing mathematics programs. Featured workshop facilitator for the Advanced Kellogg Institute for the Training and Certification of Developmental Educators (July 2017).

Math pathways: Reflecting back and looking forward. Keynote for the Virginia Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges annual conference (April 2017).

The path less completed. Webinar for Inside Higher Ed, Washington, DC (April 2015).

Making the accelerated pathways the new norm. Presented at the Achieving the Dream DREAM Conference, Baltimore, MD (February 2015).

The intersection of social-emotional learning and mathematics. Presented at the Colorado State University—Pueblo Noyce Scholars Program seminar (April 2014).

Professional Memberships

American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges

National Association of Developmental Education

National Numeracy Network