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Heather R. OrtizPhone: 512.766.1441

Dana Center Role

Heather leads technical assistance initiatives that support state- and institutional-level work for Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (formerly the New Mathways Project), an initiative to modernize entry-level college mathematics programs through working with states and colleges. Through communication, tools, and resources, she builds collaborative partnerships to plan, implement, and evaluate mathematics pathways in multiple states.

Before Joining the Dana Center

As dean of academic affairs at Ranger College, Heather led diverse institutional initiatives related to academic and support programs, including developmental education, academic advising, the NMP, student retention through early alert reporting, learning frameworks, and college-preparation coursework with partner high schools. At the American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities, she facilitated learning events on behalf of nationwide experts related to training K–12 educational leaders on topics pertaining to educational facilities (i.e., construction, renovation, maintenance, safety, sustainability).


Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Tarleton State University

M.Ed., Educational Administration, Tarleton State University

B.A., History, Tarleton State University

Selected Presentations

Improving underprepared students’ writing skills one block at a time. Presented at the annual NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, Austin, TX (May 2015).

An assessment of perceptions of the impact of indoor environmental quality on student academic performance at Texas charter schools. Poster presentation at the Texas A&M University Pathways Research Symposium, Galveston, TX (November 2012).

Selected Publications

Ortiz, H. (2014, November). Active reading as a model for effective writing. NADE English SPIN Newsletter. Kinnelon, NJ: National Association for Developmental Education.

Ortiz, H, & Dorris, D. (2013). What every educational leader should know to strategically plan for educational facilities. Stephenville, TX: American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities, Tarleton State University.

Professional Memberships

American Educational Research Association

National Association of Developmental Education

Texas Community College Teachers AssociationHeather R. Ortiz