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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, a transformative redesign to modernize entry-level college mathematics programs through working with states, systems, universities, and colleges. Through communication, tools, and resources, she builds collaborative partnerships to plan, implement, and scale mathematics pathways to normative practice. 

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 Publications

Ortiz, H., & Cook, H. (2019). DMCP theory of scale: Exploring state-level implementation successes and challenges. In R. Hartzler & R. Blair (Eds.), Emerging issues in mathematics pathways: Case studies, scans of the field, and recommendations. Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

McIver, M., Getz, A., & Ortiz, H. (2017). Institutional implementation guide. Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

Getz, A., & Ortiz, H. (2016). DCMP call to action: The case for mathematics pathways. Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

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.

Ortiz, H. (2012, Summer). Equity to adequacy: School facilities litigation. Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association.

Selected Presentations

Data coaching. Presented to the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC) as part of the CVHEC Math Pathways initiative, Fresno, CA (December 2019).

Advising and mathematics pathways. Presented to the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education as part of the Mathematics Pathways to Completion (MPC) initiative, Leominster, MA (October 2018).

Designing mathematics pathways. Presented to the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges as part of the MPC initiative, Seattle and Spokane, WA (October 2017).

Take action on math pathways with new resources. Presented at the National Association for Developmental Education annual conference, Oklahoma City, OK (March 2017).

Professional Memberships

American Educational Research Association 

National Academic Advising Association

National Association of Developmental Education

Texas Community College Teachers Association