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Laura Zamudio-Orozco, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Teacher Preparation

Simkins (Alder) Building

Phone: (509) 865-0722

Ext: 2126


Education and Degrees

Doctorate: PhD Mathematics Education
Location: Florida International University
Date: 2019

Bachelor’s Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education (K-8)
Location: Eastern Washington University
Date: 2015

Professional Experience

Organization: Heritage University
Position: Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences; Program Coordinator: Ronald E. McNair Scholars’ Program


Dr. Zamudio-Orozco was raised in Brewster, WA.  As an undergraduate, she developed strong interest for mathematics and education and worked with students at Eastern Washington University and Spokane Public Schools. Dr. Zamudio-Orozco became a McNair Scholar in 2013 and earned a fully funded McNair Doctoral Fellowship to pursue her PhD at Florida International University. In graduate school, she taught undergraduate courses in mathematics education for two years and prepared approximately 200 preservice teachers. She also collaborated with faculty and colleagues to study and publish research related to preservice teachers’ connection making skills in mathematics.  For her dissertation, Dr. Zamudio-Orozco collaborated with Miami Public School teachers to learn about their equitable teaching practices in the mathematics classroom that attended to students’ identity and issues of power in the classroom.

Currently, Dr. Zamudio-Orozco’s research is centered on Gutiérrez’s (2002, 2007, 2009) equity framework of dominant and critical mathematics as she stives to reshape mathematics curriculum and classroom dynamics and study how such changes transform students’ experiences in the field of mathematics.  Dr. Zamudio-Orozco is committed to equitable education and as a first-generation scholar, she strives to be an educator, researcher, and mentor that advocates for underserved, low-income, and first-generation scholars in STEM.

Outside of school, Dr. Zamudio-Orozco enjoys outdoor running, listening to music, and traveling with family and friends.