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Biography

Biography


Enrique Ortiz received his Doctor of Education degree in mathematics education from Louisiana State University in 1987. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics education from Inter-American University, Puerto Rico, in 1976, and his Master of Arts degree in mathematics supervision from Phoenix University in 1981. For over 30 years, Enrique Ortiz has been involved in mathematics education as a middle school teacher, supervisor, instructor, writer or curriculum developer in Puerto Rico, Louisiana, and Florida. Since 1989, he has been an assistant professor (1989-1994), associate professor (1994-2020) and professor (August, 2020-present) at the University of Central Florida. He has taught mathematics methods, curriculum development, problem solving, assessment, technology and action research courses. His topics of interest include brain-based research, teaching goals, use of technology for teaching, teaching mathematics for social justice, algebraic thinking, action research, creativity, art education, TeachLive simulations, diagnosis of mathematics strengths and misconceptions, cognitive learning levels and fraction concept development. He has stayed very active in the profession by volunteering his services to organize conferences, reviewing manuscripts for possible publication, presenting papers and workshops locally, nationally and internationally, and publishing articles and books.

Areas of Expertise

Education

Ed.D. in Secondary School Mathematics with Statistics
Louisiana State University

Research

Research Interests

  • Use of physical and virtual manipulatives to teach mathematics
  • Pre- and In-service teachers' development of teaching goals
  • Brain-based learning strategies
  • Use of TeachLive similations to help pre- and in-service teachers’ development of diagnostic competence
  • Use of Art as a tool for creativity and mathematics learning

Awards

University Level:

  • University of Central Florida Scroll & Quill Society (October 29, 2019). I was inducted into the UCF Scroll and Quill Society
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award of the State University System of Florida (2013-2014, 2006-2007)
  • Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) of the State University System of Florida (2015-2016, 2009-2010, 2004-2005, 1999-2000, 1995-96)
  • Research Incentive Award (RIA) of the State University System of Florida (2006-2007, 2001-2002)
  • University Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award of the University of Central Florida (2013-2014)
  • University Excellence in Faculty Advising Award of the University of Central Florida (2003-2004)

College Level:

  • College of Community Innovation and Education Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award of the University of Central Florida (2018-2019)
  • College of Community Innovation and Education Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award of the State University System of Florida (2017-2018)
  • College of Education and Human Performance Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award of the University of Central Florida (2013-2014, 2004-2005)
  • UCF Excellence in Research Award (2002-2003)
  • College of Education Excellence in Faculty Advising Award of the University of Central Florida (2003-2004)
  • College of Education and Human Performance Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award of the State University System of Florida (1999-2000, and 1995-1996)

External Level:

  • Teaching Children Mathematics Journal Editorial Panel, National Council of Teacher of Mathematics (NCTM) – Year Favorite Selection, Volume 23 (2017). The editorial panel of each NCTM journal selected one article as the favorite. The article “Get the Goof” by Michelle H. Pace, a graduate of the UCF K-8 Mathematics and Science M.Ed. (2014) and Enrique Ortiz was selected for this recognition.
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