Whitney E. Wall Bortz, Ph.D.

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Education, Queen's University, Belfast
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, California
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Humanities, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, California
As an undergraduate student, I knew that I eventually wanted to serve in higher education, but first, I was called to teach young people. While teaching middle school, I experienced the joy of investing in students who needed to know that they were not only capable of learning, but also that learning can be rewarding. I am honored to now work with students at FPU who feel similarly called to serve young people.

Publications & Presentations

  • Wall Bortz, W., Knight, D., Lyles, C. (2020). A Competitive System: Graduate Student Recruitment in STEM and Why Money May Not be the Answer. Journal of Higher Education, 1 – 26. DOI: 10.1080/00221546.2019.1706017
  • Wall Bortz, W., Gautam, A., Tatar, D., Lipscomb, K. (2019). Missing in Measurement: Why Identifying Learning in Integrated Domains is so Hard. Journal of Science Education and Technology. 29, 121 – 136.
  • Wall Bortz, W., Gautam, A., Tatar, D., Lipscomb, K. (2020, April). Design Tensions in Developing and Evaluating an Integrated Computational Thinking Performance Assessment. Accepted Paper for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA.
  • Wall Bortz, W., Knight, D., Lyles, C., Borrego, M. (2020, April). A Competitive System: Achieving Diversity and Quality in STEM through Graduate Student Recruitment. Accepted Paper for the Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA.
  • Gautam, A., Wall Bortz, W., Tatar, D. (2020, March). Abstraction through Multiple Representations in an Integrated Computational Thinking Environment. Conference Proceedings for the Annual Meeting of ACM SIGCSE. Portland, OR.
  • Wall Bortz, W., Gautam, A., Lipscomb, K., Tatar, D. (2019, March). Integrating Computational Thinking into Middle School Science: A Search for Synergistic Pedagogy. Accepted Paper for the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Engineering Education Southeastern. Raleigh, NC. (Best Paper Award and Finalist for Zone 2)
  • Correy, D., Galeshi, R., Wall Bortz, W. (2019, April). Mathematics Teachers Examine Implicit Gender Biases in their Teaching of Mathematics. Accepted Paper for the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. San Diego, CA.
  • Wall Bortz, W., Knight, D., Kinoshita, T., Choe, N., Nguyen, K., Borrego, M. (2019, April). A Competitive System: Graduate Student Recruitment in STEM and Why Money May Not be the Answer. Accepted Paper for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Toronto, Canada.
  • Wall Bortz, W., Tatar, D., Gautam, A., Rivale, S., Lipscomb, K. (2019). In M. Reardonand J. Leonard (Eds.),
  • Weighing priorities: Considering optimal pedagogical balance for the integration of computational thinking in core content areas. Integrating Digital Technology in Education: School-University-Community Collaboration. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Wall Bortz, W. & Knies, J. (2016, April). Data literacy: Are teachers prepared? Paper presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA), Washington D.C.