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About Patricio R. Ortiz

As an Assistant Professor of ESL/Bilingual Multicultural Education at USU my current research interests and publishing agenda is focused on the performance of Latino, and other culturally and linguistically diverse student populations, in US and Utah secondary schools. My research interest and work also includes indigenous knowledge, ethnic identity, and intercultural bilingual education among indigenous populations in Latin America.
Using anthropological approaches to the study of cultures and languages in contact within educational settings, I draw my conceptual frameworks from critical pedagogy, postcolonial and poststructural theoretical approaches and critical ethnography.
A native from Santiago, Chile, trilingual in Spanish, English and French, I came to the field of higher education with an extensive previous experience as a secondary ESL/Bilingual public school teacher in the US and previous work experience in the fields of international development (Elections and Human Rights) and journalism. During these years I lived and worked in six Latin American countries.


Present Assistant Professor, Utah State University Teacher Education and Leadership

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Visiting Professor, College of Education (2009)
  • Visiting Professor, Teaching Research Institute (2007-2008)
  • Ford Foundation Pre-Dissertation Research Fellow (2002)
  • Title VII Bilingual Education Fellowship (2000-2003)


  • TEAL 6710: Diversity in Education
  • TEAL 4760/6760: Foundations of ESL/Bilingual Education
  • ED 4710/6710: Strategies for the ESL
  • ED 4710: Diversity in Education

Contact Information

Phone: (435) 797-3946
Location: EDUC 339