Dean Heather Lattimer

Dean Heather Lattimer

On August 1, 2018, Dr. Heather Lattimer became the Dean of the Connie L. Lurie College of Education, and since then she has been a steadfast leader within Lurie College and SJSU, especially when leading our community through multiple societal crises in 2020.

Recent Dean Lattimer News

Dean Lattimer was the featured guest on the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence's Leading Forward podcast, in which she spoke about leadership, equity, and well-being in times of COVID-19.

Dean Lattimer was featured as one of the guest voices in the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) Field Guide for Accelerating Learning, Equity and Well-Being.

Congratulations!  You have made it more than halfway through the semester!  In a fall that has included a pandemic, remote learning, wildfires, air quality-related campus shutdowns, economic challenges, and intense political animosity, making it this far is an accomplishment. Your efforts and your success need to be recognized and celebrated.

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Watch the opening remarks from SJSU Lurie College of Education Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro from the first Dean’s Forum of the Fall 2020 semester. In this forum, they acknowledge the multiple crises we’re all juggling as we transition into the semester and begin to discuss first steps in moving forward in our determination to prepare transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders.

Dean Lattimer was asked to speak as a panelist along with California State Senator Connie Leyva, California Teachers Association President E. Toby Boyd, Sacramento City Unified Superintendent Jorge Aguilar, and California State Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber about “Public Education in the Midst of COVID” at the recent Silicon Valley Leadership Group Education Summit in August 2020.

Dean Lattimer Bio

Dr. Lattimer joined the Lurie College of Education in 2018 from the University of San Diego, where she had held a faculty appointment since 2006 and served as chair of the Department of Learning and Teaching, Associate Dean of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, and, most recently, Executive Director of the Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education.

Dr. Lattimer received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a Master’s in Teaching from Stanford University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of California, San Diego. She began her career as a history teacher at Lincoln High School in San Jose Unified School District - Go Lions! She also taught middle and high school math and English in the San Diego Unified School District and worked as a literacy consultant with schools and districts across the country. Dr. Lattimer is the author of numerous articles and professional books for educators including Thinking through Genre (Stenhouse, 2003) and Real World Literacies (NCTE, 2014).

In addition to a passion for excellence and equity in K-12 education, Dr. Lattimer’s research and professional interests include teacher and principal education with an emphasis on diversifying the educator pipeline, technology in education, international education, and access and equity in post-secondary education. She believes that our best work is often done collaboratively and works to actively cultivate partnerships with schools, districts, and community-based organizations.