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Associate Professor, Student Development Administration
Ph.D., Education (Higher Education and Organizational Change), University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Education (Higher Education and Organizational Change), University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. cum laude, Political Science and Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Erica K. Yamamura is an associate professor and the graduate research project coordinator in the Student Development Administration program. In addition, during the 2013-14 academic year she serves as a concentration co-coordinator for the Adult, Postsecondary, and Higher Education Concentration in the Educational Leadership doctoral program.
She has spent over a decade cultivating bi-directional community partnerships to advance educational equity and diversity in P-20 educational settings (Mentor Programs, Non-Profit, and University/Community Partnerships) and in student affairs (Residential Life, Outreach/College Readiness, and Educational Internships). In addition, Dr. Yamamura has extensive research experience utilizing quantitative, qualitative, and participatory methodologies, including serving as a Research Assistant at the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute and working with university and non-profit partners on assessment and program evaluation.
Research, Teaching, and Service
Dr. Yamamura’s research, teaching, and service reflects her commitment to engaged scholarship as a means to examine, critically assess, and advance educational equity. Her research agenda centers on the nexus of diversity and equity in P-20 education, with a specific emphasis on college and graduate preparation, student development processes, and retention for historically underrepresented communities (African American, Latina/o, Native American, Southeast Asian, 1st generation, low socioeconomic status, urban, and immigrant students). Within these areas, and in collaboration with university and community partners, she examines opportunity structures, programs, and student, faculty, administrative, and community members’ experiences to illuminate promising practices to advance equity and diversity.
At Seattle University, she is actively engaged in community-based learning and research which she uses as a pedagogical tool to (a) enhance student learning and (b) provide meaningful community service. To date, she has partnered with a number of on-campus partners (Division of Student Development, Center for Service and Community Engagement, and the Learning Assistance Programs) , open-access institutions in the region (Bellevue College, Cascadia College, South Seattle Community College, and North Seattle Community College), and K-12 (Seattle Public Schools, Middle College High School).
Prior to Seattle University, she served as an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership program at Texas State University (Texas State). At Texas State she taught courses on participatory action research, community engagement, and social foundations. She conducted research and service in the area of P-20 partnerships for equity and diversity with such partners as the Texas State Division of Student Affairs, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Leander Independent School District. Immediately following her graduate studies, she served as a postdoctoral Scholar-in Residence at Carleton College. She holds a BA in Political Science and Asian American Studies (minor in Public Policy and Labor and Workplace studies), and an MA and Ph.D. in Education (Higher Education and Organizational Change) all from UCLA.
Dr. Yamamura is a proud product of California’s public education system, having attended K-12 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District and postsecondary education in the University of California system.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Yamamura has an affinity for exploring ethnic cuisines. She currently enjoys exploring the wealth of Southeast Asian restaurants in the greater Seattle area and welcomes suggestions for tasty local taquerias.
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