Nicole has taught courses in Education at the college and university level for over ten years.


Prior to joining Concordia University Chicago as a Visiting Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, she taught fifth through eighth grade Reading, English, Social Studies, Science, and Religion at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Chicago's Austin neighborhood. She also has professional experience in instructional coaching, study abroad, and education outreach.


Degrees

  • PhD, Cultural and Educational Policy Studies - Loyola University Chicago; Chicago IL
  • EdM, Technology in Education - Harvard Graduate School of Education; Cambridge, MA
  • BA, Liberal Arts and Sciences - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Champaign, IL

Academic and Professional Highlights

Awards/Honors

  • Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellowship

Primary Areas of Research

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Foundations
  • Cultural and Diversity Studies
  • Educational Policy Studies
  • Educational Technology
  • Social-emotional Learning
  • Wellbeing

Publications:

  • Ortegon, N. D. (2017). Toward the "better than well" cultural ideal: Understanding changing conceptualizations of illness and wellness and North American parenting, pedagogy, and education policy (19th-21st C.) (Doctoral dissertation, Loyola University Chicago).

  • Sobe, N. W. & Ortegon, N. D. (2009). Scopic systems, pipes, models and transfers in the global circulation of educational knowledge and practices. In T. Popkewitz & F. Rizvi (Eds.), Globalization and the Study of Education. Chicago: National Society for the Study of Education Yearbook, 108(2), 49-66.

  • Ortegon, N. D. (2012). [Review of the book Raising Citizens in the Century of the Child: the United States and German Central Europe in Comparative Perspective]. European Education, 44(2), 93-96.

  • Ortegon, N. D. (2009). [Review of the book Common Interests, Uncommon Goals: Histories of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies and its Members]. European Education, 41(2), 99-101.

Presentations:

  • Ortegon, N. D. (October 2021). An historical framework for understanding conceptualizations of illness and wellness in relation to parenting, pedagogy, and education policy in the context of COVID-19. [Presentation]. The Association of Lutheran College Faculties (ALCF) 85th Annual Conference: Confronting the Brave, New World: Science, Politics, Culture & Society in 2021, Austin, Texas.

  • Ortegon, N. D. (November 2018). Learning to see what's already there: Possibilities for inter-epistemological understanding. [Presentation]. Concordia University Chicago's Fall 2018 Brown Bag Series: Hidden Figures: Analyzing Gender in Symbolic and Material Spaces, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Ortegon, N. D. (August 2016). From mental to emotional hygiene: The influence of emotional intelligence on somatic and psychogenic dimensions of parenting and schooling in the late twentieth to early twenty-first century United States. [Paper presentation]. The International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE) 38: Education and the Body, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Ortegon, N. D. (April 2015). Diversifying study abroad. [Presentation]. Loyola University Chicago's School of Education Seventeenth Annual Research Symposium: Community of Scholars, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Ortegon, N. D. (March 2015). Oh the places you'll go! Cultivating new pathways to study abroad for a diverse student body. [Presentation]. 2015 NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education International Symposium, New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Ortegon, N. D. (April 2013). Now I know my EQCs: An empathetic-based approach to parenting. [Paper presentation]. Loyola University Chicago's School of Education Fifteenth Annual Research Symposium: Community of Scholars, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Ortegon, N. D. (June 2011). Toward the "better than well" individual and society: Changing measures of "illness" and "wellness" and their influence on children and childhood. [Paper presentation] The Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY) Biennial SHCY Conference, New York, New York.

  • Ortegon, N. D. (March 2010). Conceptualizations of mental illness: The mental hygiene movement, family, and schooling in late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century United States and Canada. [Paper presentation]. The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) National Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Ortegon, N. D. (October 2009). Equality of opportunity: Education, society, and compensatory education in Mexico. [Paper presentation]. The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Northeast Regional Conference, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

  • Ortegon, N. D. (November 2009). Teaching as a profession in the United States during the 19th century. [Paper presentation]. Loyola University Chicago?s Lecture Series, Chicago, Illinois.