Oakes Faculty Fellows

The Oakes College faculty represents a wealth of expertise from the natural sciences to the humanities, and we are proud to have some of the top scholars in the world among our faculty. Our students major in nearly every discipline at UCSC—from economics and computer science, to theater arts and Latin American and Latino studies—and they are well supported by the depth and breadth of the Oakes College faculty and the extensive knowledge of our advising team.

TBA is Oakes's faculty chair!

The Chair of the Faculty is an Academic Senate member, other than the Provost, who is elected by the college Faculty to serve a two year term, and will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.


Nandini Bhattacharya
  • Title
    • Continuing Lecturer
    • Associate Director . of Teaching
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Mathematics Department
    • Center for Teaching & Learning
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • McHenry Library, McHenry Building Room #4165
    • Oakes 316
  • Mail Stop Mathematics Department
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Education

Summary of Expertise

Leading professional development for both STEM faculties and Teaching Assistants in research-informed, 21st-century teaching methods including: understanding how learning happens; developing inclusive teaching strategies; promoting active and collaborative learning; assessing student learning; and encouraging effective communication among members of a teaching team.

Expertise in developing and implementing mathematics curriculum and teaching for the large gateway mathematics courses reflective of the inclusive teaching practices.

Research Interests

Teaching and Learning

Biography, Education and Training

Nandini Bhattacharya

Associate Director of Teaching, Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL) & Continuing Lecturer of Mathematics



 Postgraduate Certificate in Education

June 1988, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

Professional Clear Single Subject (Math) Teaching Credential for High School, 1988-present


M.A. in Mathematics

June 1987, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

B.A. in Mathematics

May 1985, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA


Professional Development for Inclusive Teaching and Learning

Faculty Fellow at the Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL), UC Santa Cruz, inaugural cohort starting Fall 2017.

Participant of the 2017 ESCALA Certification in College Teaching and Learning for Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), July 2017-December    2017.


Participant and one of two UCSC representatives at the TST FLP (Transforming STEM Teaching Faculty Learning Program), offered by UC

Berkeley, January – May 2017 & August – December 2017.  Facilitator January 2018- December 2018.


Participant of the 2016 QTEL (Quality Teaching for English Learners) Summer Institutes, Building the Base Mathematics, offered by WestEd



Honors, Awards and Grants



Recipient of the Hero Award by the Educational Opportunity Programs 2016

Recipient of the Excellence in Diversity award by the Chancellor at UCSC 2013 and 2005    



College Math Academy Coordinator, mathematics component of the Hispanic Serving Institution SEMILA Grant ($5.7 M) over five years, offered by the Department of Education 2016

Lead Coordinator, mathematics component of the Hispanic Serving Institution MAPA Grant ($2,624,577) over five years, offered by the

Department of Education 2015

 PI, Disciplinary Communication (DC) Grant ($28,618), which was originally offered by the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education but subsequently sponsored by the Mathematics Department 2015



Selected Publications

First author of the book chapter:

Redesigning the Gateway College Algebra Course at one Hispanic-Serving Institution: Towards "Servingness" Through Curriculum  & Pedagogy edited by Gina A. Garcia, Assitant Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Selected Presentations



·       “Faculty-Led Teaching Centers: Peer to Peer Leadership Strategies”, International Consortium for Educational Development(ICED) conference, June 2018 (Co-facilitated)

·       “Transforming Teaching and Learning at the University of California: Clearing Institutional Barriers”, Second Annual HHMI-UC STEM Faculty Learning Community Meeting, October 2017 (Co-presenter)

·       “UC Santa Cruz Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives: Documenting the journey of transforming CL-Math 2 (College Algebra) course into an Active Learning Experience”, STEM Active Learning Seminar Series, May 2017 [Co-presenter)

·       “Effective use of students’ engagement in transforming the learning experience of a large introductory mathematics class,” STEM Active Learning Seminar Series, January 2016

·       “Slugs on STEM: Preparing competent and diverse teachers,” MSRI meeting, 2014 Critical Issues in Mathematics Education Workshop [Co-presenter]


Selected Recordings

Developed 50 Pre-lecture videos for College Algebra and Precalculus courses.  These videos are developed to bridge mathematics preparation of students coming from diverse lbackgrounds as well as implementing Active Learning teaching during lecture.

Teaching Interests

Large lecture mathematics courses: College Algebra, Precalculus, Calculus