Jody Z. Priselac, Ph.D.


UC Los Angeles

Jody Z. Priselac is the Associate Dean for Community Programs in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Dr. Priselac has over 30 years experience as a mathematics educator, serving in many roles, including high school teacher, professional development leader, teacher educator, and educational researcher. Her research interests focus on understanding how to bring about change in teacher practice in teaching mathematics in urban schools and in partnering with communities to advance equitable education. 

Dr. Priselac began her career as a secondary mathematics teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District. She came to UCLA as the Director of the UCLA Mathematics Project and for 15 years was the Executive Director of Center X, a center with a mission to transform public schooling to become more equitable places of learning for all students. She has developed, coordinated, and studied numerous professional development programs funded from a variety of agencies and foundations. Dr. Priselac has presented locally, statewide and nationally on mathematics education, teacher preparation, and school-university partnerships and has provided expert testimony at both the state and federal levels. She is one of the founding partners in the creation of the UCLA Community School in Los Angeles Unified School District. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a doctorate in education, both from UCLA.