Erica Yamamura, PhD

Erica Yamamura headshot

Ph.D., Higher Education and Organizational Change, UCLA
MA, Higher Education and Organizational Change, UCLA
BA, Political Science and Asian American Studies (College Honors), UCLA

Professor, Student Development Administration (SDA)
Program Director, Student Development Administration (SDA)

Phone: (206) 296-2105

Building/Room: Loyola 408

Erica K. Yamamura is professor and program director in the Student Development Administration program.

Her research is centered on educational equity and inclusion in P-20 education, specifically in the areas of college access, community engagement, student success initiatives, and organizational development. 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 inclusion. To date, she has partnered with a number of on-campus partners (Division of Student Development, Center for Community Engagement, and the Learning Assistance Programs), open-access institutions in the region (Bellevue College, Cascadia College, Highline College, South Seattle College, and North Seattle College), K-12 (Seattle Public Schools, Middle College High School), and college access organizations (Rainier Scholars and Summer Search).

Prior to Seattle University, she served as an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership program at Texas State University. At Texas State she trained K-12 school and community leaders. Immediately following her graduate studies, she served as a postdoctoral Scholar-in Residence at Carleton College.

Before becoming a professor, she spent over a decade cultivating 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 and College Access). 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.

She earned a BA in Political Science and Asian American Studies, and an MA and a Ph.D. in Education (Higher Education and Organizational Change) all from UCLA. As a doctoral student she was a Spencer Foundation Fellow and received the UCLA Faculty Award for her leadership in the HEOC program. 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. She is the first in her family to graduate from college.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Yamamura has an affinity for exploring global cuisines. She currently enjoys exploring the wealth of Southeast Asian restaurants in the greater Seattle area and welcomes suggestions for tasty local taquerias.