Faculty Bio: Hector Ortiz, Ph.D.

Hector Ortiz, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies


  • Dimensions of Leadership
  • Leadership Communication
  • Capstone Applied Research Project
  • Applied Research

Teaching Philosophy

My values––emphasized both by my words and by actions––include the importance of organization, professionalism, preparation, participation and interaction. Other fundamental elements of my teaching philosophy include mutual respect, acceptance of others’ views, clear and effective communication, the importance of fair process, and the significance of diversity, inclusion and equity.

My classes facilitate learning, accommodates a variety of adult learning styles, and encourage students to present their opinions while respecting the views of others. This approach enables students to learn, share, and communicate frequently and effectively, modeling a holistic leadership model. My goal is to encourage students to reflect, practice and exhibit a clear, coherent, and tactful narrative using critical thinking, experiential learning, problem-solving strategies and effective communication approaches.

I use visual learning tools, updated lecture narratives, videos, case studies and interactive discussions to ensure learning takes place, sharing occurs and interaction gains relevancy. I also incorporate learning models that feature cause-and-effect, chronological approaches, and various problem-solving methods, which allow students to better understand diverse situations, perspectives, and ways to deal with expected or unexpected change.


Dr. Hector Ortiz is the director of the college’s Graduate Studies program. He brings more than 25 years of practical experience and applied expertise in the fields of leadership, human rights, social engineering, civic engagement, diversity and community service. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree in diplomacy and a doctorate in international relations from Guayaquil State University.

Ortiz is heavily involved in the Harrisburg-area community. He has founded several cultural organizations, including Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania, Latino/Hispanic Professional Association and Dauphin County Diversity Forum. He is a charter member of the Harrisburg Keystone Rotary Club and served as district governor of Rotary International. Ortiz has held various positions in Toastmasters International, including club president, Area 12 director and Division-A director, District 38.

He has received numerous awards for his work in the community.

He is president of his own communications consulting firm, serves as a consultant to the bilingual newspaper La Voz Latina Central and is the author of The Creative Energy of Positive Thinking.


  • Doctorate in Diplomacy and International Relations, Guayaquil State University – Guayaquil, Guayas Province, Ecuador
  • Master in Diplomacy and International Relations, Guayaquil State University – Guayaquil, Guayas Province, Ecuador
  • Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering, Guayaquil State University – Guayaquil, Guayas Province, Ecuador


  • Distinguished Toastmaster, Highest Toastmasters Educational Award
  • Certification of Commendation, Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council
  • Advanced Leader and Advanced Communicator, Toastmasters
  • Competent Leader (CL), Toastmasters International
  • Qualified Medical Interpreter, Health Federation of Philadelphia/PADOH
  • Certified Trainer in Understanding Poverty – Aha! Process

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