Savita has been involved in education for the past thirteen years. As the director of curriculum and faculty development for the Metro Academies Initiative, she serves on the cross-institution leadership team of Metro Academies, working across with SF State and City College of San Francisco. She has a deep belief in the power of transforming faculty teaching through critical pedagogical principles and has a passion for the intersections between education equity and health equity.
In her work with Metro Academies, Savita leads and develops long-term program plans, hires new project team members and supervises project committees. She interfaces with deans, department chairs and academic office coordinators around to oversee course scheduling, faculty recruitment and hiring and student class placement. She creates and delivers presentations to funders, at conferences and to high-level leaders on campus about Metro Academies Initiative and assists with grant writing and reporting as required. She is also responsible for the supervision of staff and faculty involved in faculty development and curriculum throughout the Initiative.
Savita works closely with evaluators to conduct curriculum and faculty development evaluation specifically for use as program improvement. She directs collaborative curriculum writing processes for a minimum of three courses per academy that integrate basic skills and social justice content with relevant general education knowledge across both campuses. She generates program-level learning outcomes, processes for outcomes assessment as well as course materials (including comprehensive lesson plans, writing assignments, rubrics, examinations, the course reader, etc.) and teaches courses in the Academies.
Savita also leads a robust Metro Academies faculty learning community, comprised of 60+ faculty members in eight disciplines across two campuses. She facilitates monthly meetings with instructors from SF State and CCSF, serves as a coach in instructional methods, conducts classroom observations and provides feedback and assistance to faculty. She has also built long-term relationships with other entities providing faculty development, on both campuses and at other institutions of higher education in the Bay Area.
Her prior work experience includes teaching of middle school math, science, reading and health for five years in urban, low-income schools in North Long Beach and South San Francisco, with large numbers of learners for whom English is a second language. For two of those five years, she chaired the sixth grade math and science departments.
Savita received her Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley. She holds a Master’s in Public Health and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from SF State.