Frank Savina, M.A.T., Course Program Specialist, Mathematics, Higher Education

Frank Savina

Phone: 512.553.8022
Email: fsavina@austin.utexas.edu

Dana Center Role

Frank leads the design, development, and implementation of the STEM-Prep pathway for the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (formerly the New Mathways Project), an initiative to modernize entry-level college mathematics programs through working with states and colleges. He presents findings at national and regional conferences of professional mathematics organizations to inform the mathematics community about best practices in teaching developmental mathematics students. Frank collaborates with higher education faculty at two- and four-year campuses to inform revision of the Center’s higher education courses to better serve developmental mathematics students.

Before Joining the Dana Center

Frank has 20 years of teaching experience at the university and high school levels. In addition to serving for five years as a mathematics professor at El Paso Community College, he was an adjunct math faculty member and director of the Educational Talent Search Program at the University of Texas at El Paso. Most notably, Frank was the first Mathematics Department chair for the first early college in El Paso, where he was selected as Teacher of the Year. Mission Early College High School, a collaboration between Socorro Independent School District, El Paso Community College, and the University of Texas at El Paso, went on to become a National Blue Ribbon School during his tenure.

Education

M.A.T., Mathematics, University of Texas at El Paso

B.S., Mathematics, University of Texas at El Paso

Selected Presentations

Formative assessment in a new STEM-Prep pathway. Presented at MAA MathFest, Columbus, OH (August 2016).

An active STEM-Prep curriculum. Presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, Seattle, WA (January 2016).

Preparing for Calculus: Function as process and covariational reasoning. Presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, Seattle, WA (January 2016).

The New Mathways Project’s STEM-Prep pathway. Presented at the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges annual conference, New Orleans, LA (November 2015).

The New Mathways Project’s STEM-Prep curriculum: Learning outcomes and example lessons. Presented at MAA MathFest, Washington D.C. (August 2015).

The New Mathways Project’s STEM-Prep initiative: A reconceptualized pathway to Calculus. Presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Antonio, TX (January 2015).

Professional Memberships

American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges

Mathematical Association of America