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Frank SavinaPhone: 512.553.8022

Dana Center Role

Frank leads the design, development, and implementation of the pathway to Calculus for the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways, a transformative redesign to modernize entry-level college mathematics programs through working with states, systems, universities, and colleges. He presents findings at national and regional conferences of professional mathematics organizations to inform the mathematics community about best practices in teaching gateway mathematics students. Frank also collaborates with higher education faculty at two- and four-year institutions to inform revision of several of the Center’s higher education gateway and developmental math courses to better serve mathematics students.

Before Joining the Dana Center

Frank has more than 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.


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

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

Relevant Committees

Mathematical Association of America (MAA) subcommittee—Curriculum Renewal Across the First Two Years (CRAFTY): Collaborated with fellow committee members in monitoring ongoing developments with the intention of making general recommendations concerning the first two years of collegiate mathematics (2018).

National Science Foundation, Advisory Board: Advised the principal investigators of the Transitioning Learners to Calculus in Community Colleges: Advancing Strategies for Success in STEM project funded by the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education (2017).

Selected Publications

Boersma, S., & Savina, F. (2019). Reenvisioning the pathway to Calculus: Supporting all students. In R. Hartzler & R. Blair (Eds.), Emerging issues in mathematics pathways: Case studies, scans of the field, and recommendations. Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

Selected Presentations

Meeting students where they are: Successful co-requisite course design. Presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, Baltimore, MD (January 2019).

Co-requisite courses: The right math at the right time. Presented at MAA MathFest, Denver, CO (August 2018).

Mathematical modeling for STEM-intending students. Presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Diego, CA (January 2018).

The right math for the right student at the right time: Facilitating multidisciplinary discussions. Presented at the MAA MathFest, Chicago, Il (August 2017).

Modernizing the pathway to calculus: Lessons learned at Palomar College. Presented at the MAA MathFest, Chicago, Il (August 2017).

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

Professional Memberships

American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges

Mathematical Association of America