Dr. Shirin Maskatia was hired as a full-time member of the English Department in August 1989 and retired in May 2010, after 21 years of dedicated service. Upon retirement, she was granted Emeritus status.
Shirin was a highly respected and kind teacher, inspiring students in class and those who flocked to her office for additional help. She mentored students in the Muslim Student Association and supported them in a wide range of activities, including educational debates, presentations and social functions that furthered multi-cultural understanding on campus.
Shirin demonstrated a commitment to innovation and life-long learning, including working in Basic Skills during a sabbatical leave and as a pioneer of Learning Communities at Ohlone. She served her colleagues and the College community with distinction as the developmental writing coordinator on the Basic Skills committee and was instrumental in bringing the Supplemental Instruction peer-tutoring program to Ohlone.
Shirin was an advocate for students of all levels, helping thousands achieve their educational goals and teaching them to strive for excellence.