EdD, MEd, University of Massachusetts
BA, Northwestern University
Professor, Sustainable Development
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management
Marla J. Solomon came to SIT in 1992, and is a professor at the SIT Graduate Institute. She has also served as dean and associate dean. She currently teaches courses in practitioner inquiry, program monitoring and evaluation, leadership and organizations, gender, adult literacy, and development.
Marla provides consultant services in training and institutional capacity-building, research design, and the evaluation of development and other social programs, with a particular focus on evaluation for learning and enhancing program impact. Her clients have included World Education, BRAC, the Ford Foundation’s International Fellows Program Leadership for Social Justice Institute, Trace Foundation, the National Literacy Program of Cape Verde, IC-Net Japan, the Peace Corps, and Planned Parenthood. She has field experience in Mali, Niger, Côte d’Ivoire, Cape Verde, Malawi, Bangladesh, Japan, and the United States.
Marla holds a doctorate in non-formal education and development from the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her current research is a multicultural study of women leaders for social justice, for which she was granted a fellowship at the Five Colleges Women’s Studies Research Center at Mount Holyoke College. Her dissertation research was a study of the national women’s organization of the Republic of Cape Verde. Marla’s publications include Leadership for Social Justice Capacity-Building Resource Manual (SIT and Ford Foundation, 2007), “Knowledge to action: Evaluation for learning in a multi-organizational global partnership” in Development and the Learning Organisation (Oxfam Great Britain, 2003), and How Teachers Change: A Study of Professional Development in Adult Education (National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, 2003). She is fluent in French, Portuguese, and Cape Verdean Kriolu.