Saavik Ford teaches astronomy at BMCC and mentors student researchers in projects analyzing Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), or black holes expanding in the center of a galaxy. Under her guidance, the students learn research protocols and plot new data relating to active galaxies that are bright enough to have their spectra measured by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope in New Mexico.
Professor Ford also serves as a research associate in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. She is a member of the doctoral faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center, a member of CUNY Astro and an invited member of the James Webb Space Telescope, Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectograph-Aperture Masking Interferometry (JWST NIRISS-AMI) Working Group. Former roles include having served as a Kavli Scholar at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.