Wagle, Ashwini R

Wagle, Ashwini

Professor and Department Chairperson 
Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging


Preferred: ashwini.wagle@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-3100

Alternate: 408-924-3100


  • Doctorate in Education (Ed.D), Specialization Educational Leadership, University of New England
  • Master of Science, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Licenses and Certificates

  • Registered Dietitian
  • Certificate of Training in Adult and Pediatric Obesity 2022-2027


Ashwini Wagle, Ed.D, MS, RD is a Professor and the Chairperson in the Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging at San Jose State University (SJSU). Ashwini Wagle earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D) at the University of New England. She comes to San Jose State University with over ten years of experience as a registered dietitian (RD) in several skilled nursing facilities and acute care hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ashwini Wagle is also involved with several on-campus and off-campus organizations and serves on the committees for organizations such as the South Asian Heart Center (SAHC) at El Camino Hospital, Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP), Rise for Hunger, and the Education Council of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her basic areas of interest and research are food and culture, traditional health beliefs, practices, and food behaviors of multiple ethnic populations especially South Asians, food insecurity and hunger, and foodservice systems. She has published several articles in peer reviewed scientific research journals and has over fifty abstracts published and presented at national, state and local conferences.  She is the author of the "Carbohydrate Counting for South Asians" nutrition education tool which has been widely used by hospitals in the United States, UK, Canada, Australia, and Hong Kong.

Ashwini Wagle received the "Excellence in Education" award from the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for 2016-2017.  She has received the Outstanding Faculty award by the Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging Student Club for seven years for her work with students. Teaching is a very demanding and challenging profession, but the rewards of success cannot be measured. Ashwini Wagle has devoted the last 18 years of her professional life to SJSU because she believes and supports the mission of this university.

In her personal time, Ashwini Wagle loves to cook, travel and is an avid hiker and runner.  She has participated in over 100 races including half-marathons, triathlons and relays, and plans to continue hiking in different parts of the world.