Future Faculty Spotlights

Future Faculty Spotlights introduce the region to potential future faculty that are looking to gain experience that may lead to a job working at a regional college. If this individual matches your own experiences or interests in some way, please reach out to them.
Potential ways to support include offering to do an informational interviewing, having them observe your class, offer them an opportunity to guest lecture, or share job postings with them. Thanks for your support!

Kankana Ghoshal, PhD

Contact: konkana2003@gmail.com
PhD: Department of Plant Science, University of British Columbia, Canada
Postdoctoral Training: Molecular & Computational Biology, University of Southern California
Disciplinary Expertise:
Plant Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Virology, Yeast Genetics and genomics.

Learn More about Kankana!

What motivates you to pursue a career in teaching at the community college level?
I feel inspired by successfully sharing my knowledge with students to help them develop excitement and passion for science. Watching a student’s progress to learn new things and become an independent thinker highly motivates me. Furthermore, my motivation is strengthened by getting enrolled in several CIRTL [Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning] courses, reading articles on educational research, and through my involvement in teaching and learning community at UCLA.
When did you first become interested in teaching?
I have always been interested in teaching. I enjoyed tutoring from my high school days. However, the self-realization for my passion towards teaching came during mentoring of undergraduate students in my post-doctoral lab.
What courses would you like to teach?
I would like to teach the following courses: Biology, Plant Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, and basic Bioinformatics.
Tell us about your research and how you will apply this knowledge in the Community College classroom. 
My experience has helped me to gain expertise in fundamental concepts of biology, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. I want to guide my students in an active learning environment to master these concepts and skills which are essential for a student’s successful career in and beyond science. During my Ph.D. and postdoctoral training, I had the opportunity to work with people from different countries which made me realize how diversity can facilitate learning and thoughts. Therefore, I would like to leverage the diversity within a community college for enhancing the learning experience of a student by creating an inclusive, enthusiastic, comfortable and respectful classroom learning environment.
What are some of your hobbies?
Yoga and Indian Classical Dance.

Kaitlin (Kaitie) Ingraham Dixie

Contact: katie.i.dixie@gmail.com
Undergraduate: B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Boston University
Graduate school: Ph.D. Candidate in Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology, University of California Los Angeles

Learn More about Kaitie

Your disciplinary expertise:
Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology, Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology, Physiology, Biochemistry
When did you first become interested in teaching?
Even in high school I knew I wanted teaching to be part of my career, but I truly fell in love with it during my first quarter teaching intro bio as a teaching assistant.
What motivates you to pursue a career in teaching at the community college level?
The chance to share the wonder of science with a diverse and motivated body of students and the culture of placing emphasis and value on teaching and learning.
What courses would you like to teach?
Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Intro Biology, Physiology, Neurobiology
Tell us about your research and how you will apply this knowledge in the Community College classroom.
I had the pleasure of mentoring several students and gained valuable insight on how to be creative and patient in the ways I explain complex topics to inexperienced novices. I was also introduced to science education research at UCLA and did a small “teaching as research” project on methods to train graduate student teaching assistants. Through this and other professional development opportunities I gained new perspectives and tools on how to improve my teaching through deliberate assessment and am excited to apply them in my future career!