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.