An ongoing series: Q&As with new full-time faculty members

Satish Singhal, computer science instructor

Q: Is this your first semester at EC?

A: This is my first semester at EC as full-time. I taught part-time from 2001 to 2009 and from 2009 until recently, I taught in Oklahoma City as a full-time professor.

Q: What made you want to come back to EC?

A: All of my friends are here and I was also a student here before I started teaching. More or less, I knew the best kept secret about EC. The computer science program is one of the best in California and possibly the whole country.

Q: What is your goal when it comes to teaching?

I try to pass on that grades are just one step, that the final step is to get into a profession, get a good job and making a good living.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?

A: Our computer science program is small, but I think it’s one of the best in the college level. We don’t get a lot of publicity, but we do want students to come talk to us and if they’re interested, we will help them out.

Todd White, microbiology instructor

Q: What do you like the most about EC?

A: There is a lot of integrity amongst the faculty in terms of the level of education that they have, in terms of keeping a high level of education. As far as I know, EC is one of the most diverse campuses in California in terms of race. It is really nice to have a broad spectrum of students that occupy the classrooms.

Q: What is your focus when it comes to teaching?

A: It is important for people to take responsibility of their own education and learning how to teach themselves. I want my students to not be afraid to go out on their own and find information.

Q: What do you enjoy the most about teaching?

A: I like spending time with the students. Especially younger students because it keeps you young and you get to stay in touch with what’s happening with the world from their perspective. I like learning from them, too.