Welcome back to our "Who keeps PhD Balance running?" series! We're going to be introducing our team over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out! 👀
Next up is Raghav Sampangi, PhD.
Dr Raghav V. Sampangi (he/him) is a Senior Instructor at the Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Canada, and, Faculty Associate at the Dalhousie Centre for Learning and Teaching. He is an advocate for mental and emotional health and well-being and believes that it is important for us all to be compassionate in our teaching, policies and our actions.
His research interests lie primarily in aspects of compassion, engagement and accessibility in teaching and learning. He also has a background in usable security and privacy, and the Internet of Things (IoT) and works on projects related to applications of IoT for social good. He is a proponent of lifelong learning and considers every interaction the source of a life lesson. His interest in teaching stems from this belief, and from the belief that learning (and teaching) has to be beyond the bounds of a classroom and not merely motivated by academic grades. Teaching is also a great learning opportunity because this action helps us learn (and understand) a bit more about the topic and ourselves. Learn more about him on his website: raghavsampangi.com
What does he do for PhD Balance?
Raghav is part of our Speaking and IDEALs teams and brings a faculty perspective into what we do!
Why did he join PhD Balance?
In an increasingly isolating digital world, Raghav thinks communities are incredibly important to create a sense of togetherness and common humanity, both of which are necessary to feel as though we belong, as though we're included and valued, and to feel human. PhD Balance has been that community for him when he was at a low point in his life, and he would like to play my part to help support and spread the word of this community.