Posted:February 26, 2018
Rahul Kane, Century College Biology faculty member, was recently selected as a Phi Theta Kappa National Faculty Scholar, one of thirty faculty chosen from around the country for the years 2018-19
He attended the Faculty Scholar Conference at the Phi Theta Kappa Center for Excellence in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was certified in the PTK Leadership Development Training Program. During the next two years, he will be teaching and certifying PTK Faculty Advisors and members with the organization's leadership curriculum.
Phi Theta Kappa is an international honors society for students at two-year colleges, focusing on academic excellence, leadership and service. "Phi Theta Kappa helps students reach their goals," says Kane. "PTK opens up a lot of new doors for its members, and that includes $37 million in scholarship opportunities, college transfer scholarships, professional skill building, networking and leadership development.
Kane believes in the transformative power of education. Originally from India, he cites his mother, a math and science teacher and painter, as his biggest inspiration. He strongly believes in creating equitable educational opportunities, and he understands where his students are coming from. "Community college students are looking to change their lives right away," notes Kane. "They want a better life for themselves and their families, and they know that a good education is the pathway. I'm helping them to move in the direction of their dreams."
Along with his teaching duties, Kane will be busy in the next few months. He'll be giving an educational forum talk on preparing for healthcare careers and about online teaching and learning at the PTK National Convention in Kansas. Additionally, he'll be speaking about Innovative Pedagogical Approaches in Online Science Education at the STEM track of the League for Innovation National conference in Washington, DC, and he'll be giving a talk on "developing rigorous online lab science courses at a fraction of cost to students" at the "E-ffordabily Summit at the University of Wisconsin, Stout.