New professor completes dramatic and memorable first year at Sheridan
By Shivyoshita Sood
A professor of accounting, Kamala first learned of Sheridan when he was the head of the management accounting department and acting head-of-school at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa.
“I made it a mission to seek career opportunities at Sheridan,” says Kamala.
Dr. Peter Kamala joined Sheridan’s Pilon School of Business in November, 2019. His first year with PSB has been memorable, to say the least.
Initially, Sheridan’s world-class animation program piqued his interest, after which he researched the college’s accounting programs. He was immediately impressed by the curriculum offered at Pilon, as well as the state-of-the-art infrastructure of the campuses.
Kamala had only been teaching at Sheridan for a few months when the COVID-19 pandemic struck last spring. Fortunately, the shift to virtual learning has been very smooth and exceeded his expectations.
“The past year has been the most dramatic year of my academic life,” he says.
Kamala especially enjoys the professional autonomy and academic freedom at Sheridan.
“[I] experiment with different teaching approaches that are meant to improve students’ experience,” he says.
Kamala has decided to undertake a research project on the student experience of online teaching tools such as Slate’s Bongo Virtual Classroom. He also looks forward to sharing his experience with his colleagues as a newly assigned subject matter expert.
Kamala says he appreciates Sheridan’s strong collegial culture and believes he is more flexible and resilient owing to the many challenges that the year brought with it. The friendliness of Canadians and their eagerness to help have made Kamala feel welcomed and adapt to change quickly. Support from his colleagues has made his first year at Sheridan a memorable one.
Shivyoshita Sood is a student in the post-graduate Public Relations — Corporate Communications certificate program at Sheridan.