Dr. Layla Mascarenhas was awarded a gold medal at M.A. by Goa University in 1992. She then joined Rosary College of Commerce and Arts, Navelim as a full-time Lecturer in English. She decided to quit full-time employment and spent 19 years raising a family of four while working part-time as a Lecturer in English at undergraduate and post-graduate institutes in Goa. This included a decade-long stint of lecture-basis employment at V.M. Salgaocar College of Law, Miramar – Panjim. She is currently employed as full-time Assistant Professor of English at V.M.Salgaocar College of Law, Miramar – Panjim, Goa.
In 2011, she moved to BITS Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus to teach Western Music part-time while focusing on her doctoral research. She was awarded a Ph.D. in English in 2016 for her research work in Children’s Literature. At BITS Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus, she helped to create all the Western Music courses offered by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, and was later appointed full-time Visiting Faculty from 2013 to 2016 to teach Introduction to Western Music, Introductory Psychology, Technical Report Writing, and Creative Writing at the institute.
She has been involved with Distance Education in the capacity of Counsellor for the Indira Gandhi National Open University Study Centre at Panaji, from 2003-2006, and has conducted Introductory Psychology courses for two semesters for the BITS Pilani Dubai Campus via tele-presence classes in 2016.
Apart from official teaching appointments, she has also been self-employed as a Piano and Electronic Keyboard tutor for the past twenty-nine years and has successfully sent up several students for international exams conducted by Trinity College, London. In 1986, she had won the Pianoforte Exhibition Award for securing the highest marks in India and Pakistan at Grade 8, from Trinity College, London.
She has presented two papers at International Conferences and three papers at National Conferences, and has two book-chapter publications and two peer-reviewed Journal publications. She researches Children’s Literature and Animated films, and also researches teaching and learning strategies at Higher Education.