Office of Faculty Development and Assessment

Office of Faculty Development and Assessment

Director Biography

Tina L. Kandakai, PhD

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is committed to investing time and attention toward enhancing the teaching and learning experiences of its faculty and students.  Beginning in March, 2016, Dr. Tina L. Kandakai joined the institution and began the process of building a centralized unit to promote and strengthen the culture of teaching, learning, and assessment.  Dr. Kandakai has a history of building sustainable curricular-based institutional support infrastructures. Prior to joining CDU, she served as the founding director of the Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement at Kent State University whereby she led efforts toward becoming the first public institution in the State of Ohio to require experiential learning for all undergraduate students.  In addition to serving in multiple administrative roles, Dr. Kandakai was a faculty member in health education and promotion at Kent State University, Cleveland State University, and Southeastern Louisiana University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), an organization committed to cultivating the “effective use of experiential education as an integral part of personal, professional, civic and global learning.” She has authored numerous publications and remains passionate about understanding the social-political dynamics of public health challenges in urban centers.