CalSouthern Faculty Mentors

CalSouthern’s faculty mentors are talented, highly credentialed educators who are also experienced practitioners in the subject areas in which they teach—and they use that practical experience to help learners apply the concepts they learn to current, real-world issues.

A common misconception about online learning is that it is impersonal, that learners are on their own. At CalSouthern, that could not be further from the truth. Faculty mentors get to know their students and provide one-on-one, personalized feedback on their assignments. They are also available by email, phone or Skype to answer their questions or provide any additional support or guidance they might need.

To learn more about CalSouthern’s faculty mentors, their professional and academic backgrounds and research areas of interest, please use the directory below.


Faryl Kandler , PhD

Faculty Mentor, School of Education

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Teacher Research; Inquiry and advocacy in teacher professional development; Identity, agency, and power in students literacy practices


Dr. Kander received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University, a M.Ed. with a concentration in Educational Leadership from the University of San Diego, and holds a B.A. degree in English from San Diego State University.

A professional interest in education began for Dr. Kander when she learned about the inequities that exist in our education system and wanted to work to find a solution. Prior to her work at the university level, Dr. Kander taught elementary school for five years, and was an Instructional Coach for three years in multicultural urban environments. She has taught undergraduate and graduate education courses on a wide range of topics, and her scholarly and creative activity includes inquiry and advocacy in teaching and learning, English Language Learners, and teacher research.

Dr. Kander enjoys hiking, yoga, and spending time with her family. A good book, great movie, and beautiful weather always bring her a lot of joy too!

Educational Background
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English — San Diego State University
Master of Education (MEd), concentration in Educational Leadership — University of San Diego
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Curriculum and Instruction — Arizona State University