Spotlight on New Faculty—a Q&A with Assistant Dean Chadwin Sandifer

Interview by Jenny Connell; photo by W. Scott Giglio

FDU welcomes Chadwin Sandifer as the assistant dean of student affairs & community engagement for the new School of Pharmacy. Sandifer joins the School of Pharmacy in its infancy and has been instrumental in getting it started. Sandifer has vast experience in student affairs and is using his experience to help the pharmacy school’s first class of students.

FDU: Tell us about your new position…

CS: I serve as the assistant dean of student affairs & community engagement for FDU’s School of Pharmacy. I’m responsible for executing a comprehensive plan for student affairs in the areas of academic and co-curricular programming and academic enrichment services. Also, I’m involved with admissions, strategic planning, assessment, and policy creation.

FDU: What classes are you teaching?

CS: I’m currently teaching “Medical Communications & Technical Writing” for the School of Pharmacy, and a first-year seminar class for the Freshman Intensive Studies program. In the spring, I am looking forward to teaching in the new Master of Student Services Administration program.

FDU: What sparked your passion in this field?

CS: I always knew I wanted to work in education. As an undergraduate student at University of Central Arkansas I had a great experience that challenged and supported me. And once I started working at FDU I knew that I had found a community in which I could impact and be passionate about my work.

FDU: What is something that you would like to contribute to FDU?

CS: I look forward to graduating the inaugural School of Pharmacy class of 2016. 

FDU: What do you want your students to walk away with from your class?

CS: I want students to leave my class inspired by the content and their abilities to think and act differently.  

FDU: What is something that most people wouldn’t know about you?

CS: I was an international exchange student my senior year of high school. I studied in Australia for 10 months before beginning my undergraduate studies. 

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