Dr. Reena Tandon, PhD
Dr. Tandon brings multidisciplinary training and a diverse international teaching and professional experience to her current position. Since 2010, Dr. Reena Tandon has led the Community Engaged Learning & Teaching (CELT) initiative, which has played a key role in evolving the Faculty of Arts as a leader in providing impactful, curricular experiential learning in the social sciences and humanities at the post-secondary level.
In her role, Dr. Tandon develops innovative, academically-embedded and socially/civically-engaged experiential initiatives to facilitate students’ critical understanding and application of theoretical concepts in real-life contexts. She collaborates with, supports and provides capacity building to faculty members, departments, partners, staff and students, integrating rigorous and innovative pedagogical approaches, course and curriculum design, reflection and evaluation to enhance the educational experience and student learning outcomes. Dr. Tandon has also focused on developing a range of diverse partnerships that underpin these efforts, and have enabled the CELT program to expand the disciplinary horizons and networks for undergraduate and graduate education in the Faculty of Arts.
Dr. Tandon has served on university-wide committees and has been the lead team member and a facilitator at the Jack Layton School of Youth Leadership. She is a member of the Yates School of graduate studies and is affiliated with the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement at Ryerson. In 2014, Dr. Tandon was selected as the DiverseCity Fellow by Civic Action, Toronto. She serves on the National Steering Committee of the Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning. Dr. Tandon has served on the governance boards of Sherbourne Health Centre, South Asian Women’s Centre and the Mission Committee of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Dr. Tandon taught across universities in New Delhi and Toronto including at the University of Toronto and Toronto Metropolitan University. She has worked in the capacity of Program Director in the community sector in Toronto and has worked as a consultant to organizations such as the UNFPA and the World Bank. Dr. Tandon is co-author of the book, Immigration and Women: Understanding the American Experience - Finding Agency, Negotiating Resistance and Bridging Cultures.
Dr. Tandon was a Mellon PostDoctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA, and held a CIHR PostDoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Research in Inner City Health, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada. She received her Ph.D in Social Work and Social Policy from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, after completing her undergraduate and graduate education at Delhi University, India.