Kandy Mink Salas, PhD


Associate Provost for Student Success, Adjunct Professor, Department of Higher Education; Program Director, EdD in Higher Education Leadership

Kandy Mink Salas, PhD, focuses her research on two areas: the undocumented and DACAmented student experience, and the encouragers and barriers to college student women leaders from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Prior to her time as a faculty member, she spent 28 years as a student affairs professional at the University of San Diego and at California State University, Fullerton, where she most recently served as dean of students and associate vice president for student affairs.


  • PhD, Higher Education and Student Affairs, Claremont Graduate University
  • MS, Counseling and Human Development, Minnesota State University
  • BA, English and Women’s Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

Courses Taught

  • HEDL 720 Campus Ecology and Creating Spaces for Thriving
  • HEDL 744 Administration in Higher Education
  • HEDL 745 Leading Change in Higher Education
  • HEDL 785 Dissertation Proposal
  • HEDL 787 Dissertation Seminar
  • HEDL 789 Dissertation Research II