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.


Joseph Gamaldi, MA

Faculty Mentor, Business

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Criminal justice, homeland security, sociology, political science, labor relations

Joseph Gamaldi was born and raised on Long Island, New York. He attended the University of Hartford for his undergraduate work, majoring in criminal justice, with minors in sociology and political science. Following graduation, he was hired as a police officer with the NYPD, where he worked for three years as a patrol officer. Gamaldi then transferred to the Houston Police Department, working as a patrol officer, field trainer, and field performance evaluator, for the past six years. While working, for both the NYPD and HPD, Gamaldi completed his master's degree in homeland security management from Long Island University.

Gamaldi continues to work for the Houston Police Department, but after having been elected as the Second Vice President of the Houston Police Officers' Union, he now performs the duties of that position on a full-time basis.

Educational Background

MA, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, BA, University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticu

Courses Taught
  • LE 86550 - Police Administrative Policy Operations
  • LGL 2101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • LGL 2118 - Organized Crime
  • LGL 2215 - White Collar Crime
  • LGL 2221 - Criminal Investigation Procedures
  • LGL 2412 - Drugs and Substance Abuse
  • LGL 2525 - Administrative Office Procedures in Criminal Justice


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