Dedicated Faculty Mentors

School of Business Faculty

The faculty mentors in CalSouthern’s School of Business are experienced business professionals as well as dedicated, responsive and highly credentialed educators.

They will be there for you—via phone, email or Skype—to answer any questions you may have and to help you master the course material. And, equally important, they will help you take the concepts you learn and apply them to resolve challenges commonly faced in today’s increasingly complex and globalized business world, using the latest best practices.

CalSouthern’s faculty mentors are positive, encouraging and supportive—and entirely dedicated to your academic and professional success.


Maria Schellhase, DBA

Faculty Mentor, School of Business

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Business operations, human resource management, analytics, research (qualitative and quantitative), marketing, communications, strategic planning, leadership, customer relationship management, organizational behavior and structure, negotiation, motivation

Dr. Maria Schellhase understands the challenges that can keep students from obtaining their degrees and has taught at the collegiate level for almost a decade. She is a Certified Peer Reviewer for Quality Matters and received the 2015 Outstanding Blended Course Award from the Instructional Technology Council (ITC). In 2015, Dr. Schellhase received the Accreditation Council for Business School Program’s Best of the Regions Presentation Award (Region 7) and in 2006, the Las Vegas Review Journal named her as one of its "Rising New Stars of Business.”

In addition to her experience as an educator, Dr. Schellhase spent more than 15 years working as an investment advisor, portfolio analyst, training manager and vice president of client relations for leading organizations such as Merrill Lynch, SunTrust Bank, Goldwater Capital, CMC Financial Services and Continental Airlines. She also worked for Station Casinos as the corporate director of central reservations and national sales manager.

Dr. Schellhase is a scuba diver and enjoys spending time off with her two dogs, Lucius and Blossom.

Educational Background
DBA, MBA, BA University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona; BS, San Diego State University, San Diego, California


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