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.


John Burchfield, MA

Faculty Mentor, Business

Areas of Interest and Expertise

General education, business administration


Since 2007, faculty mentor John Burchfield has taught in the online environment with the United States Coast Guard adult programs since 2007. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Columbia Southern University, an MBA from University of Phoenix and a second master’s in adult education from Trident University. He earned a graduate certificate in project management from Columbia Southern University and is currently pursuing a second graduate certificate in occupational safety and health.

Burchfield is a retired Army Sergeant First Class with over 22 years of honorable service. While serving in the Army from 1982-2005, he worked in the planning section for many units which gave him the experience needed to teach business. His full-time employment is with the United States Coast Guard as the Education Service Officer. His primary goal is to support students to achieve their academic goals, believing that the better you are in achieving your educational goals, the better off you will be later in life.

Educational Background

MA Education, Trident University International, California; MBA University of Phoenix, Arizona; BS Business Administration, Columbia Southern University, Alabama

Courses Taught
  • BUS 2110 - Business Ethics
  • BUS 2300 - Introduction to Business
  • BUS 2415 - Business Negotiation
  • LDR 2100 - Foundations of Leadership
  • MGT 2124 - Operations Management
  • MGT 2426 - Total Quality Management
  • SBM 2401 - Small Business Management