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.


Mark Lawler, MS

Faculty Mentor, General Education

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Quaternary paleontology, late Pleistocene extinctions, the evolution, morphology and allometry of bovids
Mark Lawler completed his masters in Quaternary Sciences at Northern Arizona University. He has done a wide range of field work on the topic throughout the American West. Lawler has taught at the collegiate level for almost 15 years, predominantly in the natural sciences. Additionally, he is the co-author of a book on online teaching practices, intended to guide experienced educators looking to transition from the classroom to the online environment. He is an avid hiker and outdoorsman, and spends much of his time in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.
Educational Background

MS, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona; BA Anthropology, State University College, Oneonta, NY

Courses Taught
  • NS 1103 - Introduction to Geology
  • NS 1107 - Environmental Science
  • NS 1203 - Physical Geography
  • NS 1205 - Introduction to Oceanography