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.


Amanda Tate, MSW

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Adolescent counseling, cultural diversity, bio-psycho-social assessments, at-risk case management


Amanda Tate is a licensed social worker in the state of Texas. She graduated from San Diego State University with her bachelor’s in social work in 2009 and graduated from California State University – Bakersfield with her master’s in social work in 2012. Amanda is currently employed by a non-profit organization where she supervises school-based social workers in a drop-out prevention program.

Amanda has extensive experience working with children and families in a broad variety of settings, including primary and secondary schools, foster care agencies, hospitals, and geriatric centers. In her current role, she provides clinical supervision to licensed social workers working with high-risk students in the school setting. Her professional experience also includes program development and implementation of high school campus-wide intervention plans, as well as directing company-wide trainings covering program expectations and requirements.

Her passions include working with children and families from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and empowering them to be their own advocates and obtain the best quality of life. She also values contributing creative ideas and meaningful activities in support of a strong commitment to the improvement of society-at-large.

Her interests include traveling, photography, cooking, and being a new mom to her infant son.

Educational Background

MSW, California State University, Bakersfield, California; BSW, California State University, San Diego, California

Courses Taught
  • MFT 86510 - Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • MFT 86510.1 - Child Abuse Reporting
  • PSY 2300 - Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 2301 - Theories and Techniques of Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • PSY 2302 - Basic Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 2303 - Introduction to Human Development
  • PSY 2400 - Introduction to Social Psychology
  • PSY 2408 - Current Issues in Psychology and Health