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.


Michael Schwartz, MA

Faculty Mentor, General Education

Areas of Interest and Expertise
General education, technical writing, business communications

Michael Schwartz received a MA in Professional Writing and a BS in Technical Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He began his education studying chemical engineering and biomedicine but then decided that he enjoyed writing about science and technology far more than working in a lab environment. In addition to his background in engineering, Michael completed concentrations in both desktop publishing and gender studies.

As a technical and professional writer, Michael has written hundreds of press releases, process memos, operations guides, proposals, statements of work, and other technical documents for a variety of customers in a variety of industries. Michael is also a former tutor of computing skills, including basic computing and the Internet. Outside of work, Michael enjoys spending time with his pets, listening to music, and watching movies.

Educational Background

MA Professional Writing and BS Technical Writing, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania

Courses Taught
  • BUS 2405 - Career Management and Personal Marketing
  • BUS 2414 - Business Communications
  • ENG 1101 - English Composition I
  • ENG 1102 - English Composition II
  • ENG 1200 - American Literature
  • ENG 14 - Undergraduate Academic Writing Skills
  • ENG 1406 - Professional & Technical Writing
  • ENG 60 - Graduate Academic Writing & Research Skills
  • LDR 2125 - Leadership Communication
  • LDR 2490 - Nonverbal Communications in Leadership