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.


Alan Byrne, MA

Faculty Mentor, Business

Areas of Interest and Expertise

General education, theatre arts


Alan Byrne is a native of New York, but has spent the past 40 years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His degrees in theatre arts are from State University College New York at New Paltz and the Pennsylvania State University. His background in the visual arts led him to a career as a scenic designer in college and community theatre. As an artist, he is a member of several professional arts organizations in Pittsburgh and has exhibited his art throughout the region. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and extensive theatre experience with CalSouthern students.

Educational Background

MA Theatre Arts, The Pennsylvania State University; BS Theatre Arts, State University College, New York.

Courses Taught
  • HU 1205 - Introduction to Theater