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 Belt, DBA

Faculty Mentor, Business

Areas of Interest and Expertise
The future efficient application of fossil fuel reserves, the economic recovery of hydrocarbon deposits, the development of synergistic, dynamic teams utilizing the Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Dr. John Q. Belt, in addition to his role in the School of Business at California Southern University, is a visiting professor at the University del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is responsible for overseeing the various aspects of the doctoral dissertation process in its School of Psychology. Dr. Belt also is the past president of QuinLab Consulting, LLC, in Dallas, Texas, as well as a consultant for various E&P Companies. QuinLab’s paramount focus was two-fold. First, to develop geological models for natural gas prospects in Colorado and Kansas capable of producing 15 BCF of recoverable natural gas reserves, and to design crude oil exploration programs for independent clients in the West Texas region. Second, to provide geochemical analytical laboratory services for E&P clients throughout the United States utilizing various soil analysis techniques for hydrocarbon detection and quantification.

Prior to creating and operating QuinLab, Dr. Belt worked over 30 years with Atlantic-Richfield Company (ARCO Chemical Company) as a quality control laboratory manager; the Halliburton Company as a geochemical exploration laboratory manager; and GeoFrontiers Corporation vice president of geochemical exploration and laboratory services.

Dr. Belt is a current or past member or fellow of numerous professional organizations and holds several professional certifications. He has presented technical papers at numerous professional conferences and conventions, and has published articles in several professional journals. Dr. Belt received the A. L. “Al” Cox Award for the Best Poster Presentation at a regional conference of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and his company has been featured on the cover of Oil & Gas Journal.

Educational Background

DBA, California Pacific University, Escondido, California; MBA Project Management and MBA Finance, Aspen University, Colorado; MBA International Business, Dallas Baptist University, Texas; MA Professional Development and MS Human Relations and Business, Amberton University, Texas; MS Physical Science, University of Houston, Texas; BS Geology, Lamar University ,Texas; AA Science, Lee College, Texas

Courses Taught
  • CAP 2400 - Capstone Project
  • MATH 1305 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
  • NS 1103 - Introduction to Geology
  • NS 1107 - Environmental Science
  • NS 1203 - Physical Geography
  • NS 1205 - Introduction to Oceanography