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 Pugatch, JD

Faculty Mentor, Law

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Children and the law

Dr. Mark Pugatch has been a business and legal professional and educator for more than 40 years. He spent the first part of his working life amassing over 25 years of progressive private, public and not-for-profit sector financial and marketing managerial experience with companies such as TWA and Pepsi Cola. In the second portion of his career, he earned his JD and has 20 years’ experience practicing business and child advocacy law in Orange County, California.

Dr. Pugatch is an appointed board member and hearing officer of the Assessment Appeals for Orange County and serves on a number of boards and foundations. He also performs other county dispute resolution matters.

As an educator, he has taught for several colleges and universities in both business and law. His focus is on student success and helping students receive a return on their time and investment and to make a difference in their working and professional lives.

Educational Background

JD, Western State University, Fullerton, California; MBA, Organizational Management, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York; BS, Finance and Marketing, C.W. Post College, Greenvale, New York

Courses Taught
  • MGT 86512 - Managerial Accounting for Decision Making