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.


Penny Wilkins, DM

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Emotional intelligence, leadership, organizational behavior, organizational culture, change management, organizational stress, wellness programs, online education
Dr. Wilkins has been a manager in the business world for more than 20 years, serving most recently as a business manager and chief financial officer for a private non-profit. She is also the project manager of course and curriculum development for a publishing company. Along with working in the business environment, Dr. Wilkins has taught and developed online and on-ground courses in higher education since 1999. My areas of specialty have included communications, emotional intelligence, leadership, management, and organizational behavior . In the non-professional arena, I am a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, a wife of 20-plus years, and a mother of three boys. In addition, I am actively involved in physical fitness and yoga.
Educational Background

DM Leadership, University of Phoenix, Arizona; MS Education, California State University East Bay, California; MA Organizational Management and BA Management, University of Phoenix, Arizona; AA Liberal Studies, Chabot College,California.

Courses Taught
  • ENT 2106 - Family Business Management
  • HRM 86503 - Human Resources Management
  • LDR 2100 - Foundations of Leadership
  • LDR 2460 - Project Management Fundamentals and Leadership
  • MGT 7997 - Doctoral Project I
  • MGT 7998 - Doctoral Project II
  • MGT 7999 - Doctoral Project III
  • MGT 87525 - Leadership, Ethics and Corporate Governance
  • MGT 87545 - Managing, Organizing & Negotiating for Value