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.


Mike Ewald, PhD

Faculty Mentor, Business

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Business administration, public administration, technology and engineering management, alternative energy solutions, agriculture and agri-business, training, doctoral and master's degree research.

Dr. Michael (Mike) Ewald’s graduate areas of study are in engineering management, business, administrative science, and public administration. In his career, he has been a Fortune 100 executive, business professor, and Associate Dean at two universities. As an Associate Dean, he was responsible for managing all academic subjects in the Liberal Arts College of each university.  In addition, he has post-secondary certifications in agriculture and agriculture services. 

While earning his first degree, he worked as a police officer and was eventually a sergeant. He received three commendations for bravery and honorable service. Through the years, he has been a sworn deputy sheriff working mainly in training. While working as an executive he developed two lighting module inventions that received U.S. patents.

He works on Doctoral Projects in the areas of small business, business, non-profit business, public administration, international business, law enforcement, human resources, and ethics in business. He has served on approximately 70 successful dissertation and doctoral studies and enjoys being a committee member as well as the chair of a committee.  When he is working as a chair, he encourages weekly contacts and/or communication as needed, especially at the start of the doctoral project.


Educational Background

PhD Administrative Science, Empresarial University of Costa Rica; Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies - Business, Northcentral University, Arizona; MBA Technology/Engineering Management, City University, Washington; BS Sociology, University of Iowa.

Courses Taught
  • ACT 87515 - Financial Statement Analysis
  • ECO 86501 - Economics for Organizational Management
  • ECO 87501 - Managerial Economics
  • IB 87516 - Global Business Strategic Management
  • IB 87517 - International Business Law
  • IB 87518 - International Financial Management
  • LE 86590 - Administration of Police Executive Systems
  • MGT 7997 - Doctoral Project I
  • MGT 7998 - Doctoral Project II
  • MGT 7999 - Doctoral Project III
  • MGT 86506 - Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 86510 - Statistical Analysis
  • MGT 86512 - Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
  • MGT 87520 - Business Research Methods
  • MGT 87540 - Quantitative Research Methods
  • MIS 86510 - Applied Data Analysis