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. Ewald has spent his career on the cutting edge of education with a continuous focus on how to blend innovation and education for the benefit of global learners. During his career, Dr. Ewald has been able to blend innovation, technology, and cutting-edge teaching techniques to synergistically provide education to learners through consortia with other institutions.

In early assignments, Dr. Ewald wrote grants to bring alternative fuel information and computers in rural areas of Iowa to teach metric systems to night learners. For most learners, these classes were the first ones where traditional lecturing was replaced with hands-on, computer-assisted instruction. Once the grants were over, the computers remained for many years in classrooms providing learners with their first hands-on computer experience.

For approximately 12 years, Dr. Ewald worked in industry but remained focused on North American education. Dr. Ewald worked on the development of performance contracting. Many schools, universities, and colleges had significant educational infrastructure needs, but no money. By using performance contracting, energy savings on lighting, heating, and air conditioning could be used to purchase more teachers, better classroom environments, and instructional equipment.

In the last few years, Dr. Ewald has returned full-time to education with a focus on direct assessment of education outcomes. In collaboration with a colleague, he has developed a "world class" program to assess inbound education strengths and outbound educational results. These programs now provide solid data with regard to the effectiveness of teaching in a particular subject area or for an entire degree program.

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


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