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.


James Bowling, PhD

Faculty Mentor, Business

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Quadratic Jordan algebras, undergraduate statistics pedagogy, the use of metrics in sport, discrete mathematics

Dr. Jim Bowling graduated from Oglethorpe University after thoroughly enjoying his four years as an undergraduate at the small, liberal arts college. His experiences with his professors inspired him to pursue his PhD in mathematics and become a professor himself. Since receiving his PhD in 2002, Dr. Bowling has taught mathematics at the undergraduate level in both traditional and online settings.

He enjoys working with students at all levels of understanding and his efforts in the physical and online classrooms have resulted in him receiving two separate teaching awards. He also has designed an online math course in real analysis and has consulted on the re-design of several other online math courses. Dr. Bowling enjoys many other activities besides teaching and thinking about mathematics. These include playing and watching basketball, watching movies of all types, and reading non-fiction and comic books. It should be mentioned, though, that far and away, Dr. Bowling's favorite pastime is hanging out with his wife and their four sons.

Educational Background

PhD, mathematics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; MA, mathematics, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC; BS, mathematics, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA

Courses Taught
  • MATH 1200 - Algebra
  • MATH 1215 - Calculus