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.


Brett Gordon, PhD

Faculty Mentor, Business

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Leadership psychology, employee empowerment, values-based customer service, conflict resolution

Dr. Gordon served as the dean of academic affairs for South Florida University until he stepped down in mid-2008 to spend more time with his family. Prior to this, he was the dean of the graduate the school for the Ft. Lauderdale campus of a national university. He originally became interested in online education after observing the flexibility it offered to both students and faculty. After teaching online since 2002, he took his first online course in 2006 to experience it from the “other side.” Prior to entering academia, he served for 11 years in the pharmaceutical industry in the areas of sales, marketing, and corporate training and development.

He is currently working with colleagues on a variety of research areas, using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. He has written several peer-reviewed articles in various management and organizational behavior journals, and he has served as a consultant regarding these areas of interest to both public and private entities.

His personal interests revolve around traveling to Europe with his son and spending time researching his Scottish ancestry. He also flies with the U.S. Air Force AUX as an observer pilot (navigator and radio operator), and works diligently as an officer for his local Masonic lodge.

Educational Background

PhD Organization and Management, Capella University, Minnesota; MBA Nova Southeastern University, Florida; MPM Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University, Illinois; BS Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence

Courses Taught
  • BUS 87305 - Ethnography of Corporate Culture
  • HRM 86503 - Human Resources Management
  • HRM 87503 - Labor Relations
  • HRM 87504 - Supervisory Concepts and Practices
  • IB 87516 - Global Business Strategic Management
  • MGT 86500 - Business Organization and Management
  • MGT 86519 - Ethics in Business
  • MGT 87500 - Organizational Development and Design
  • MGT 87515 - Information, Organization and Strategy
  • MGT 87525 - Leadership, Ethics and Corporate Governance
  • PM 86900 - Project Management Concepts and Essentials
  • PM 86901 - Project Management Strategic Design