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.


Maria Schellhase, DBA

Faculty Mentor, School of Business

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Business operations, human resource management, analytics, research (qualitative and quantitative), marketing, communications, strategic planning, leadership, customer relationship management, organizational behavior and structure, negotiation, motivation

Dr. Maria Schellhase understands the challenges that can keep students from obtaining their degrees and has taught at the collegiate level for almost a decade. She is a Certified Peer Reviewer for Quality Matters and received the 2015 Outstanding Blended Course Award from the Instructional Technology Council (ITC). In 2015, Dr. Schellhase received the Accreditation Council for Business School Program’s Best of the Regions Presentation Award (Region 7) and in 2006, the Las Vegas Review Journal named her as one of its "Rising New Stars of Business.”

In addition to her experience as an educator, Dr. Schellhase spent more than 15 years working as an investment advisor, portfolio analyst, training manager and vice president of client relations for leading organizations such as Merrill Lynch, SunTrust Bank, Goldwater Capital, CMC Financial Services and Continental Airlines. She also worked for Station Casinos as the corporate director of central reservations and national sales manager.

Dr. Schellhase is a scuba diver and enjoys spending time off with her two dogs, Lucius and Blossom.

Educational Background
DBA, MBA, BA University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona; BS, San Diego State University, San Diego, California