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.


Patricia Phillips, DSc

Faculty Mentor, Business

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Business issues in software development applications, best-in-class improvements for project management functions in corporations
Dr. Phillips has over 25 years of IT systems development and management experience. She has extensive knowledge of banking software applications including a variety of cash-management applications. She has broad experience on many different systems platforms such as mainframe, midrange and distributed environments. She has been exposed to all phases of system development including planning, design, construction, testing, implementation and support. She holds a Project Management Professional credential from the Project Management Institute. She also attained a certification as a Certified Treasury Professional from the Association of Financial Professionals. With her extensive industry experience, she understands first-hand what skills learners need to develop in order to succeed in the business world. She sees a great need for learners to gain knowledge of how to analyze problems, identify alternatives and ascertain ways to mitigate risks in order to accomplish a goal. She also sees the need for learners to become skilled at clearly articulating their ideas to others with varying levels of experience. She receives great satisfaction from helping others grow and achieve their goals through learning.
Educational Background

DSc Information Systems and Communications, Robert Morris University, Pennsylvania; MBA Business Administration and MS Management Information Systems, Duquesne University, Pennsylvania; BS Management Information Systems, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Courses Taught
  • BUS 7305 - Ethnography of Corporate Culture
  • BUS 87305 - Ethnography of Corporate Culture
  • MGT 7997 - Doctoral Project I
  • MGT 7998 - Doctoral Project II
  • MGT 7999 - Doctoral Project III
  • MGT 899B - Doctoral Dissertation