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.


Linda Fischer, EdD

Faculty Mentor, School of Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Completion rates for doctoral students, prevention of sexual assault on college campuses and in the military

Dr. Linda A. Fischer served in the United States Army for twenty plus years and retired as a Major in 2003. While an Army Captain, she earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. She has completed numerous military schools including: the Military Police Basic and Advanced Course, Airborne School, Combat Arms Service Staff School and the Command and General Staff Officer Course. Linda completed her Doctorate in Education at the University of Southern California in December 2005. She is the author of “Ultimate Power Enemy Within the Ranks”. Linda is a public speaker, specializing in the prevention of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Dr. Fischer lived in Hawaii for ten years and was selected as a Pacific Century Fellow, Class 2003. She served on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Drug-Free Hawaii and participated in the 1999 YWCA Capital Campaign Community Division.

Following retirement, Dr. Fischer served as a member of the Steering Committee for the Williamson County Court Watch (WCCW). WCCW is a citizens’ organization that monitors judicial practices and courthouse procedures related to domestic violence.

In 2013, Dr. Fischer was recognized with the Remarkable Women Award by USC. In the Los Angeles community Linda serves on the Board of Directors for the East Los Angeles Women’s Center which provides bilingual and bicultural services to women and families affected by sexual, domestic, interpersonal violence and HIV/Aids. In 2015 Linda was recognized by the ELAWC with the Inspirational Woman Award.

Educational Background
EdD, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California; MEd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma; BA, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas