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 Shaw, PhD

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Adolescentcide, gang-oriented traumatic stress disorder, symptomatically compromised academic language proficiency

Accomplishments: Author of the book Jack and Jill, Why They Kill, hailed on CNN as the smart answer for today's troubled times, and used in colleges and universities nationwide. Author of the novel, Girl Sinner, Lady Saint: A Diva Redeemed, premiered at Book Expo America, New York City. Contributing writer to SAGE Publications June 2012 Encyclopedia of Community Corrections. Narrator, on the topic of Bullying, for Films Media Group/Meridian Education Corporation. Trainer for the United States Courts Public Defender Training Branch. Regular presenter at professional conferences on School Safety; Juvenile Violence; and Child Abuse Mandated Reporting. Frequent guest on Good Morning America; NBC Today Show; MSNBC Live; CBS Eyewitness News; O'Reilly Factor; and some 250 radio stations. The California State Legislature honored Dr. Shaw with its Certificate of Recognition for his research and writings on children and families.

Mentor Bio: Dr. Shaw is excited about graduate and professional education and mentoring for leadership. In his professional duties as a practicing member of the Panel of Experts of the Los Angeles Superior Court, he considers his role to be frequently that of an educator. He has served three tours of duty as a program producer/deliverer of both live and online Distance Learning education. First, as an educational television producer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education's satellite, ETN (Educational Television Network), he assisted in the live program broadcasts to the eighty-one public school districts in Los Angeles county. Second, as a Flex Net online instructor for the University of Phoenix; and third, as a Blended Instruction professor for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where, as a faculty member in the Forensic Psychology Department, he teaches Mental Health Law; Life Span Development; and Forensic Psychology.

He is an enthusiastic and emphatic believer that social and national phenomena provide mother lodes of treasure-rich information for researching, writing and publishing substantive and socially-relevant contributive works to America’s literature, whether self-help books or works in other genres all consistently acclaimed by the media. He offers his own best-selling book, Jack and Jill, Why They Kill, as an example of a self-help book (the subtitle is Saving Our Children, Saving Ourselves: A Parent’s Guide).

Educational Background

PhD Education, Claremont Graduate University, California; MS Education, University of Southern California; BA Music, California State College at Los Angeles

Courses Taught
  • PSY 86505 - Theories of Human Development and Functioning
  • PSY 88001 - Externship
  • PSY 88002 - Applied Concepts
  • PSY 89998A - Doctoral Project III
  • PSY 89998B - Doctoral Project IV
  • PSY 89999 - Doctoral Project V