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.


Bruce Gillies, PsyD

Faculty Mentor, Business

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Leadership, including its application in sports, military and organizational settings

Dr. Bruce Gillies is a 22-year Navy veteran. He served onboard aircraft carriers as an aircraft servicer, in the personnel office of several ships and shore stations, worked as a gas turbine engineer on destroyers, and as a career counselor for several command both large and small. Retiring as Master Chief Petty Officer, Dr. Gillies went on to serve in the Department of the Navy as a Senior Transition Program Specialist at the Navy Personnel Command in Memphis, Tennessee. He also had the opportunity to serve as an adjunct faculty member for a small college in Memphis. After teaching a few courses, he was offered a full-time faculty position and has been a professor for the past 11 years.

Dr. Gillies has developed many online classes in business, psychology, and areas that combine both such as Behavior in Organizations, Organizational Leadership, Motivation and Compensation. Additionally, he has taught classes in both online and traditional classroom settings since 1995.

He is a member of the National Career Development Association and the International Leadership Association.

Educational Background

PsyD, Alliant International University, San Diego, California; MS- Industrial/Organizational Psychology, United States University, San Diego, CA; MA- Psychology, United States International University, San Diego, CA; BS- Sociology, University of the State of New York, Albany, NY

Courses Taught
  • LDR 2480 - Leadership Group Dynamics
  • MGT 87525 - Leadership, Ethics and Corporate Governance