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.


Donna Dimatteo-Gibson, PhD

Faculty Mentor, Business

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Psychology and the workplace, project management, organizational psychology, emotional intelligence, leadership, coaching, distance education
Dr. Donna DiMatteo-Gibson is a management consultant who works with organizations to improve organizational effectiveness and e-learning, and also assists in change efforts. As a management consultant, trainer and educator, she brings a balanced perspective to understanding the complexities of organizational effectiveness and e-learning through research and practice. She also is an online professor who facilitates classes at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. DiMatteo-Gibson also develops online course content, serves on doctoral research committees and mentors students. Finally, she develops and conducts training for online faculty that teach in different disciplines. She presents regularly at conferences across the country, including SIOP, Sloan-C, E-Learn and SITE.
Educational Background

PhD, MS Psychology, MS Industrial-Organizational Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, California; BA, University of San Diego, San Diego, California

Courses Taught
  • HRM 2103 - Staffing Organizations
  • HRM 2107 - Supervisory Management
  • HRM 2405 - Compensation Management
  • HRM 2406 - Employee Training and Development
  • HRM 87505 - Effective Training and e-Learning
  • MGT 86500 - Business Organization and Management
  • PM 86900 - Project Management Concepts and Essentials
  • PM 86901 - Project Management Strategic Design