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.


Carolyn Washington, DNP

Faculty Mentor, School of Nursing

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Patient safety; evidence-based practice; simulation in nursing education; student success


Dr. Washington earned her Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in nursing education in 2007. She returned to Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California and earned her Doctor in Nursing Practice degree in 2014. As a nurse educator with expanding responsibilities in an increasing complex healthcare environment her educational background have afforded an opportunity for her to apply her knowledge, attitude, and skills in nursing practice and nursing education. According to Dr. Washington, however, challenging at times, “there is a realization that lifelong education is a mandate of the profession, a fact of professional life”.

As a nurse in acute healthcare care and out-patient settings for over 40 years, Dr. Washington brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role as a nurse educator. She is able to draw on her rich experience to facilitate learning for pre-licensure and practicing nurses. According to Dr. Washington, “students bring to learning environments many differing talents, learning styles and life experiences; therefore, welcomes and enjoys the richness diversity brings to the educational environment.

Dedicated to excellence in nursing education, Dr. Washington is a member of the National League for Nursing, a premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. Additionally, in order to foster high standards of nursing practice, project positive and realistic views of nursing practice, and to stay abreast of lobbying issues related to health care issues affecting nurses and the public, she is also a member of the American Nurses Association.

Dr. Washington is a native Mississippian who migrated to California over 30 years ago, she spends her personal time supporting and enjoying her six grandchildren in numerous activities, such as, football and basketball. She enjoys RV vacation trips with her family to see the landscapes of our beautiful country. She is an avid gospel and jazz enthusiast and loves to step dance. She enjoys keeping up with all professional sports, such as basketball, football, tennis and golf.

Educational Background
Associate of Arts (AA) in Nursing — Los Angeles Southwest College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) — California State University, Dominguez Hills
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) — California State University, Dominguez Hills
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) — Western University of Health Services