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.


Angela Smith, MSN

Faculty Mentor, School of Nursing

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Leadership, bioethics, medico-legal studies, transplantation


Angela Smith has been a RN since 1994 and has spent the last 15 years in nursing leadership at several large academic institutions. Her nursing experience has focused on critical care, emergency services and transplant. She has taught critical care and medical-surgical nursing at the collegiate level, and has participated in high-definition simulation practicums. She currently works in a busy transplant center pursuing her passion for the topic areas of liver transplant and leadership.

In addition to her MSN, Angela holds a certification in nursing leadership from the American Organization for Nurse Executives. She has served as a panel expert for the American Liver Foundation, Phoenix Chapter, and has been a legal consultant for the last 14 years.

Angela currently resides in the Phoenix, Arizona area and enjoys the warmth of the American Southwest. She is an avid fan of cinema and film, especially documentaries. She loves traveling outside of the United States and spending time with her family exploring new cultures and cuisine.

Educational Background

MSN, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona; BSN, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona