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, MSN, RN, CNML is a Faculty Mentor with California Southern University. She 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 been focused on critical care, emergency services, and transplant. She has taught critical care and medical-surgical nursing at Chamberlain College of Nursing along with participating in high-definition simulation practicums. She currently works in a busy transplant center pursuing her passion in liver transplant and leadership.

Angela holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing – Leadership in Healthcare Systems from Drexel University. She also holds a certification in Nursing Leadership from the American Organization for Nurse Executives (AONE). She has served as a panel expert for the American Liver Foundation (ALF) – Phoenix Chapter and has been a legal consultant for the last 14 years.

She currently resides in the Phoenix, Arizona area and enjoys the warmth of the Southwest. Angela is an avid fan of films and other media entertainment, especially documentaries. She loves traveling outside of the US and spending time with her family exploring new cultures and foods.

Educational Background

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) — Grand Canyon University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) — University of Phoenix