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.


Dorothy Hanson, PhD

Faculty Mentor, School of Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Consciousness studies, Jungian psychology, Myers-Briggs typology, transpersonal psychology, organizational psychology, at-risk adolescent treatment, spiritual emergency, qualitative methodology, phenomenological design

Dr. Hanson returned to school in mid-life to receive her PhD in psychology, with an emphasis in consciousness studies. She also completed a post-doctoral MAEd to enhance her teaching skills. As a professor, she has taught a wide range of psychology courses (more than 150) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr. Hanson is a board member of IBAM (Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management). IBAM provides a forum for management educators and students to share their ideas, research and experiences in a friendly and supportive environment. She serves as a reviewer for IBAM’s peer-reviewed journal, JBAM. She is also a writer and editor with OuroborosWorks.

Dr. Hanson is a hiker, downhill skier and writer, attending retreats and facilitating groups at least twice a year. She also enjoys reading and writing about the connections between quantum physics and perennial wisdom. Her upcoming book, Life-Path Flow, is scheduled to be released in 2016.

A family-oriented person, Dr. Hanson spends quality time with her two sons, a daughter, three grandsons and a baby granddaughter.

Educational Background
PhD, American School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco, California; MA, University of Phoenix, Sacramento, California; M, Clinical Psychology, Sonoma Institute of Humanistic Psychology, San Francisco, California; BA, Union Institute, Sacramento, California