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.


Samantha Dotson, MSN

Faculty Mentor, School of Nursing

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Opiate abuse prevention, online education, increasing compliance rates with pediatric vaccinations

Samantha Dotson is a Family Nurse Practitioner, board-certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and licensed by the state of Ohio. She first developed an interest in nursing as a secretary in a pediatric office, where she developed many long-lasting relationships with patients. She obtained her associate degree in natural and behavioral sciences from Lourdes University and her diploma in nursing from Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing in 2005.

Samantha worked in a large city hospital with specialty training in vascular nursing and also worked as charge nurse. She then continued her education by obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She joined the staff of a small, rural hospital rotating from the ICU to ER, and also working as hospital supervisor. Samantha then completed her education with a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner.

Samantha currently works in the same pediatrician’s office where she began her career. She feels that working there is a way to give back to the community, as the office often sees the poor and underserved children in the area. Samantha is excited to share her knowledge and expertise of nursing through education to nursing students.

Educational Background
MSN, Kaplan University, Davenport, IA; BSN, Lourdes University, Sylvania, Ohio; Nursing diploma, Firelands Regional Medical Center, School of Nursing, Sandusky, Ohio