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.

Dotson Samantha

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 began her career as a secretary in a pediatric office. From there she grew to have many long lasting relationships with patients and decided to continue her career. She obtained her Associates Degree in Natural and Behavioral Sciences from Lourdes University and her Diploma in Nursing from Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing in 2005.

She 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’s Degree in Nursing from Lourdes University in 2006. From there she began working in a small rural hospital rotating from the ICU to ER, also working as hospital supervisor. Samantha completed her education with a Master’s Degree in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner in 2015 from Kaplan University. 

She is currently employed in the same pediatrician’s office she began her career in. She feels that working here is a way to give back to the community as they often see 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
Diploma of Nursing — School of Nursing, Firelands Regional Medical Center
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) — Lourdes University
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) — Kaplan University