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.

Celano Charles

Celano Charles, MA

Faculty Mentor, School of Criminal Justice

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Provide strategies and techniques for police officers

Chief Charlie Celano is a 27-year veteran of the Tustin Police Department. He has worked his way up through the ranks to the position of Chief of Police. Over the course of his career, Chief Celano has worked a variety of assignments including Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Street Narcotics/Vice Detective, Orange County RNSP Detective, Gang Unit Sergeant, Patrol Area Commander and the Captain in charge of each of the two Bureaus – Community Policing and Administrative Services.

During his tenure, Chief Celano has contributed to the introduction of the Area Command system of policing, the creation and implementation of two Strategic Plans, and the creation of the award-winning Neighborhood Improvement Task Force (NITF). In addition, Chief Celano oversaw the arduous process of receiving national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (C.A.L.E.A.). The Tustin Police Department is the 3rd agency in Orange County, and the 11th agency in the State of California to receive this distinguished honor.

In 2015, Chief Celano was the recipient of the Ambassador of Peace Award from the Violence Prevention Coalition for his work with the mentally ill. Chief Celano collaborated with a clinical psychologist to create a workshop that focuses on providing strategies and techniques for police officers, dispatchers, and other first responders to effectively communicate and interact with the mentally ill. Since its inception in late 2011, this training has received high praise and has been presented to over 5,000 first responders throughout Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego Counties.

In his spare time, Chief Celano enjoys spending time with his wife, Heidi and their five children. He is also an avid cyclist and triathlete.

Educational Background
BS Degree in Occupational Studies from CSU Long Beach. Master of Arts in Business Management from the University of Redlands. Graduate of the FBI National Academy, Class #258.