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.


Karen Crandall, JD

Faculty Mentor, School of Law

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Criminal justice, family law

Karen Crandall is an attorney who was admitted to the New York State bar in June of 1987. Ms. Crandall served as the confidential law clerk to a County Court Judge where she conducted legal research, drafted decisions and conference cases on behalf of the judge. After eight years as confidential law clerk, Ms. Crandall worked independently to represent indigent defendants charged with felonies. In addition to criminal defense work, Ms. Crandall works extensively with people in crisis in Family Court. Her true passion is serving the underprivileged client- whether the client is someone charged with a felony or is a child in need.

Ms. Crandall has two daughters who are pursuing their educational passions and two adorable dogs and two cats. In her spare time, Ms. Crandall travels extensively with her family. She loves immersing herself in different cultures around the world.

Educational Background
JD, Albany Law School, Albany, New York, Western New England School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts; BA, College of St. Rose, Albany, New York.
Courses Taught
  • LAW 5115 - Criminal Law
  • MSL 86100 - Criminal Law