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.


Michelle Altshuler, MSN

Faculty Mentor, School of Nursing

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Geriatric nursing, home healthcare, human growth and development across the lifespan and peer-to-peer mentorship in nursing education/clinical practice.

Michelle Altshuler is a faculty mentor in the School of Nursing and also serves as a faculty member and skills lab coordinator at Central School of Practical Nursing in Independence, Ohio.  Michelle received her B.S. in Nursing from Mount Carmel College of Nursing and her MSN-Ed from Western Governors University. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of nursing, and is dedicated to educating future nurses.

Michelle’s teaching interests include training nursing students in a simulation setting, geriatric nursing, home health care, as well as human growth and development across the lifespan.  She has developed new courses in IV therapy and community-based nursing practice.

Her primary research interest is in peer-to-peer mentorship in nursing programs.  Specifically, she is interested in peer mentorship and its effect on academic achievement in nursing students from undereducated backgrounds.

Michelle resides with her two teenage daughters in Broadview Heights, Ohio.  In her free time, she enjoys spinning classes, gardening, painting and jewelry making.
Educational Background
MSN, Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah; BSN, Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Columbus, Ohio