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.

Scott Burrus

Scott Burrus, PhD

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Program evaluation, early childhood education, adult online learning, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, juvenile and adult criminal justice system, and child welfare policy research.

Scott W. M. Burrus, PhD has over 25 years combined experience in program evaluation, app,lied social policy research, program development, and higher education, and has served in a variety of roles in higher education including as a research faculty, dissertation chair, committee member and executive administrator, such as dean and provost. Scott’s research experience includes research design, data collection methods, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. His primary content interests lie in the areas of adult and online education, juvenile and adult substance use prevention and treatment and child welfare policy. He has managed multi-site projects focused on understanding how the judicial, child welfare, and treatment systems serve families involved with child welfare due to parental substance abuse, and has led large research centers focused on adult online learning.

Dr. Burrus has developed two community-based nonprofit organizations, and have been recognized by the mayor of Portland for his commitment to the community. His current focus is on the application of research methods to understand and solve challenges facing online higher education. Living in beautiful San Diego, California, he has been married for 24 years and is parenting two daughters ages 13 and 15.

Educational Background
PhD in Psychology from Northcentral University, MA in Applied Psychology from Golden Gate University, BA in History of Art and Architecture and Psychology from UC Santa Barbara