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.

Shaw Melanie

Shaw Melanie, PhD

Faculty Mentor, School of Education

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Online teaching and learning, organizational leadership, and distance learning instructional practices

Melanie Shaw has spent the past two decades teaching and serving as an administrator in online higher education settings. She serves as an adjunct faculty at several institutions and facilitates webinars for the Online Learning Consortium. In addition to her teaching roles, she trains faculty to develop and deliver courses online, conducts research on topics related to nontraditional education, and is involved in strategic leadership relative to the vision for online education.


Melanie’s primary research interests include online teaching and learning, organizational leadership, and distance learning instructional practices. She is the author of several books, articles, and chapters including: An Evaluation of Student Outcomes by Course Duration in Online Higher Education; Establishing an Online Professional Development Community to Promote Faculty Engagement and Excellence; Distance Learning Courses: A Survey of Activities and Assignments; and Online Course Activities: A Survey of Assignment and Assessment Types. She is the winner of the Wagner Award for Outstanding Instructional Support and the Online Learning Consortium’s Effective Practice Award.She holds teaching certificates in online teaching, elementary education, and guidance counseling. She lives in Atlanta with her husband Paul, who is a jazz musician, and has two adult daughters.

Educational Background
Ph.D in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Teaching from Northcentral University. Master’s degree in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University. Master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama. Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and Music from Excelsior College