Dedicated Faculty Mentors

School of Business Faculty

The faculty mentors in CalSouthern’s School of Business are experienced business professionals as well as dedicated, responsive and highly credentialed educators.

They will be there for you—via phone, email or Skype—to answer any questions you may have and to help you master the course material. And, equally important, they will help you take the concepts you learn and apply them to resolve challenges commonly faced in today’s increasingly complex and globalized business world, using the latest best practices.

CalSouthern’s faculty mentors are positive, encouraging and supportive—and entirely dedicated to your academic and professional success.


Mike Ewald, PhD

Faculty Mentor, Business

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Business administration, public administration, technology and engineering management, alternative energy solutions, agriculture and agri-business, training, doctoral and master's degree research.

Dr. Ewald has spent his career on the cutting edge of education with a continuous focus on how to blend innovation and education for the benefit of global learners. During his career, Dr. Ewald has been able to blend innovation, technology, and cutting-edge teaching techniques to synergistically provide education to learners through consortia with other institutions.

In early assignments, Dr. Ewald wrote grants to bring alternative fuel information and computers in rural areas of Iowa to teach metric systems to night learners. For most learners, these classes were the first ones where traditional lecturing was replaced with hands-on, computer-assisted instruction. Once the grants were over, the computers remained for many years in classrooms providing learners with their first hands-on computer experience.

For approximately 12 years, Dr. Ewald worked in industry but remained focused on North American education. Dr. Ewald worked on the development of performance contracting. Many schools, universities, and colleges had significant educational infrastructure needs, but no money. By using performance contracting, energy savings on lighting, heating, and air conditioning could be used to purchase more teachers, better classroom environments, and instructional equipment.

In the last few years, Dr. Ewald has returned full-time to education with a focus on direct assessment of education outcomes. In collaboration with a colleague, he has developed a "world class" program to assess inbound education strengths and outbound educational results. These programs now provide solid data with regard to the effectiveness of teaching in a particular subject area or for an entire degree program.

Educational Background

PhD Administrative Science, Empresarial University of Costa Rica; Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies - Business, Northcentral University, Arizona; MBA Technology/Engineering Management, City University, Washington; BS Sociology, University of Iowa.

Courses Taught
  • ACT 87515 - Financial Statement Analysis
  • ECO 86501 - Economics for Organizational Management
  • ECO 87501 - Managerial Economics
  • IB 87516 - Global Business Strategic Management
  • IB 87517 - International Business Law
  • IB 87518 - International Financial Management
  • LE 86590 - Administration of Police Executive Systems
  • MGT 7997 - Doctoral Project I
  • MGT 7998 - Doctoral Project II
  • MGT 7999 - Doctoral Project III
  • MGT 86506 - Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 86510 - Statistical Analysis
  • MGT 86512 - Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
  • MGT 87520 - Business Research Methods
  • MGT 87540 - Quantitative Research Methods
  • MIS 86510 - Applied Data Analysis


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