Accolades

College of Doctoral Studies

Achievements from our Students


Paulette Crosby
is a student in GCU's Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership and will graduate in July of 2012. Paulette is also the Founder and President of Reading Star Academy of Excellence Charter School which opened in August 2011 in Volusia County, Florida. This is the first dual language school to open in Volusia County and caters to students whose primary language is Spanish. Paulette has been able to tie the information she's learning in her doctoral classes and in writing her dissertation directly to her proposal and development for the charter school.

Achievements from our Alumni

Nicholas Markette was the first student to graduate from one of GCU's doctoral programs. Nicholas earned his Ed.D. in May 2011 after successfully defending his dissertation "A Case Study of the Structures and Conditions of Public High School Administrations as Teams." His study was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Dissertation Award from the Arizona Professors of Education Administration.

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Brenda Combs 
graduated in May 2011 with her Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership. Her dissertation topic was "A Study of the Success Factors and Strategies that Enabled Women to Overcome Homelessness." Brenda is GCU's Ambassador and in this role she shares her story of overcoming 10 years of addiction and homelessness and how education was a key factor that enabled her to get back into society and successfully reach her dreams. Brenda presented her dissertation findings on May 11-13 at the United Way in Rhode Island and has also shared her story all over the country, including on CNN and The Today Show.


Achievements from our Faculty 

On Wednesday evening, April 26, over 80 Masters and Doctoral students gathered in McKinley Hall to hear Dr Gerry Tirozzi's presentation on Current Issues Facing American Education. In his presentation, Dr Tirozzi outlined that school reform, performance-based pay for teachers, and compulsory preschool are several of the issues facing the American school system. He acknowledged that there is no easy solution to any of these but that how they are addressed will impact the effectiveness of American schools for some time to come.

Dr Tirozzi's distinguished educational career includes serving as the Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education at the US Department of Education during the Clinton administration, being the Executive Director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), Director of the National Honor Society, and the Commissioner of Education for the State of Connecticut. Dr Tirozzi currently serves as Visiting Professor at Grand Canyon University.

College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Achievements from our Students

Kristy A. Bowen, a full-time Registered Nurse in Blythe, CA was one week away from starting a program at another college until GCU paid a visit to her workplace of Palo Verde Hospital.  Kristy was so impressed with GCU's RN to BSN program that she made an immediate decision to attend Grand Canyon University instead and began her program just weeks later!  We are proud to announce that Kristy graduated with her BSN on May 4, 2012.  Congratulations Kristy.   

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Achievements from our Faculty

Dr. Anne McNamara, Dean of our College of Nursing, is in the news again having been named the 2012 ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year in the Private Sector.  This prestigious award is presented by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in recognition of excellence in leadership, service to the community and dedication to the mentorship of other women. 

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Dr. Anne McNamara was featured as a "Leader to Watch" in the August issue of Nurse Leader Magazine; a bi-monthly publication of the American Organization of Nurse Executives which spotlights a well-known nurse leader in the field in every issue. 

 

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Assistant Professor, Sherri Spicer, RN, MSN, CNE and Clinical Lab Director, Sheila Searles, RN, BSN of the College of Nursing have been invited to speak at the annual conference of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning in San Antonio, June 2012. The title of their presentation is "Community Based Simulation: Chronic Disease Management Strategies in the Home."

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Grand Canyon University's very own LeAnne Prenovost has been named BestCollegesOnline.com's 2012 Online College Professor of the Year!  Each year, this significant award recognizes forward-thinking online college professors who utilize new technologies to connect with distance students and enhance their learning experience.  LeAnne was named as one of ten total finalists before receiving the highest number of votes during the voting period. 

LeAnne Prenovost comes from over 25 years or nursing experience and 5 years teaching online classes in nursing, health care, and business administration.  She is truly an outstanding choice for this particular distinction because LeAnne earned her BA, MBA, and a dual Master's Degree through online programs.  LeAnne's students rave about her ability to establish impactful relationships and cultivate a strong online learning community. 

Along with being featured on BestCollegesOnline.com's contest page, LeAnne will be presented with a $1,000 award for her outstanding achievement.  A passionate supporter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, LeAnne plans to donate the award to Ovarian Cancer research in memory of her sister, Lisa Wilkinson.

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Dr. Anne McNamara, Dean of the College of Nursing, won Nursing Advocate of the Year at 2012's Arizona Healthcare Leadership Awards. Through Dr. McNamara's leadership, GCU's College of Nursing graduates have been actively recruited by Arizona's leading healthcare providers.  It is this continued excellence in preparing quality nurses for the professional environment, coupled with a dedication to performing volunteer work throughout the community that has earned Dean Anne McNamara and GCU this prestigious distinction.           

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Two members of GCU's Tucson faculty were honored recently at the Tucson Fabulous 50 Nurses Gala. The winners were selected from more than 150 applications based on professionalism, education, research and personal vitality. Chosen from GCU were Kay Lehman and Anita Gallardo. Lehman, a nurse for 25 years, is the skills lab coordinator for our Tucson campus. Gallardo is a full-time family nurse practitioner for the University of Arizona Family and Community Medicine Mobile Health Program. She is teaching in the Tucson FNP program this summer.

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College of Nursing Dean Anne McNamara has been appointed to a two-year term on the 10-member board of directors of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The ANCC certifies nurses in specialty healthcare areas such as cardiac rehabilitation and gerontological nursing.

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International Exchange with China:  Four College of Nursing faculty members, including Dr. Cheryl Roat, Dr. Kay Turk, Jennifer Brody,  and Anne Wendt, along with 11 graduate students, will be traveling to China from June 24-July 11, 2011. Faculty members and students will be making formal presentations in conferences to nurses and student nurses in the Beijing area and at Changchun Medical College in Changchun. GCU graduate students will be working in clinics alongside Chinese physicians to complete a total of 80 clinical hours toward their Family Nurse Practitioner clinical education. At the same time, the four nursing faculty members will be lecturing to Chinese undergraduate nursing students. This exchange experience will allow faculty and students the opportunity to learn about primary care and the nursing education system in the People's Republic of China in a direct way as they work with healthcare providers.  GCU is excited to partner with Changchun Medical College with plans for an ongoing exchange for years to come.

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As an Assistant Professor for GCU's College of Nursing, Debra Haber is pursuing a post master's Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Debra is currently in the Primary Care of the Adult clinical rotation with a Family Practice Physician and a Pulmonary Nurse Practitioner. She will graduate with the ANP/GNP in 2012 but will still be taking classes toward her DNP. By furthering her education, Debra is taking the next progression in her nursing practice, which improves her ability as a professor in the pre-licensure program.

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As a GCU Assistant Professor of Nursing, Linda Hemmila is currently working on her Ed.D. from Walden University and is scheduled to graduate in January 2012. Linda's doctoral project will involve exploring students' test taking experiences in lower-level nursing courses and how it affects their academic success or failure. Part of the project will include a plan to develop a remediation program specifically for students who are at risk for academic failure on the first two levels of the nursing program. The ultimate goal would be to improve retention rates and provide students with the guidance they need to be successful. Linda is passionate about this topic because of her experiences with nursing students at a higher cognitive level who have experienced difficulty with multiple-choice test questions.  

Achievements from our Alumni 

Crystal Ericksen graduated from GCU in May 2010 with a degree in nursing. While at GCU, Crystal was an active member of the Student Nurses Association, serving as treasurer for a year and then becoming a student mentor her senior year. Crystal also worked at Mayo Clinic as a student assistant while in school for a year. After graduating from GCU with her nursing degree, Crystal moved with her husband to Joplin, Missouri where she worked on a Cardiology floor of a hospital. Crystal was in Joplin during the time of the catastrophic tornado in May of 2011.

According to Crystal, "Some say your training leaves you when a crisis happens and others find out where their strength is and determine that they are in the right calling. I found my calling that evening [of the tornado] and know that God moved my husband and I to Joplin because that was where he was going to use us."

 

Dean McNamara's feature came right after the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce announced her as a finalist nominee for 2011's ATHENA Award. The ATHENA Awards recognizes excellence in leadership and service for the professional development and mentorship of women.

College of Arts and Sciences

Achievements from our Students

GCU's Chapter of the Arizona Health Occupations Students of America (AZHOSA) recently competed and took home several awards at the National Leadership Conference this past June (2012) in Orlando, Florida,  Nearly 10,000 students from across the U.S. attended and competed in this year's conference.  The GCU Chapter of AZHOSA turned heads this year and brought home several awards across multiple disciplines.  Congratulations to Stephanie Doering, Joshua Ostrand and Dennis Winn for earning a gold medal and a $1,000 prize in the category of public health emergency preparedness.  GCU also took home a third-place medal in the emergency medical technician category, thanks to Casey Smith and Sydney Smith.  Congratulations to the entire AZHOSA Chapter for competing at such a high level and proudly representing GCU's College of Arts and Sciences!

 

Achievements from our Alumni

Paul Barker (2011) is a recent graduate from GCU's pre-med program who was recently accepted to attend the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee beginning in the Fall 2012 semester.

 

Achievements from our Staff

Dr. Kirk Bowden will receive the Counselor Educator Advocacy Award for 2013 from the American Counseling Association (ACA) at the national conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. The American Counseling Association is the world's largest association representing professional counselors and has a membership of more than 50,000 professionals.

Additionally, Dr. Bowden has been appointed to a second term on the editorial board of the Substance Abuse Journal, the professional journal of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA).

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Associate Professor Dr. Galyna Kufryk joined American and German experts in delivering a series of lectures during the prestigious 2011 European Science Foundation's conference on Microorganisms for Bio-fuel Production From Sunlight at Bielefeld University. Dr. Kufryk teaches general chemistry courses and genetics in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Dr. Kirk Bowden, Director of Professional Counseling and Addiction Studies for the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named President-elect of NAADAC (National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors).  The NAADAC represents the professional interests of more than 75,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad.  

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Dr. Randhir Deo, Assistant Professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, was published in Volume 23, Number 4 of the peer reviewed scientific journal, "Biodegradation".  Dr. Deo's paper is titled "A  Biogeochemical Framework for Bioremediation of Plutonium in the Subsurface Environment".

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David Spilker is the administrative assistant for the College of Arts and Sciences and he recently graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Master's of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

College of Fine Arts and Production

Student Achievements

The 22nd Annual AriZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence

Grand Canyon University won one AriZoni Award!  Congratulations to:

  • Lynette Kidman Nunez, Best Choreography, The Boyfriend 2011-2012

Grand Canyon University has been honored with six nominations for 2011-2012 Ethington Theatre productions.  Congratulations to:

  • Christina Cullers, Supporting Actress, "The Boy Friend"
  • Juan Hernandez (Assistant Dean), Musical Direction, "Amahl and the Night Visitors"
  • Lynette Kidman Nunez, Choreography, "The Boy Friend"
  • Bill Symington (Assistant Dean) Scenic Design, "Amahl and the Night Visitors"
  • Dan Cocca, Sound Design, "Amahl and the Night Visitors"
  • Michael Kary and Brad Beamon, Original Writing: Instructor, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Kary also was nominated as Guest Actor in "The Wallace and Ladmo Show" by the Desert Foothills Theatre)

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Senior Christina Cullers has gained entrance to OperaWorks, an intensive and distinguished performance training program for young, talented performers which is held in the summer. 

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Voice students recently sang at the National Association of Teachers of Singing classical auditions on the campus of Chandler-Gilbert Community College.  Five GCU students received outstanding scores of 90 or above from all of the judges!

The 21st Annual AriZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence

Grand Canyon University won two AriZoni Awards!  Congratulations to:

  • Michael Kary, Best Guest Actor in a Musical, The Pirates of Penzance 2010-2011
  • Nola Yergen, Best Costume Design, The Pirates of Penzance 2010-2011

Grand Canyon University has been honored with 11 nominations. Congratulations to:

  • Amy Runte-Wyatt, Actress in a Major Role/Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Scott Campbell, Actor in a Major Role/Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Mitchell Wyatt, Actor in a Supporting Role/Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Michael Kary, Guest Actor in a Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • GCU, Overall Production/Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Joe Flowers, Director/Play, "The Comedy of Errors"
  • Claude Pensis, Director/Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance" (also nominated for his lighting of "The Drowsy Chaperone" for AZ Broadway Theatre)
  • Juan Hernandez, Music Director, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Susannah Keita, Choreographer, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Nola Yergen, Costume Design, "The Pirates of Penzance" and "The Comedy of Errors"


Faculty Achievements

Director of Dance at the College of Fine Arts and Production, Susannah Keita, was selected as president-elect of the Arizona Dance Education Organization. She will also attend the 2013 annual conference of the National Dance Education Organization and present her work, "Moving in Step With Katherine Dunham: A Model Curriculum". Susannah is among a select group of instructors certified to teach the famed Dunham dance technique. 

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Rachel Velarde, adjunct voice and diction instructor, has been awarded an honorable mention for the Van L. Lawrence Voice Foundation/National Association for Teachers of Singing fellowship in vocal pedagogy.  Rachel will attend an annual symposium in Philadelphia.

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In 2011, digital design instructor Cheryl Christensen's paper, "An Educational Evolution: From Conventional Learning, to E-Learning, to Game-based Learning," was accepted for presentation at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Convention in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Director of Dance, Susannah Keita, participated as a panelist at the National Dance Education Organization annual conference in October 2010.

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Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production Claude N. Pensis won an ariZoni Award for Excellence in Lighting for The Turn of the Screw in 2009-2010. Claude has been a faculty member at Grand Canyon University since 1982 during which time he has also been Theatre Chair and Artistic Director.

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William H. Symington V, an instructor for the College of Fine Arts and Production, received an AriZoni Award for Theatre Excellence in Best Scenic Design for Don Pasquale, Lyric Opera Theatre in 2009-2010.

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Instructor for the College of Fine Arts and Production Michael Kary created, wrote, directed and produced "Little League," a spec pilot and official selection for the Independent Television Festival (ITVF) in Los Angeles (2008).

Ken Blanchard College of Business

Achievements from our Students

 Austin Garnett, an undergraduate student in the Ken Blanchard College of Business, was one of seven GCU students who competed at the 51st annual International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in April 2012.  The conference is sponsored by DECA, an organization dedicated to preparing students for careers in business, and hosts competitions amongst college and university students across North America.  Going up against 50 competitors, Austin took home first-place in the retail-management category.  When asked to comment on his award, Austin said:

"Things I've learned at GCU really applied to this and were big keys," he says. "I used the professionalism I've been taught. This (award) speaks well of our business school." 

Achievements from our Faculty

Associate Professor of the Ken Blanchard College of Business, David Perkins (DBA) has been published in the Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies. His article is titled "Electronic Performance Monitoring in Call Centers: An Ethical Decision Model".

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Donna DeMilia, professor in the Ken Blanchard College of Business, recently completed her Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in financial management from North Central University (Prescott Valley, AZ). Dr. DeMilia successfully defended her dissertation titled "Exploring the Effects of Generation X on the Gender Wealth Gap in the United States."

 

"Completing and defending my dissertation was an incredible learning experience. Throughout this process, I have learned to more effectively research, provide substantiation for my claims, and write more succinctly. This experience has impacted my job approach in several ways. First, I understand the commitment required to manage working full time and completing a degree program. I have always enjoyed teaching working adults, and this has furthered my interest in assisting these individuals in achieving their educational goals. Secondly, I have taken away ideas about what does and does not work in promoting an effective learning environment through the online modality. I hope to use my own experiences to enhance our classrooms here at KBCOB."

College of Education

Achievements from our Students

On April 21st, 2011, 11 of Assistant Professor Dr. Sherman Elliott's traditional College of Education students participated as portfolio judges for the state finals of Project Citizen at Phoenix City Hall.

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For the 2010-2011 school year, 57 undergraduate and graduate learners were inducted into Alpha Epsilon Gamma, the GCU Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.
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Teacher candidates, Anthony Perez and David Coates, were selected as GCU's Rodel Promising Student Teachers for spring 2011 semester. 



Achievements from our Alumni

Randy Watkins, alum of GCU's Masters in Educational Administration program, was selected as one of 11 finalists for the 2011 Rodel Exemplary Principal award for Maricopa, Pinal, and Yavapai counties.  Randy serves as the principal of Michael Anderson K-12, an Avondale high-needs school. Finalists were nominated by their district superintendents and selected based on a demonstrated ability to lead their respective staff to success while developing a high-achieving institution.

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Anthony Perez, GCU College of Education alum and second-grade teacher at Glenn F. Burton Elementary School, is making a tremendous impact on his students.  Anthony earned his master's in education from GCU and soon began teaching English Language Development to a class of 23 second-grade students of which only 6 could read at or above their grade level.  Today, that number has improved to an astounding 19 students!  Anthony's passion and ability to design lessons around each student's needs and learning styles has been credited as the key to this remarkable achievement.  The Glendale school district has also taken notice and honored Anthony as a "Rookie Teacher of the Year" and invited him to serve on the English Language Development Committee - the only first-year teacher who was asked.

Anthony credits much of his success to his personalized education at GCU as well as the mentoring program of the Rodel Foundation of Arizona.  While a student at GCU, Anthony was named a Rodel Promising Teacher which gave him the opportunity to be mentored by Rodel Exemplary Teacher, Raquel Mendoza.  This partnership was instrumental in landing Anthony his teaching job over at Burton Elementary School. 

"He (Anthony Perez) is all about wanting to make sure he is delivering the information and designing the lessons according to each student's needs and learning styles," said Dr. Marjaneh Gilpatrick, executive director of outreach for GCU's College of Education.

Dr. Gilpatrick added, "It's phenomenal what he's been able to do."

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Donna DeTommaso-Kleinert, who received her doctorate in educational leadership from GCU, recently was named the "2012 Outstanding Doctoral Student" by the Arizona School Administrators organization. DeTommaso-Kleinert teaches English as a second language at Penndale Middle School and North Penn High School in Lansdale, Penn.

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Karri Zotyka Parramore was selected as West Bainbridge Elementary School's "Teacher of the Year" in Bainbridge, Ga. Parramore, who has been at the school since 2005 as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher, received her master's degree from GCU.

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Elcan-King Elementary School honored GCU Master's degree grad Chrissy Mueller by naming her "Teacher of the Year". 

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Fourth-grade teacher Crystal Lock was honored as "Teacher of the Year" at Finley Elementary School in Finley, Tenn. She received her master's in teaching from GCU.

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Stacey Musey, a Vineland High School North biology instructor in Vineland, N.J., was selected as the Cumberland County "Teacher of the Year". She received a master's degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on technology at GCU.

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In July 2011, a national panel selected five educators as the 2012 recipients of The Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence.  Lisa Esquibel, a graduate of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program at Grand Canyon University, was selected as a recipient of this prestigious award.  Lisa is a kindergarten teacher at Davis Elementary School in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  As a Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence recipient, Lisa is also a finalist for the $25,000 National Education Association's Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence, the event's top honor, which will be awarded at 2012's gala event. 

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Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has named Elisha R. Gray as "APS Teacher of the Year" for 2011-2012.  Elisha earned her Master's degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University.  She teaches students with significant cognitive disabilities at Jackson High School in South Atlanta, GA.   As APS Teacher of the Year for 2011-2012, Ms. Gray automatically becomes a candidate for Georgia Teacher of the Year, which will be decided later in the school year.  

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East Clayton Elementary School in Ellenwood, GA has awarded Ashley Nelson the "2011-2012 Teacher of the Year" distinction.  Ms. Nelson received a Master's of Art in Teaching from Grand Canyon University before accepting a position teaching 5th grade at East Clayton Elementary School.

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The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) named Ronald Michael Geist a "2011 Teacher of the Year" for excellence in teaching at the Okinawa District in Japan.  Ronald completed his Master's Degree in Educational Technology and Curriculum from Grand Canyon University.  He currently serves as the vocal and instrumental instructor at Kubasaki High School in Okinawa.  

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The Arizona Department of Education conducted a survey of Arizona principals asking for input on first-year teachers. GCU's College of Education had 39 of its teacher graduates evaluated and they outperformed the state average for "Exceeds Expectations of a Beginning Teacher".

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Sakeenah Smith, a GCU College of Education graduate who is now a third grade teacher at the Alhambra Elementary School District, was named an Exemplary Teacher by the Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona. When asked about a teacher that changed her life, she said, "A teacher in my past that changed my life is Dr. Betz Frederick who was my Math Methods instructor at Grand Canyon University. She is an innovative teacher who is very passionate about her students and the field of mathematics."



Achievements from our Faculty

Marjaneh Gilpatrick, Executive Director of Education Outreach for the College of Education, has been selected as an esteemed board member for the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF). The prestigious AEF board is a diverse group of business, education and community leaders who work to connect the business and educational communities in the state. The AEF celebrates excellence in public education through various community partnerships and programs such as the "A+ School of Excellence Program", "Arizona Spelling Bee", and "Principals' Leadership Academy", just to name a few.  

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Dr. Sherman Elliot's
paper on Teaching Islam has been accepted by the National Social Science Association for presentation during their Spring 2012 conference. Dr. Elliott's presentation has two main objectives: to learn about the benefits of narrative case studies in teaching about Islam in a social studies classroom and to understand the research that supports such benefits to the learner.

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College of Education Assistant Dean Dr. Carlyn Ludlow presented at the National Conference on the Learning Environment on the topic of "Conversations about Collaboration - Building Bridges."

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College of Education Assistant Professor Dr. Sherman Elliott recently learned that Middle Ground Magazine will publish an article he wrote about developing and implementing a civics education program. 

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For GCU's Scholastic webinar series, Dr. Kay Hansen, Chair of Curriculum and Instruction, presented on the topic of "Summer Reading: How to Motivate Boys to Read" on May 2, 2011 and Dr. Marjaneh Gilpatrick, College of Education Assistant Dean, presented on the topic of "Fostering Vocabulary Development of English Language Learners" on April 15, 2011.

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College of Education Professor Dr. Casey Reason was honored in April of 2011 as a Distinguished Alumnus Colloquium speaker at The University of Toledo where he led a lecture and training session with graduate students, area principals and teachers on the topic of leading a learning organization.

 

College's Outreach Program

The College of Education's Outreach Service program, Lopes for Literacy, launched its reading incentive program during the 2010-2011 school year. Dr. Gilpatrick, Assistant Dean, presented the winner's class with brand new books from Scholastic. Their teacher reported that the children were so excited about their books that they begged to stay in during recess to read them.