COFAP Faculty

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).