October 2014

Since 2010, GCU's Faculty Recognition Program recognizes exemplary instructors for their hard work and dedication in the online classroom. These instructors have demonstrated a strong commitment to student success in the online classroom and to GCU. Eligible instructors promote outstanding service to students and dedication to GCU. We appreciate the best practices these instructors are using in the classroom, and we are showcasing them for their efforts and achievements. Thank you to our GCU Faculty Recognition Program instructors for excellent course facilitation and for striving for student success!

 

Rudilee Gabel

Rudilee Gabel
College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Dr. Rudilee Gabel received her bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science and her master's degree in secondary education from Colorado College. She also received a doctoral degree in educational leadership from University of Phoenix. She has 15 years of experience teaching math and education courses. Rudilee began her career as a high school math teacher and then transitioned to a college level instructor. She has been teaching math for Grand Canyon University since 2008. She currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo. with her husband and three children.

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Dr. Susan Montjar

Dr. Susan Montjar
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

A lifelong learner, Susan C. Montjar, Ph.D., APR, is a veteran communications educator and professional. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development from the University of Arizona, a Master of Arts from the University of Denver and Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Pennsylvania State University. After teaching primary grades for a decade in the Bay Area and Denver, Dr. Montjar completed her master's degree and started her own AD/PR firm in Denver, serving a wide variety of businesses and organizations in the Rocky Mountain region for more than 10 years.

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Amy Petrovich

Amy Petrovich
College of Education

Amy Petrovich has been an educator for nearly two decades. She is a lifelong learner and looks forward to each course, each classroom and each experience as another step in her personal journey of growth, as well as an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in special education, education and technology. She has served families, schools and children with special needs from birth to adulthood in her career as an educator.

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Christi Rose

Christi Rose  
Colangelo College of Business

Christi Rose has more than 10 years of experience working in higher education. She earned both her bachelor's degree in organizational management and her MBA with a concentration in human resources management from Ashford University. She began teaching business and human resources classes at Grand Canyon University in 2013. She currently works in talent acquisition, where she specializes in helping veterans find their next career.

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Dr. Mark Schmitz

Dr. Mark Schmitz
College of Doctoral Studies

Dr. Mark Schmitz has over 25 years of experience in the field of mental health. His clinical interests include psychological testing, child/adolescent disorders, adult mood disorders and effective treatments for sex offenders. Dr. Schmitz has been a facilitator for Grand Canyon University since 2007. In addition to teaching behavior health-related courses in both the Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs, he currently chairs eight learner dissertations and serves on a number of committees as either a methodologist or content expert. Dr. Schmitz makes his home in East Central Minnesota.

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Jason Smith

Jason Smith
College of Theology

Jason Smith has been an online faculty member for Grand Canyon University's College of Theology for four years. He is an ordained minister and is currently pastoring the First Baptist Church in Rich Creek, Va., a small town 45 minutes west of Blacksburg, Va. He earned his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies. When not preaching, studying or grading essays, he enjoys time with his wife and three young children.

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Joanna Vance

Joanna Vance
College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Dr. Vance earned a master's degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Ph.D. at Colorado State University. She really enjoyed both of those experiences and loves teaching students the same interesting information and excitement for research that she gained from her own education. Over the past several years, she has been teaching as well as doing lab work in a vascular biology laboratory, researching the influence of physical activity and training on substances released from veins and arteries responsible for clot busting.

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