July 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!

 

Kelly Damron

Kelly Damron
College of Business

Kelly Damron has more than 20 years of experience in business and education. Her early career was spent in public accounting as a tax professional. She is a licensed CPA and was the recipient of the Public Service Award from the Arizona Society of CPAs in 2010. Kelly has been a full-time faculty with Grand Canyon University since August 2013, where she teaches accounting. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Colorado State University and a Master of Business Administration from the W. P. Carey School of Business. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Advanced Accounting at Northcentral University.

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Kevin Gazzara

Kevin Gazzara
College of Doctoral Studies

Dr. Kevin Gazzara is currently a professor at four universities in the United States and an international university. He has spent the last 30 years in marketing, program management, leadership, organizational development, courseware development and teaching experience for industries spanning from heavy equipment to high tech. In addition to his university teaching, he is a senior partner at Magna Leadership Solutions LLC in Phoenix. He is also the co-author of the acclaimed book The Leader of Oz: Revealing 101 Secrets of Marvelous Leadership for the 21st Century and is a contributing writer to Warren Bennis' Leadership Excellence magazine.

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Barb Juarez

Barb Juarez
College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Barb Juarez earned both her BSN and her master's degree in nursing from the University of Wyoming. She started teaching at Grand Canyon University in 2012 and currently teaches in the undergraduate RN to BSN Nursing program. During her nursing career, she taught at community colleges and universities, worked in physician offices, worked with special need kids and worked with technology as an informatics nurse. 

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Christi Longin

Christi Longin 
College of Education

Christi Longin, M.Ed., has served as an online instructor for Grand Canyon University's College of Education for seven years. During that time, she has continued to teach at Columbus Middle School in Columbus, MT. Christi has taught in elementary schools for 20 years as a grades 6-8. Her classroom and leadership experiences at Columbus Middle School have helped her remain an informed, innovative instructor. In addition to serving as an online instructor, Christi has also contributed to GCU's education programs by designing courses and serving as a faculty supervisor for GCU's student teachers and administration interns. 

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Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith
College of Theology

Kyle Smith has devoted his life to the study of spiritual development and morality. He was educated at Liberty University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Religion and a Master of Divinity in Christian Leadership. He is currently pursuing a Master of Theology in Ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Kyle has a depth of experience in the eccentricities of life. He did not convert to Christianity until his college years and takes every opportunity to educate and train others in the true and passionate pursuit of the spirit-filled life. 

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Alexis Walker

Alexis Walker
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Alexis Walker has been teaching at the college level for nine years in both English and non-profit management. Her English focus has been in the American Romantic era, 19th Century American Women's Literature, World Literature and Advanced Composition. She's taught at Iowa State University, Arizona State University, Glendale Community College and has just finished her time as a visiting professor at the University of the Virgin Islands. She is also a published romance fiction novelist under a pen name. 

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