Brian Gahan

Brian Gahan

Ken Blanchard College of Business

Education
Ph.D in Organizational Leadership - Grand Canyon University, AZ
M.S. in Leadership and Management - University of Notre Dame, IN
M.S. in Business Administration - University of Phoenix, AZ
B.A. Public Communication and Human Relations - Western Illinois University, IL

About Brian Gahan

Brian Gahan has been working in the technology industry for the last sixteen years and is currently employed with K12, Inc. Brian is responsible for marketing product and services in the education market in Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Prior to this, Brian has worked at Apple, Hewlett Packard, and Dell in various sales and sales management capacities.  

Brian received his MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Master Certificate in Organizational Leadership and Management from the University of Notre Dame. In addition, Brian just successfully defended his dissertation at Grand Canyon University on Thursday, November 17th, 2011.  

Brian's passion in business is specifically in the area of leadership, management, organizational behavior, organizational development, culture, and change. He has been a higher education adjunct faculty member for five years in both ground and online modalities.  

Brian is an avid sports aficionado.  He played four years of collegiate tennis and has played several satellite professional tour events. Brian now enjoys playing golf and is an aviation enthusiast.  He enjoys reading and following the aviation industry.  

He is originally from Chicago, Illinois and moved to Arizona in 1995.  He now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife and three, soon to be four, children. 

 

 How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose? 

The beauty of online learning is that it provides everyone an opportunity to be a life-long learner.  I have found a passion in facilitating online courses and getting to know the many students I have worked with the last few years.  I believe everyone can learn from anyone at any time.  I love the diversity and knowledge students bring into my classes.  I learn in each class I teach.

 

What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?

I try to facilitate active participation in our learning environment.  I attempt to incorporate real-world scenarios that relate to the course materials to help the students learn the material.  In addition, I encourage all students to bring in and share their own real-world scenarios to promote high levels of engagement and critical thinking. 

 

What is a GCU online student success story you can share? 

It gives me great pride to see students live up to their potential.  I have a saying that "what you put in is what you get out".  I am happiest when I see students complete a course as a result of hard work and dedication to learning.  Each course throughout their program is a step forward.  Being a part of each student's journey and seeing students complete the course is the best success of all.