David Perkins

David Perkins

Ken Blanchard College of Business

Ph.D. in Management and Business Administration - Anderson University, IN
M.S. in Business Administration - Arizona State University, AZ
M.S. in Computer Technology - Arizona State University, AZ
B.S. in Engineering Technology - Southwest Minnesota State University, MN

About David Perkins

Dr. David Perkins is an Associate Professor of Business at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. He primarily teaches analytics and operations management courses.

Dr. Perkins has 17 years of industry experience in project management and systems engineering disciplines. He has worked in both defense and commercial sectors. His defense experience includes work as an avionics design engineer on the F-16 Fighter Aircraft program and as a project analytics specialist in the defense communications industry. In the commercial sector, he has worked in information technology logistics, educational software, and oil terminal automation industries.  Dr. Perkins has held Project Manager and Project Analyst positions at MicroAge, National Computer Systems, Motorola and General Dynamics.

Dr. Perkins holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree in Management from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. He holds Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Technology degrees from Arizona State University. Dr. Perkins also holds a Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree from Southwest Minnesota State University.

Dr. Perkins's primary research interests include selected aspects of project analytics and project communications. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has published articles in selected project management publications including PM Network and Project Manager Today. One of his articles also appears in the book People in Projects.  Dr. Perkins has also been a guest speaker at various Project Management Institute (PMI) Chapter meetings in Arizona, California, and Utah.


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

Online teaching provides a great way for me to stay current in my discipline.  Providing relevant discussion topics within the discussion forums is important for students.  It is also rewarding for me since I am allowed to continue to learn more about my discipline each time I facilitate a course. 


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

One of the key success factors in teaching online quantitative courses is to provide multimedia-based problem examples.  This can make the textbook concepts "come alive" in a way that can help students see what the numbers are telling them.  I have also found that voice over tutorials demonstrating computer-based problems to be very helpful for students.


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

Often, the courses I facilitate require the use of Microsoft Excel, a spreadsheet software application.  One student had little knowledge of the application.  However as this student worked through the assignments in the course, she was able to become proficient with Microsoft Excel to the point of being excited about it.   It was rewarding for me to observe the student's work throughout the course, especially because of the fact that not only did she master the course concepts but she also obtained some hands-on experience of software application commonly used in industry.