College of Arts and Sciences
Ph.D. in Church History - Regent University, VA
M.S. in Divinity - Church of God Theological Seminary, TN
B.A. in Christian Ministries - West Coast Christian College, CA
About Eloy H. Nolivos
Eloy was originally born in Ecuador, South America, but he and his family moved to the United States when he was only a year old. Education has been a lifelong dream and adventure he has pursued. In May 2011 after eight long years of perseverance and hard work, he graduated with his Ph.D. in Church History. His wife, Virginia and daughter, Zoe have been his biggest cheerleaders throughout the journey. He has been with Grand Canyon University for two years. Eloy has been an adjunct professor at Lee University (TN), Regent University (VA), and Seminario Wesley (IN), and professor at Seminario Sudamericano (Quito, Ecuador).
Eloy is also a Chaplain with Compassionate Care Hospice in Boston, MA. As a hospice chaplain he has been able to serve people and their families at a critical stage in their lives. He did not realize how his gift as an encourager would be such a good fit in this vocation, which he finds very fulfilling.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
I chose teaching online courses at GCU because I have always loved teaching. Throughout my educational career, I have found writing the most challenging and at the same time most rewarding aspect of schooling. At GCU, I have poured myself into my students challenging them to be good writers in order to impact others with their voice. In return, they have impacted and challenged me to be a better student and teacher.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
I have always found that providing timely, thorough, and helpful feedback to students is an effective approach. My role is to communicate to the student how she or he is progressing in the course and provide them resources and tools to succeed. After all, my students' success is my and GCU's success!
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
Our students are people with busy lives who make sacrifices to study. I once had a student who faced financial difficulties that required taking a job during the course. Within a couple of weeks, the student shared with me the troubles that had led to the setback in class. We implemented a plan to keep the student accountable, supported, and on track to finish the class. In the end, we were blessed and thankful that all assignments and posts were in and the student completed and passed the course.