Gwendolyn Johnson


Dr. Gwendolyn Johnson joined Grand Canyon University as an adjunct faculty member in March 2011. She teaches in the doctoral program; EDA-805 Effective Schools Research and EDA-815 Leadership in Continuous School Improvement and in the graduate program EDA-586A & EDA-586B Internship in Educational Administration.

Dr. Johnson lives in West Palm Beach, Florida with her newly wedded husband after dating him over the past twenty five years. They married December 22, 2011 and will have a small ceremony and reception for family and friends on June 30, 2012. She has one daughter and a grandson who reside in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Johnson cherishes family time and looks forward to spending more time with her grandson.
In her spare time, Dr. Johnson loves to travel throughout the United States as well as abroad. She took her first trip abroad to visit London, England and Paris, France; she and her husband will be returning in December of 2012. Dr. Johnson enjoys interior decorating and volunteering her time working to help decrease teenage pregnancy in her community.

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

When I enrolled in the doctoral program, I had no idea that I would be participating in online classes while sitting at home completing assignments on the computer. Initially, this was a very challenging experience because it required discipline, time management, and it did not allow procrastination. I share this experience with my students. Facilitating online courses allows me to interact with my students on so many levels; personally and professionally. I find it to be a rewarding experience to help others earn their doctorate. They know that I am present in the classroom to connect with them, and to provide the necessary feedback they need to achieve their goal.

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

When a student asks a question regarding the course or the syllabus, it is very important for me to respond in a timely fashion and to provide the student with very specific details in my explanation. This includes examples, an illustration, research information, best practices, etc. I always encourage open, honest, and timely communication and collaboration with students.

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

I had a student who shared with me during our first week of class that his grandmother was very ill, and was placed on the transplant list for an organ. His connection with this grandmother was a very special one, for he had lived with her for many years. A week before the end of the course, he received a call that a donor had been found and the surgery was the next day. He was in a dilemma as to whether to complete the final assignment of the class or to be with his grandmother during her surgery. I granted the student ample time to complete the assignment. We were able to work through this dilemma with great success. The surgery was a great success and the student was able to complete the assignment on time.