Ken Hood is an ordained Southern Baptist pastor. He has served in that capacity for the past thirty five years. He received his Associates of Arts from Anderson College, his Bachelor of Arts from Central Wesleyan College, his Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Erskine Theological Seminary.
In addition, he has taught at several local Christian Universities in South Carolina for over seventeen years. He also has over seven years of intensive online teaching experience.
He has been married since 1975. The Hoods have two sons, both of which are married. They have four grandchildren, Paige, Joshua, Riley and Nathan. His hobbies are hunting, bee keeping, collecting Native American artifacts and recently gold panning.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Teaching at Grand Canyon University is a natural extension and integration of my calling as a minister. My classrooms provide an opportunity to interact not only with my students in my subject area but also on a practical and personal level. Many of my students are presently involved in ministry settings or plan to enter a related field. My ministerial experience complements what I try to do with my classes.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
One of the primary goals that I try to bring to each class is to create a relaxed learning environment. Using humor in my feedback and in my communications with my students helps accomplish this goal. There is never any shortage of opportunities to do this, even if we laugh at ourselves.