Marianne Jankowski

Dr. Marianne Jankowski is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences at a private university in Florida. She has been a faculty member with Grand Canyon University for approximately 1 year for the College of Arts and Sciences. Her education and work experience is diverse and ranges from clinical practice, to rehabilitation, research and education in the fields of Respiratory Therapy, Public Health, Business and Health Sciences. Dr. Jankowski's research has primarily focused on Alpha-One Anti-Trypsin Deficiency as well as education, but new collaborative projects are coming up in the near future.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?

It is truly the diversity of the students that has allowed me to fulfill my purpose of being an educator. Each individual brings something different to the classroom, which allows me to share my knowledge and help the different students be successful as they are working hard at making a difference in the world today through furthering their education.

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

It is hard to narrow down one, but I believe that critical thinking with a touch of humor is very effective. The students learn exceedingly well with just a little less stress.

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

The biggest challenge I have had is APA formatting. The first few weeks of class are challenging, but providing the students with a plethora of referencing material really helped them to catch on quicker. In fact, one student who was ready to drop because of APA formatting actually took what I shared with the class and handed in a perfectly formatted paper in the end. We were both so proud!