Rev. Dr. Robert (Bob) Hunter received his Doctor of Ministry from George Fox University near Portland, OR. He teaches online for the College of Theology at Grand Canyon University. He also teaches online classes full time for another university. His favorite subjects include spiritual formation, leadership and mentoring. He has also assisted in the development of course curriculum for another institution on the topic of faith mentoring in the 21st Century.
Dr. Bob resides in Mesa, AZ and when he is not teaching he serves as a volunteer youth leader at Mesa First Church of the Nazarene. His bride of Nineteen years, Cambria, is an Occupational Therapist in the Mesa School District. They have three children; Grant (14), Brianna (13), and Tanner (10).
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Facilitating courses for GCU creates an opportunity for me to do something I am passionate about: develop Christ-like leaders for the 21st Century.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
I have discovered that positive online interpersonal communication is absolutely essential to classroom success. Many students feel discouraged and overwhelmed when they try to manage their educational pursuits, careers, and family life. The de-individualization of online communication can also be disheartening. I make a habit of personalizing communications and maintaining a positive and upbeat learning environment.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
Recently, one of my students lost a spouse and received a diagnosis of cancer prior to the start of a course. During Module One, the grieving student checked into a hospital to receive chemotherapy treatment. Due to complications, the student remained in the hospital for the duration of the course. Instead of dropping, the student persevered through treatment and completed all the required assignments in a timely manner. We all know that occasionally life happens and students get behind, but not in this case. A bout with cancer proved to be no match for a determined student; and even more impressive, the student received an "A" for the final grade.