|David Slade has been an instructor at Grand Canyon University for 6 years with a focus on business and finance. His career has taken him and his family to several states as well as the island of Guam. With a freshly minted Masters in Health Care and Finance he started his career in the Managed Healthcare field. He has served as CEO and COO for several companies as well as a Board of Director's member for two additional companies. He and his family now live in Scottsdale and enjoy the community. His oldest daughter recently gave birth to the first grandson in the family.
After 26 years working in corporate America he started his own business in 2001. The business is an executive search firm specializing in the health care industry. Besides work, David enjoys jogging, reading, movies, investing, and church activities. Oh, and instructing for GCU!
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Giving back makes life more meaningful. I was blessed with a good career in business and Grand Canyon University gave me the opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences with students starting out on a career or changing careers. There is real purpose in sharing.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
Personal experiences from my career have always played a big part in helping students understand the concepts we are studying. Words on the page of a text book take on a whole new meaning if students are given an example or experience to illustrate the points of the weekly module.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
There are several examples that I could share but each one shares a similar theme: the "aha moment" - moment of clarity, where a student gains real knowledge and understanding of the concept. As an instructor, it is so gratifying when a student has their "aha moment" in a particularly difficult assignment. It is knowledge that they can use to change their lives.