|Dr. Reginald S. Kimball began teaching with Grand Canyon University in 2011. He has experience teaching on all levels of education including facilitating online courses for over 11 years. Currently, Dr. Kimball facilitates leadership courses in the College of Doctoral Studies and also serves as Dissertation Chair and Content Chair for many doctoral students. He is happily married to his wife Mary and has two wonderful boys, Keaton and Karson. Dr. Kimball is a lifelong learner and believes that through collaboration and servant leadership, he is able to impact each student he works with.
|How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Facilitating courses through the College of Doctoral Studies has helped me find my purpose by recognizing the importance of serving others. My job is to ensure the success of each student by providing experiences that will benefit them in the real-world. By teaching courses and serving in the residency program, I recognize the importance of putting the student first!
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
One effective strategy that I use in my online classes is to share experiences that bring the classroom to life -- having been blessed to serve on all levels of education, as a teacher, coach and administrator, has really helped me better understand each piece of the puzzle; therefore, by sharing these examples with students, they are better able to utilize and implement what they learn.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
A few months back, I was working with a student that was really having a tough time with other 'life' issues taking place. I called the student and we talked, laughed, and cried together. I explained to the student that life does not stop during graduate school, but normally becomes more challenging. I shared my story of all I went through while working on my dissertation and that through perseverance, prayer, and recognizing the challenge that has been set before us, we can do it! This student is doing wonderfully and now has completed all coursework!