Faculty Recognition

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Faculty Recognition

Since 2010, GCU's Faculty Recognition Program recognizes exemplary instructors for their hard work and dedication in the online classroom. These instructors have demonstrated a strong commitment to student success in the online classroom and to GCU. Eligible instructors promote outstanding service to students and dedication to GCU. We appreciate the best practices these instructors are using in the classroom, and we are showcasing them for their efforts and achievements. Thank you to our GCU Faculty Recognition Program instructors for excellent course facilitation and for striving for student success!


College of Doctoral Studies


College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Patricia Chess

Michael Tighe
1973 - Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Music - Sarah Lawrence College
1984 - Master of Philosophy in Cultural Anthropology - City University of New York Graduate School and University Center
1986 - Doctor of Philosophy - City University of New York Graduate School and University Center

1994 - Associate of Science - Massachusetts Bay Community College
1999 - Associate of Science - Southern Main Community College
2010 - Master of Science in Nursing Informatics - Walden University

College of Education

Ken Blanchard College of Business

Amy McDonnel
Phyllis Abbott
1995 - Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Spanish - Arizona State University
1998 - Master of Education with an emphasis in Bilingual/Multicultural Education - Northern Arizona University

Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership - Nyack College
2010 - Master of Science in Leadership with a focus on Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Management - Grand Canyon University

College of Theology

College of Arts and Sciences

Rand Muender
 Jennifer Geyer
1993 - Associate of Religion/Church Ministry - Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute
1997 - Bachelor of General Studies with in emphasis in Philosophy, Religion, Greek - Wingate College
2002 - Master of Divinity in Advanced Biblical Studies - Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
2007 - Master of Theology - Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

1995 - Bachelor of Science - Clinical and Experimental Psychology with a minor in Christian Counseling - Liberty University
1997 - Master of Arts - Guidance and Counseling specializing in Mental Health Counseling - Bowling Green State University
2013 - Doctorate of Philosophy - General Psychology - Northcentral University