|Steve Klense, MPH, LNHA earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University in Michigan in 1978 and a Master in Public Health Degree - Administration & Policy Major from the University of Oklahoma in 1998.
Mr. Klense has taught accounting, computer, economics, general education, health care administration, international business, and management courses since 1999. He has been teaching and developing online courses for over 15 years. He often relates personal work experiences to the objectives of the course he is teaching. He believes in training his students to be company leaders and in providing them invaluable experience for their future careers.
|Mr. Klense also enjoys teaching Sunday school class and playing guitar with the worship team at his local church. He feels very blessed to have a career in health care as well as teaching.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
I believe teaching is one of my callings. Teaching at Grand Canyon University has helped me to complete my purpose guiding our students on their journey to meet their career and educational goals. Mentoring is a word that comes to mind in fulfilling my career as a teacher. It is very fulfilling to provide encouragement and see our students' grow and mature as they progress through their classes.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
Having worked in management for over 30 years, I have developed a real grass-roots customer service attitude and apply that in serving our students. An effective strategy for me has been to be active and engaging in our class discussions. Providing insightful and practical comments in the class discussions is very helpful to the student learning experience. Incorporating current topics and issues in the discussions adds to the students' interest.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
I recently had a student who was a flood victim and experienced the loss of her vehicle. She had to move to another state. Through close communication via phone and email we were able to work together to meet these challenges. As a result she was able to successfully complete the course. It is amazing what people can accomplish in working together.