Dr. Beryl Mandernach received a B.S. in comprehensive psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, a M.S. in experimental psychology from Western Illinois University and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Dr. Mandernach's research focuses on enhancing student learning through assessment and innovative online instructional strategies. Additionally, an interest in examining the perception of online degrees, the quality of online course offerings and the development of effective faculty evaluation models is a key area of focus. Dr. Mandernach currently serves as a Research Professor and the Director of the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University. Prior to this position, Beryl was Professor of Psychology and Research Associate for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Park University.
Dr. Mandernach's philosophy of teaching can better be described as a philosophy of learning. In order to be an effective instructor, the educator must focus on student learning and adjust teaching strategies in response to the pace and depth of student understanding. Furthermore, approaching teaching as a scholarly activity with continual evaluations and adjustments allows the instructor to maintain a focus on student learning while continually improving instruction. When not glued to the computer, Beryl chases around her four children and enjoys watching college sports.