Dr. Charles Maxson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. Dr. Maxson continued his education at the University of California at Los Angeles where he earned an M.A. in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Sociology. While in graduate school, he worked and conducted research at the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Center and presented research papers at professional conferences based on that research. Dr. Maxson's first full-time teaching appointment was as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. He taught there for seven years before coming to Grand Canyon College in January of 1984, where he has worked ever since. In 1988, Dr. Maxson was asked to accept the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs at GCU and served in that role for nine years. During his tenure at the university, he has chaired or co-chaired the university's successful effort to continue its regional accreditation three times. Currently, Charles holds the rank of Professor of Sociology.
The things Dr. Maxson appreciates the most about teaching at GCU include are the ability to be open and honest about my Christian faith in the classroom and the interactions with the students. Dr. Maxson makes every effort to get his students to think critically about the things they hear, see, or read and to evaluate information as it relates to their worldview. In his spare time, Charles devotes a good deal of time and effort to his local church by attending worship services, singing in the worship choir, serving on the personnel committee, and assisting at social and musical functions. He also enjoys reading and traveling with his wife both within the U.S. and overseas.