Mark Wireman, Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), has transitioned his professional skills into teaching students at Grand Canyon University and is currently an assistant professor in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. Before accepting this position, Dr. Wireman practiced chiropractic medicine for 10 years throughout Phoenix. He holds a DC from Palmer College of Chiropractic and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Graceland University. Mark lives in Scottsdale with his wife and children. In his free time, he likes to play volleyball, hike and spend time with his family.
Faculty Spotlight Questions:
I am originally from Iowa where I grew up in a town of around 600 people. I followed my wife to the big city of Phoenix in 2001 and I practiced chiropractic medicine. In 2008, I applied to Grand Canyon University to teach as something to keep me busy during my long lunch hours. Once I began teaching on GCU’s campus, I felt a calling to switch careers and teach full time. I was fortunate to become hired as a full-time faculty within two years of my first class at GCU and I feel blessed every morning I drive to work.
I enjoy the camaraderie of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology employees the most out of all aspects of my job. The faculty and staff work diligently to accomplish herculean tasks in a short amount of time to continuously improve the environment for our students. The employees have a great sense of humor to help ease the stress that we may feel, and it helps us get through any challenging deadlines or times that we may have.
The advice I would give students in STEM programs is to communicate with their instructors often. The more a student communicates, the more the instructor can do to assist. It can be difficult for an instructor to help a student if the instructor is kept in the dark of a student’s situation. Not only can the communication help find a solution, but it also helps build upon a relationship which may remain beyond graduation.