Allison Richmond is an Arizona native and a junior at Grand Canyon University. She is currently earning her Bachelor of Science in English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing with a minor in marketing. She hopes to use her degree to pursue a career in journalism or advertising in order to share her ideas and creativity with the world. Allison has a passion for writing. She has gotten the opportunity to pursue this passion through writing for Odyssey Online, working on writing research with her professor and writing for the GCU blogs.
Grand Canyon University associate professor Moronke Oke, PhD, is not only the management program lead, but also a beloved teacher. GCU followed her around for the day and learned about why she loves teaching at GCU.
Her day starts, she says, with “pretending to make coffee.” This routine allows her to visit all her coworkers in the morning and check in with them. Dr. Oke is very relational and loves being with people, perhaps one of the reasons she is such an exceptional instructor.
Dr. Oke teaches a senior level class on campus. Her class is known for being difficult, so she tries her best to show the students how much she wants them to succeed. Despite the difficulty of the class, she wants the students to try their best and get the most out of the class as possible. Dr. Oke feels that one of the most important things about being a professor is building relationships with the students so they know she is on their team and is actively trying to help them succeed. She goes on to say that helping her students understand and seeing them grow is what motivates her and makes her want to come to work every day.
To be a successful faculty member at GCU, Dr. Oke says you need to have a passion for teaching. She believes that GCU’s culture is not one of people working only for money, but rather, working out of a love for teaching and helping students succeed.
She also believes that GCU has a unique group of students who chose GCU to learn and to build strong relationships with their peers and faculty.
Dr. Oke also mentions her co-worker Dr. Kenneth Hein, who often has students waiting outside his office to meet with and be mentored by him. The saying “it takes a village” holds true in Dr. Oke’s eyes, as she sees that professors and administrators must work together to make a difference in the lives of the students of GCU. She believes that our faculty really are selfless and want the best for their students.
Dr. Oke believes that if you are looking for somewhere to inspire change in someone’s life and have yours changed in the process, then GCU is the place for you. She greatly enjoys being a part of GCU’s community, and encourages others to consider joining our staff if they wish to make a difference in the lives of students and the future leaders of the world.
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Written by Allison Richmond, a professional writing major at GCU.