In fine arts, research is performance and performance is research. We, as artistic scholars, fulfill the function of standard academic research and also strive to create; that creation can be another form of academic performance and research. Learn about the research we are conducting here at Grand Canyon University (GCU), and read works from our published scholars. You can also explore how we ensure our quality research follows best practices.

Center for Innovation in Research and Training

The Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching (CIRT), instituted to ignite excellence at GCU, presents research supporting innovation in teaching and learning practices in higher education. This faculty-driven resource crosses disciplines and endeavors to meet the ever-changing demands of GCU’s diverse faculty. For more information on CIRT, visit

Journal of Instructional Research

Each year, CIRT releases the Journal of Instructional Research (JIR), a publication highlighting innovation and the scholarly spirit in post-secondary teaching, learning and assessment. Access the current and past JIR publications, visit

Institutional Review Board

As part of our commitment to quality research, scholarship and service and to promote substantial breakthroughs in higher education, GCU requires all research to undergo review by our Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure ethical compliance. Learn more about IRB.