Faculty Focus: Rebecca Richey
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Title: Assistant Professor
Years at GCU: More than nine years in Online Full-Time Faculty, one year prior as adjunct online faculty
Academic degrees: Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Ed from Central Washington University. Master’s degree in Education from University of Phoenix, Master’s degree in Counseling from University of Phoenix. Completing Psy.D from University of Southern California (dissertation phase). Licensed mental health counselor in the state of Hawaii.
Notable employment in your field: I have many experiences in the counseling and educational fields. My first experience in higher education was as a Director of Learning Support, overseeing oversaw tutoring for the college campus and assisting with accommodations for disabled students. I then went into teaching counseling and psychology coursework. Additionally, I have gained a wealth of experience in the field of mental health, working primarily with women’s issues and couples. In the past, I enjoyed volunteering at a center that conducts Equine Therapy. I am certified in this counseling modality. I also am certified as a life purpose coach.
What are you most passionate about in your field? My foremost passion is to help people find who they are and give them the skills to navigate the world they live in. My love of Christ facilitates my hope and calling to be compassionate and kind to those in my care.
What aspect of your teaching style is the most distinctive and/or memorable? My students often say it’s the feeling of acceptance I have for them and willingness to be there to help. They are comfortable coming to me when life seems hard.
What do you like to do for fun in your spare time? My husband and I enjoy renovating homes and furniture, and we spend a great deal of time with our family. I also am actively involved in our church, from leadership opportunities to mentoring women.
What is something interesting about you that most people don’t know? I was a commercial beekeeper’s daughter. Although I don’t have bees of my own, it is wonderful to share with others the benefits of beekeeping.