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Doctoral chair’s talk inspires mother/son grad pair

June 09, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

When Spring Commencement was postponed because of COVID-19, the Graefe family still wanted to celebrate its two graduates: Jake, who had earned his bachelor’s degree, and his mother, Beth, who had just completed her dissertation defense. Beth asked her dissertation committee chair, Dr. JoAnn Foley Markette, if she would give a speech via Zoom for the impromptu ceremony, and Markette delivered a talk they won’t forget. “I got teary eyed because Dr. Markette said such beautiful things,” Beth said.

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A dissertation defense with danger like no other

May 22, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

What makes Dr. Brandon O’Neil’s doctoral degree so interesting is where he conducted his dissertation defense: via Zoom while he was on Air Force deployment in Saudi Arabia — and, on top of that, under the threat of a missile attack. Fortunately, it all went well.

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For dissertation help, this doctor is always in

May 20, 2020 / by / 3 Comments

After Dr. Yolanda Stokes earned her doctorate, she wanted to do something for the learners following in her footsteps. So she wrote a manual, “Starting to Finish: A Doctoral Journey,” and also meets with learners to help them even further. The College of Doctoral Studies provides similar assistance with its DC Network.

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Grad secures position with help from doctoral faculty

May 14, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

When a teaching job for Dr. Steven Mohler (pictured) depended on approval of his dissertation, the College of Doctoral Studies sped up the process. Mohler praised the work of his committee, led by Dr. Kevin McClean. “He was very helpful, very supportive and went to bat for me several times at the college to make sure that the process continued on,” said Mohler, who got the job.

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Doctoral faculty host virtual celebration for grads

May 11, 2020 / by / 3 Comments

The postponement of Commencement wasn’t going to stop the College of Doctoral Studies from celebrating its spring 2020 graduates — it just had to get creative. Friday morning, it hosted a virtual celebration of its graduates.

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COVID-19 can’t rain on this doctoral grad’s parade

May 01, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

Dr. Eric Peterson refused to let the postponed Commencement ceremony dampen his enthusiasm about earning a doctoral degree. But what stands out about his story is that he had virtually no time to prepare for defending his dissertation because he spent most of the day with his mother at a hospital. It still turned out fine. “God knew what I needed,” he said.

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She defied death to earn her doctoral degree

May 01, 2020 / by / 15 Comments

He was a gentle man from a loving family, she a tough woman with a Boston accent and a rough upbringing. But together they meshed. Together, they both got cancer — just weeks apart. Melissa Hathaway found the will to keep going toward her doctorate degree at GCU, and she feels her husband’s presence with her.

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Faculty Focus: Dr. Cristie McClendon

April 07, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Cristie McClendon, Senior Doctoral Adjunct Manager/Assistant Professor in the College of Doctoral Studies, has had a hand in a long list of articles about dissertations and online learning. She’d like to have a hand in something far different — think paws — when she retires.

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GCU quickly makes ground-to-online transition

March 23, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

GCU was ready for this. After ground students were sent home to finish their studies at home because of the COVID-19 outbreak, leaders and faculty kicked into high gear by sharing its vast storehouse of expertise on online learning to insure a seamless transition as online instruction begins today. “GCU has been at the forefront in its investment in technology. We are at a time when that investment allows us to function, quite literally,” said Dr. Seanan Kelly, assistant professor in the College of Doctoral Studies and an expert in online instruction.

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Doctoral degree had major impact on her career

March 11, 2020 / by / 2 Comments

Dr. Charlotte Wheeless’s journey to receiving her doctoral degree had it’s fair share of obstacles, one of which included the unexpected loss of her husband Gene just three months after her first residency. Yet she decided to persevere and since graduating in October has advanced in her career at Williams Baptist University from assistant professor to associate professor and was granted endowment for her chair position as well.

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