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Faculty Focus: Dr. Nicholas Markette

January 13, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Nicholas Markette was a successful businessman but wanted something more than profit margins. He turned to education and revels in his role as a Senior Doctoral Adjunct Supervisor in the College of Doctoral Studies. He treasures being able to help learners, even after they graduate, and he also has found value in his role as the head of the largest youth sports organization in the state.

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Residency friendship turns into business partnership

December 29, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

What started as a friendship between two doctoral learners turned into a business partnership with ties to two different countries. Eugene Frimpong and Kevin Abankwa, along with colleague Carlos Osofu, created data analytics company The Analytics Professionals. “It is basically business consulting, but our emphasis is in data analytics,” Abankwa said. “Most of our clients are going to be businesses who are trying to figure out and make sense of their data.”

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Faculty Focus: Dr. Andree Robinson-Neal

November 18, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

Dr. Andree Robinson-Neal, Senior Doctoral Adjunct Faculty Manager for the College of Doctoral Studies, is passionate about helping learners who are early in the research process. That’s high-level work, but what’s also interesting is the way she uses her passion for writing fiction by weaving non-academic narratives into academics.

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Doctoral instructor shares key message in TEDx talk

November 12, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

After getting dismissed from her college music program, Dr. Cheryl Lentz let that feeling of failure persuade her into quitting music. Little did she know that what she considered a failure would lead to a career that she loves — she’s an educator and public speaker. It also led to another dream: giving a TEDx talk about the importance of looking at failure with a positive perspective.

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Faculty Focus: Dr. Derrick Tennial

November 10, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Derrick Tennial has a lot going on. He’s a member of the College of Doctoral Studies faculty …. and its residency faculty … and is a dissertation chair. He is a narrative researcher. He has a media company. He has a stake in an investment company that seeks to provide quality, affordable housing for middle- to low-income individuals and families. And he talks passionately about a variety of subjects — including a type of television show that might be a bit surprising.

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Doctoral learner, GCE board member wins award

November 06, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Chevy Humphrey’s journey to becoming the President and CEO of the Arizona Science Center was not easy. But her inspirational story made her the winner Friday of the Public Sector category in the 2020 ATHENA Awards. Humphrey is a member of the Board of Directors for Grand Canyon Education and also is finalizing work on a doctoral degree from Grand Canyon University.

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Faculty Focus: Dr. Theodus Luckett III

October 28, 2020 / by / 5 Comments

Dr. Theodus Luckett III, Senior Doctoral Adjunct in the College of Doctoral Studies, is devoted to improving music education — he is the Director of Fine Arts for his school district. He also is partnering on a study of diversity issues with the goal of providing “researchers, practitioners and leaders with meaningful knowledge to not only encourage diversity, but to also be intentional in the implementation of diversity initiatives in the workplace.”

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Faculty Focus: Dr. Twyla Williams-Damond

October 06, 2020 / by / 2 Comments

Dr. Twyla Williams-Damond has many roles in the College of Doctoral Studies, including dissertation chair and faculty lead for the Institutional Review Board. But she also used her expertise to create the Williams Scholar Charter Management Organization, and she also was this year’s winner of her college’s Leadership in Research and Scholarly Activity Award.

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Lopes fans! ARE YOU READY … for Dr. Danuser?

September 11, 2020 / by / 3 Comments

Paul Danuser is widely known on campus as an exuberant public address announcer for GCU Athletics. But in his other life as an Assistant Professor and student, he was playing the long game of completing his doctoral degree. In August, he finally won. Dr. Paul Danuser shared what the experience was like, the importance of being a lifelong learner and what he hopes to do next.

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Mom wouldn’t rest until daughter attained her dream

September 02, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

Beverly Galbreath gave up a chance at higher education because she was raising her family, but she was determined that her only daughter wouldn’t suffer the same fate. Now she can look proudly at Dr. Trish Galbreath-Varner, who not only is the family’s first college graduate — she has earned her doctorate.

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