Faculty Focus: Brian Clark

BRIAN CLARK

College of Education

Brian Clark

Title: Online Full Time Faculty

Years at GCU: Eight years. Started at GCU as an academic counselor in the College of Theology in 2011. During that time I worked on my master’s degree with the goal in mind of becoming on online faculty member. Then in 2013 I was blessed to have an opportunity to transfer to the Online Full Time Faculty department for the College of Education.

Academic degrees: B.S. Music Education; M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership; working on Ed.D. in Organizational Development. Something interesting: All of my degrees are from GCU! I attended GCU as an undergraduate ground campus student in 2002, before the online college modality really took off.

Faculty scholarship (publications, scholarly presentations, fellowships, etc.): Not a lot of formal publications outside of GCU, but I have worked as a subject matter expert for the curriculum department on a couple of new courses. Also, I have presented to other faculty and university leadership about various technology teaching tools such us Remind.com and Loom Videos. Most recently, I presented at the Fall Faculty Conference as part of a team of OFTF regarding the use of Loom Videos to provide authentic visualized feedback to online students -- in the style of Dr. Seuss!

Notable employment in your field: Before working at GCU, I spent five years as a high school music teacher in the West Valley. I taught marching band, choir, guitar and piano classes. However, my passion and the class I enjoyed teaching the most during that time was choir. I think much of what I learned in these experiences has shaped how I approach education here at GCU. 

What are you most passionate about in your field? Helping others learn; I like to share knowledge! My high school students used to say that if they asked me what time it was, I would tell them how to build a watch. Proverbs 18:15: “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge.”

What aspect of your teaching style is the most distinctive and/or memorable? I try to get students to focus on learning and not worry so much about their grade. If you’re learning, the grade will follow. I try to incorporate videos and visuals in my online classes as much as possible to help support this. As of today, I have made 4,616 Loom videos for my students!

What do you like to do for fun in your spare time? I like to go camping with my family (though my spare time is quickly being filled with dissertation work). This camping often includes various off-roading, hiking and fishing adventures. For my friends who don’t like to go outside, I also thoroughly enjoy playing just about any board game. I play piano for a couple of churches and schools to stay plugged into the music community. 

What is something interesting about you that most people don't know? I play several instruments, including piano and saxophone, and can sing. I find playing the piano to be the most relaxing one. I also just recently learned how to solve a Rubik’s cube and have practiced to the point of solving one in fewer than five minutes. I learned this from an 8-year-old kid on YouTube … but he’s still faster.

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Bible Verse

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. (1 John 3:1)

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