College of Doctoral Studies

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Doctoral graduate self-publishes leadership book

May 18, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

After Dr. Ray Phillips completed his dissertation and earned his doctoral degree from GCU, his chair recommended that he keep writing. It was the push he needed to write his first book, “Finding Joy in Leadership by Developing Trust You Can Count On,” which can be purchased on Amazon. The former Air Force officer is a pilot for Frontier Airlines, and the book has been used for a course in aviation leadership at the University of Kentucky.

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Commencement speaker wows crowd with fervor

April 26, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Keziah Tinkle-Williams’ Commencement speech at the first of seven ceremonies for online learners Monday morning was powerful. She shared with the audience her struggles with multiple sclerosis and the importance of slaying our inner dragons that can prevent us from reaching our goals. Her speech was so inspiring, it resulted in a number of outbreaks of applause. “Stop selling yourself short. Be your own hero,” she concluded.

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Doctoral graduates triumphed despite trying times

April 26, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Drs. Alyson Bell and Johnny Fielder are just two examples of overcoming adversity and emerging victorious despite the hardships they endured along the way to their doctoral degrees. Bell juggled raising three children as a single mother, working fulltime as an educator and acting as a caretaker for her parents as their health declined. Fielder’s doctoral pursuit never wavered, even when a wildfire destroyed his home, leaving him and his wife with nothing but the small collection of things they were able to grab before evacuating. Both defied the odds and celebrated their accomplishments at Monday morning’s Commencement ceremony.

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New doctoral program quickly produces 1st grad

January 06, 2022 / by / 1 Comment

Dr. Mary Dainty’s grandmother laid the foundation for her family’s academic drive by graduating with her doctorate at a time when women were rare in graduate programs. Dainty followed in her grandmother’s footsteps by not only being a member of the College of Doctoral Studies’ first cohort group in its new Counselor Education and Supervision program, but also becoming the program’s first graduate.

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GCU reaches 2,000 signed doctoral dissertations

December 22, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It’s been a productive 10 years for the College of Doctoral Studies. What started as eight graduates a year in 2011 to nearly 500 graduates in 2021, the college has just crossed off its next big milestone — reaching 2,000 signed dissertations once the college’s dean, Dr. Michael Berger, signed Dr. Kortney Song’s. The best part — Song’s chair, Dr. Nicholas Markette, was the college’s first graduate. “Doctoral degrees change lives,” Berger said. “Going through it changes your life, getting it changes your life, it changes the way you think, it changes the opportunities that are available to you, and that’s a lot of lives that have been impacted by Grand Canyon.”

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GCU is the glue for the inseparable ‘Drs. McCabe’

December 16, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

They earned their GCU degrees together, including their doctorates, and now Drs. Mike and Crystal McCabe are colleagues on the Online Full-Time Faculty. Their expertise in online education is rivaled by their family’s dedication in attending basketball games. “We all say at GCU that we bleed purple. They really bleed purple,” said Dr. Sheila Damiani, Faculty Chair for Online Full-time Faculty.

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Doctoral learner is still aiming high at age 80

December 01, 2021 / by / 4 Comments

Dorothy Galiger’s role as a military spouse didn’t end when her husband retired from the Army. It didn’t even end after he died in 2018. She continues to pay homage to him by pursuing a doctorate from GCU, focusing her dissertation topic on the challenges female Army reserve combat veterans face in trying to reintegrate into civilian life.. Oh, and there’s one other thing: Dorothy Galiger is 80 years old.

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Doctoral degree helped him fulfill a lifelong dream

November 04, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Corey Shaun Owens knew when he was 12 that he would need a doctorate to achieve his goal of becoming a college professor. He earned that degree last year and, after riding out the pandemic, used it to get a teaching job and eventually a program director role at the University of Louisville. He said it might not have been possible without his experience at GCU. “It was the period that allowed me to put the check next to that goal and say, ‘I now know that I can become a college professor at an institution because of Grand Canyon University,’” he said.

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Foster care, homeless, dyslexic … and a doctorate

August 08, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Foster care, homelessness, dyslexia — you name it and Dr. Danisha Keating lived it. After constantly being told that she was a statistic who wouldn’t amount to anything past high school, Keating successfully proved her naysayers wrong by not only earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees but also a doctorate. “If it wasn’t for GCU’s doctoral program and the way that it’s structured, I would not have been able to know where to start,” she said. “I don’t think I would have been successful anywhere else.”

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What a journey: There was danger in this doctorate

July 30, 2021 / by / 3 Comments

Dr. Shakta Man Ghale literally climbed mountains to finally get his Doctor of Business Administration degree. During his doctoral journey, the Nepal native had to overcome internet and electricity issues, an earthquake, days of travel up and down steep mountains by foot and even encounters with Nepali leeches. But this summer, Ghale’s years of persistence finally paid off with the signing of his dissertation. “I definitely feel proud,” he said. “I really appreciate the GCU team and the opportunity that GCU has given me.”

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