Online faculty impressed with GCU campus


Online teachers from several states attended a recent conference on counseling programs at GCU.

GCU News Desk

Online professors from across the country visited the Grand Canyon University campus for a two-day conference last week hosted by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Counseling Programs.

“I was already sold at the University, but now I appreciate the work that I do with the students even more,” said Dr Diedre Wade. “I am grateful to work with such a wonderful group of people. Being able to tour the campus and meet many of my colleagues fostered a sense of connection and belonging.

The conference included sessions on online teaching practices, burnout prevention, research publishing, and other topics, but building a community was a big plus.

“It was powerful to see faculty come together to connect, build community, and share ideas that will positively impact the growth and development of counseling programs,” said Dr. Anna Edgestondirector of the counseling program.

Added dr. Kim McCannOnline Faculty President: “The remote team concept is very effective for clinical mental health counseling, and the on-site faculty conference has further strengthened our sense of community and collaboration.”

Dr. Dara Brown echoes what many of the 23 visiting professors felt after doing campus tours.

“It really made me feel so connected to the University and to the students,” she said. “Working remotely can sometimes be so isolating, but having the chance to see colleagues face-to-face was so invigorating. There is such a divine presence at GCU, and I felt so welcomed. I loved being able to see and learn about all the amazing work GCU is doing with the local community and across the state of Arizona.

Here are the reactions of the other teachers who participated:

Dr. Latinia Mr. Shell“It has given me the opportunity to connect with colleagues in person, to benefit from quality professional development and to experience all the appeal of Grand Canyon University, including visiting the stadium of state-of-the-art football, touring the beautiful college campus, and experiencing the spirit-filled chapel service!I feel so privileged, honored, and blessed to be part of the GCU counseling faculty.

Dr. Misty Davis“It was a pleasure to visit GCU’s beautiful campus. It helped me feel connected to the University and to my peers. President Mueller’s vision for the future of the GCU is clear based on the exceptional progress that has already been made. I am excited for the next chapter of the University as well as mine with GCU.

Dr. Audra Toussaint: “With this visit. I learned that I have a community of like-minded professionals who are just a phone call or visit away. »

Dr. Patrice Bennett: “To participate in the development of being categorized as one of the best, you have to surround yourself with the best. The GCU meeting of our faculty conference allowed us to experience greatness on the GCU campus.

Dr D’Netra Smith“You realize there is power and strength in connection when you gravitate toward like-minded people who also need a sense of community.”

Dr Therese Chavaux: “My experience and takeaways are GCU Support. I have felt this support in all components of the wellness wheel (to provide a counseling approach): physical, intellectual, social, environmental, professional, financial and spiritual.


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