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Grand Canyon University’s innovative doctoral degree programs prepare learners for leadership roles in their professions, communities and society. Our dynamic online learning community, integrated dissertation process, wealth of resources and collaborative environment support a successful and meaningful doctoral journey. We believe earning a doctoral degree is a journey and similar to climbing a mountain—challenging, invigorating and completely rewarding when you reach the top. Our goal is to help you conquer your own mountain and succeed on your doctoral journey. Readers of The Doctoral Journey blog, presented by the College of Doctoral Studies, will find resourceful and knowledgeable posts regarding the doctoral process, research best practices and dissertation tips among other topics from GCU’s doctoral faculty.
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Your first week as an official PhD candidate will feel like the start of an exciting adventure. Although before you can begin working on a literature review, you’ll need to obtain a reliable computer, plenty of office supplies and a really comfortable desk chair. You’ll also need figure out how to organize your research. Don’t wait to implement an organizational system—before you know it, you’ll have reams of paper and you won’t be able to find anything. The following tips can help you establish an organizational system that works best for you.

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“Publish or perish” is a familiar saying in academia. While the situation is not quite that pressing, postdoctoral professionals do start to feel the pressure to publish early on because it establishes their credibility and fleshes out their resumes. Since your dissertation is based on your own original research, there is nothing holding you back from getting some extra mileage out of it by turning it into a series of journal articles.

For further information and best practices to help guide you through publishing your dissertation, the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching (CIRT) offers a Dissertation to Publication online training program.

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Jerry Colangelo is a devout Christian with over 40 years of sports business experience. Colangelo is responsible for bringing many professional sports teams to Phoenix, including the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Coyotes and Phoenix Mercury. With his work ethic and vast industry experience, it is no wonder Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business is his namesake.

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Cross-cultural competency is a critical skill in today’s global economy, but what exactly does it mean? It is often misinterpreted as being the same as international etiquette. If you are on a business trip to Japan, for instance, it is helpful to know that the Japanese use silence as a tool to preserve harmony during a difficult point in the conversation. But although cross-cultural competency pays homage to international etiquette, it is a far broader concept. As a professional with a leadership role in higher education, cross-cultural competency is central to furthering your mission.

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Most educators enter the profession because they have an enduring desire to improve the world around them by supporting and guiding the next generation of young learners. One way you may choose to change lives is by entering a career in special education. At Grand Canyon University, you will have the opportunity to grow as an educator and to learn how to assume a positive leadership role within your school community. By the time you earn your Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Special Education degree, you will be prepared for the opportunity to succeed on any level—from family advocate to teacher to administrator to policymaker.

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As a teacher, you have the opportunity to inspire and empower others to strive for personal fulfillment and to make the world a better place. At Grand Canyon University, it is our mission to give you the tools you need to accomplish this. Apply today for our Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Adult Learning degree program to enhance your ability to help others reach new heights.

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Every educator is a leader, but leadership does not always come naturally to every educator. Fortunately, leadership is a skill that you can improve through higher education and experience. You may find it helpful to take a close look at the leaders you admire, whether they were educators or not. Figure out which qualities of those individuals made them most effective and strive to cultivate those qualities in yourself.

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Grand Canyon University is a widely acclaimed Christian school that prides itself on rigorous curricula and supportive student services. Some of our learners enter our College of Theology and then go on to work toward doctoral degrees in our College of Doctoral Studies. If you have determined that your calling in life is to enter into the ministry, we invite you to apply for our Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry. Our Christian university interdenominational.

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