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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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By Dr. Jodee Jacobs
Research Specialist, College of Doctoral Studies

Dr. Jacobs was selected to represent GCU’s College of Doctoral Studies in attending the international conference for MAXQDA, Qualitative Software in Berlin Germany. Out of 30 poster submissions, Dr. Jacobs was one of the 19 selected to present her poster regarding her study on collaborative efforts between transition specialists and secondary special education teachers working with students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder transitioning from secondary to higher education. Her poster highlighted the results of the study along with demonstrating creative design, presenting the project’s overarching goals, methods, use of MAXQDA software and key results and discussion of study findings.

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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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The mission of Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies is to construct a unique doctoral experience for our learners by connecting them with faculty within an exciting learning community. We want to engage our students in the journey to becoming a scholar-practitioner. To do this, we use principles to develop programs grounded in adult learning theory while providing integrative, structured and learning-centered doctoral degrees.

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Natalie Johnson, a learner in Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program, recently received a prestigious honor: She was named a Top 5 Finalist from the State of Illinois for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

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Welcome to our first Faculty Spotlight! In these spotlights, you can get to know some of the accomplished faculty here at Grand Canyon University. You can also read their advice for your doctoral journey.

Our first spotlight is on Mendi Davis, EdD, who teaches dissertation, leadership and research courses to our diverse learners. 

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By Michael Berger, EdD
Dean, College of Doctoral Studies

Welcome to Scholarship Spotlight! In this feature, we highlight dissertations, scholarly articles and presentations from learners in the College of Doctoral Studies. We have another dissertation from one of our alumni, Dru Barisich, a graduate of Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Education (EdD) in organizational leadership program.

It can be easy to find a mentorship relationship when you are young and still a student. Mentorship relationships can take many forms: professor to student, church leader to church member and even older person to younger person.

But what happens when a student becomes a teacher?

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By Michael Berger, EdD
Dean, College of Doctoral Studies

Welcome to our first Scholarship Spotlight! Our Scholarship Spotlights highlight dissertations, scholarly articles and presentations from learners in Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies.

We are going to start with a dissertation from one of our alumni, James Taylor. Dr. Taylor graduated from GCU’s Doctor of Education (EdD) in organizational leadership program.

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