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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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Digital technology is having a huge impact on commerce as the Industrial Revolution did during the 18th and 19th centuries—and things are changing far more quickly than they did back then. If you choose to enroll in the Doctor of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing degree program from Grand Canyon University, you’ll explore a modern, relevant curriculum that includes a look at the interplay of digital technology and consumer behavior.

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Industrial-organizational psychologists are experts in applying the principles of the scientific method to workplace challenges. They work with individuals, teams and organizations to enhance productivity, promote employee wellness and train effective workplace leaders. Change management is a major component of organizational psychology, as change is one of the few universal constants in any industry and any company.

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Are you interested in furthering your career by learning how to optimize various environments for success? If so, then you may benefit from earning Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology.

Learners in this program delve into research, statistical analysis and evidence-based outcomes with the goal of improving the use of technology and research in various environments, such as educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. Read on for an introduction to what you will learn while earning this degree.

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All human beings are products of their social environments. Social psychology is a fascinating field of study that explores the ways in which individuals are influenced by others. Specifically, it focuses on the thoughts, behaviors and feelings of individuals as influenced by the presence of other individuals, including the implied, imagined, or actual presence of those people. Some social psychologists choose to study a subspecialty of this field, called social cognition.

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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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