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Grants help fund faculty research and innovation

Research funding isn’t just for the ivory tower. Thanks to the Office of Scholarship Support (OSS), all University of Phoenix faculty members, online or at a campus, are eligible to apply for grants to support their own research and innovation.

Instructor’s nonprofit helps young people flourish

“I’ve devoted my life to telling young people they can lead productive, well-educated lives,” says Gladys Pearson, an online instructor in the general studies program for University of Phoenix, and founder and CEO of Making It To The Finish Line, a nonprofit mentoring program for youths ages 7 to 17. ...

Living in a straw house isn’t just a fairy tale

You might think straw houses only exist in “The Three Little Pigs.” But environmental engineer and University of Phoenix online instructor David Barraza discovered that a straw bale home is an inexpensive, eco-friendly option for the real world.

Social sciences faculty member prepares students to affect lives

University of Phoenix instructor Sherrie Segovia, who holds a doctorate in psychology, says the decision to study psychology, counseling or human services — what she calls “the helping professions” — is often deeply personal. A clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of experience, Segovia specializes in treating and supporting families who suffer from ...

U.S. instructor trains Omani nursing leaders

How do you maintain strong leadership on the job and improve performance?

Those were two key questions Richard Schuttler, PhD, sought to answer when he traveled to Oman this past February to help train nursing leaders in that Middle Eastern nation to be better at their jobs....

5 tips from successful faculty entrepreneurs

Much like Batman or Superman, many University of Phoenix faculty members lead double lives. But they’re not disguise-wearing crime fighters outside the classroom. Instead, they’re entrepreneurial superheroes.

Here, five faculty entrepreneurs describe how they got started and share ...

We can be heroes: A new book explains how

In high school, Richard Schuttler, PhD, got some advice from a history teacher that changed his life. Schuttler was planning to join the U.S. Navy but started waffling when his peers gave him a hard time.

“My teacher pulled me aside and said, ‘Don’t let other kids influence your ...

The best advice my father ever gave me

Advice comes from every corner of our lives, but there’s something about guidance from our fathers that can resonate for a lifetime. In honor of Father’s Day, we asked five University of Phoenix faculty members to tell us about the most meaningful advice their dads ever gave them. Here’s what they shared:...

Special agent protects kids from Internet crimes

Former police detective Anthony Maez’s retirement lasted less than a year, and he couldn’t be happier about it.

In 2008, soon after leaving a 20-year career with the Albuquerque Police Department, Maez joined the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office to help ...

Nursing instructor Andrea Warwick is always packed and ready to go — to disaster scenes

You’ve probably heard of the National Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but did you know the federal government also maintains an on-call emergency response force made up solely of medical personnel?

As a sign language interpreter, instructor Dana Taylor ensures nothing gets lost in translation

Some third-graders say they want to be firefighters or ballerinas when they grow up. Not Dana Taylor. She wanted to be an interpreter for the deaf. Even as a girl, she was fascinated that people could “talk” without actually speaking, she says.

5 black faculty members give back by teaching

In recognition of Black History Month, five University of Phoenix instructors talk about how the desire to contribute to their communities led them to the classroom. Although not all of them began their careers with the idea that they would teach, once they did, there was no turning back. Here are their stories:...

University of Phoenix School of Business faculty: Well-equipped for the classroom and boardroom

For many University of Phoenix School of Business faculty members, teaching is only one aspect of their work life. A lot of them have demanding professional careers — some at top companies — which enable them to bring real-world business examples into the classroom.

David Kenneth Waldman found his place in the world using his nonprofit to help African girls

David Kenneth Waldman had an epiphany that changed his life during a trip to Thailand in 1990. He had traveled to the northern Mekong River region to visit a young girl he’d been sponsoring financially through a nonprofit organization, Plan International.

Dean Curley takes education personally

Finding a career for life is uncommon these days. More elusive are the people who’ve worked for the same organization for most of their careers. Meredith Curley is one such rarity.

“It’s true: I’m a homegrown ‘Phoenix,’” Curley quips. The dean of the ...

What's the best business advice you ever heard?

You’ve probably heard all the platitudes about business, work, meetings and, well, life by now: Don’t beat a dead horse. Don’t sweat the small stuff. The squeaky wheel gets the oil.

They may be common words of advice, but they’re not that helpful. We asked ...

University grants $10,000 for dolphin research

Dolphins and sea lions are known for their intelligence, but are they smart enough to understand that objects still exist even when they’re hidden?

That’s what Rebecca Singer, a psychologist who specializes in animal behavior and cognition, and an instructor in the psychology program at ...

At University of Phoenix, those who can, teach

Becoming a faculty member at University of Phoenix is tough. Not only must applicants possess advanced degrees and a wealth of expertise in their fields, but they must also survive an intensive, four-week training course and demonstrate teaching ability under the watchful eye of a mentor. The process is so long, in fact, that the average time from filling out an ...

Dean James Ness offers a world of law enforcement experience to criminal justice students

For James Ness, PhD, dean of the University of Phoenix College of Criminal Justice and Security, a career that began as a small-town cop took anything but a predictable path. After rising to chief of police, Ness became a professor and then accepted law enforcement and training missions overseas in strife-torn countries....

New dean champions the humanities

For Robert Ridel, PhD, the new dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences at University of Phoenix, the humanities reach far beyond coursework. He believes these liberal arts subjects — history, philosophy, communication, the arts and cultural studies — have great value in the world outside the classroom....

Power tool: A new system analyzes online chatter

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could instantly find out what TV viewers thought of the latest “American Idol®” contestants — who wowed and who bombed? Ron Gdovic, an instructor of information systems and technology at University of Phoenix, has developed a way to do exactly that, by monitoring social media to track public opinion in real time....

Tech guru sees bright future for online education

Sitting on the runway on September 11, 2001, Kathleen Ives decided to pursue her doctorate in organizational leadership. “The terrorist attacks had just happened, and like everyone else in America, I took that moment to re-evaluate my life,” she says. “I wanted to reinvent myself, and the online learning platform at University of Phoenix allowed me to do just that.”...

Dean of Nursing, a transplant survivor, rallies for liver-disease awareness

Pam Fuller, dean of the University of Phoenix College of Nursing, knows she beat the odds. After struggling with life-threatening liver disease, she underwent a liver transplant. With her new lease on life, she's supporting the causes of liver health and organ donation — and will join the American Liver Foundation's upcoming Liver Life Walk....

The secret to her success

Kathy Gamboa discusses why she was named as one of the most powerful women in Nevada

What's it like to be a powerful woman? Just ask Kathy Gamboa, territory vice president for the University of Phoenix West/Central Region — she was named ...

Gone to the donkeys

He calls them by name: Moose and Ginger, Chief and Junior, Clementine and Goldie, Ranger and Jasper, Calamity Jane, Josie, Tumbleweed, Rosie, and Apache.

To be sure, Blair Smith, the dean and executive director of the College of ...