Conceptualization and implementation of independent research through the dissertation process is the culmination of doctoral study.

Prior to the dissertation process, doctoral candidates should familiarize themselves with policies and procedures described in the Handbook for Ph.D. Students and Advisors and the Guidelines for Preparation of Theses and Dissertations.

The Office of Administrative Affairs and Graduate Education examines all College and Graduate School of Education, Health, and Human Services dissertations prior to filing with the University Libraries. We are fortunate to have many highly productive doctoral program areas which generate and produce a considerable number of dissertations. Doctoral candidates use guidelines from the Ph.D. Handbook in the completion of their dissertation.

Find A Dissertation

The dissertation abstracts listed below are intended to give readers an awareness of the numerous issues covered as well as to provide a reference list about topics impacting professional education.


 

Current Abstracts:

Spring 2019

The Saudi teacher experience with a constructivist curriculum reform

Alazzaz, Hamad Abdullah., Ph.D.

Curriculum and Instruction

Director of Dissertation:

  • James G. Henderson, Ed.D.

 

Discovering the art and science of pediatric nursing: undergraduate pediatric nursing students’ experiences with journaling in a pediatric clinical rotation

Ancona, Ann C., Ph.D.

Curriculum and Instruction

Director of Dissertation:

  • William Kist, Ph.D.

 

A multiple case study of how semester-long education abroad students come to know themselves while studying abroad

Davis, Elizabeth M.

Higher Education Administration

Director of Dissertation:

  • Martha Merrill, Ph.D.

 

Synthesizing undergraduate college student persistence: A meta-analytic structural equation model

Dolan, Amanda A., Ph.D.

Evaluation and Measurement

Director of Dissertation:

  • Jian Li, Ph.D.

 

Supervisor attachment styles and interventions in response to supervision alliance ruptures in supervisees providing substance use disorder treatment

Giegerich, Victoria, Ph.D.

Counselor Education and Supervision

Co-Directors of Dissertation:

  • Cynthia J. Osborn, Ph.D.
  • Phillip D. Rumrill, Ph.D.

 

Three-quarters college student: a multiple case study of dual credit at a high school and on a college campus

Hart, Lisa K., Ph.D.

Curriculum and Instruction

Director of Dissertation

  • William Kist, Ph.D.

 

Empathy and intelligence as a predictor of cognitive complexity in counseling students

Hayes, Staci A., Ph.D.

Counselor Education and Supervision

Co-directors of Dissertation:

  • Jason McGlothlin, Ph.D.
  • Martin Jencius, Ph.D.

 

The experiences of emerging adults with juvenile onset muscular dystrophy: implications for counselors

Jager, Kelsey A., Ph.D.

Counselor Education and Supervision

Co-directors of Dissertation:

  • Jason McGlothlin, Ph.D.
  • Martin Jencius, Ph.D.

 

Faculty life in an illiberal state: Hungarian collegiate faculty work life vignettes

Jewell, Jessica M., Ph.D.

Higher Education Administration

Director of Dissertation:

  • Martha Merrill, Ph.D.

 

The effects of gender pairings on performance and attitudes during serious gaming

McCombs, Kristin M., Ph.D.

Educational Psychology

Co-Directors of Dissertation:

  • Albert L. Ingram, Ph.D.
  • Richard E. Ferdig, Ph.D.
  • Sonya L. Wisdom, Ph.D.

 

Experiences of Chinese higher education faculty members at American universities and their consistency with China’s world-class university reform policy

Ni, Liangtao, Ph.D.

Cultural Foundations

Director of Dissertation:

  • Vilma Seeberg, Ph.D.

 

A quantitative-forward mixed methods study examining reported distress by international students in juris doctorate programs at U.S. midwestern law schools

Pfahl, Michael R., Ph.D.

Higher Education Administration

Director of Dissertation:

  • Martha Merrill, Ph.D.

 

Faculty perspectives on independent accreditation of pedagogical programs in Kyrgyzstan

Ryskulova, Chynarkul S., Ph.D.

Higher Education Administration

Director of Dissertation:

  • Martha Merrill, Ph.D.

 

Inconsistent Holland vocational personality patterns: a multiple case study of origins, experience, development and career implications

Savickas, Suzanne, Ph.D.

Counsel/Human Development Services

Co-Directors of Dissertation:

  • Jason McGlothlin, Ph.D.
  • Steve Rainey, Ph.D.

 

Role of structure of equations in identifying students’ conception of equivalence

Singh, Rashimi, Ph.D.

Curriculum and Instruction

Director of Dissertation:

  • Karl W. Kosko, Ph.D.

 

Investigating the role of example type in interleaved practice

Todaro, Rachael D., Ph.D.

Educational Psychology

Director of Dissertation:

  • Bradley Morris, Ph.D.

 

Meaningful intercultural practice: an American and international graduate students on a U.S. campus

Zhang, Tianhong, Ph.D.

Cultural Foundations

Director of Dissertation:

  • Vilma Seeberg, Ph.D.

 

Summer 2019

Black male collegians cultivating success: critical race aspiration ethos

N.J. Akbar, Ph.D.

Cultural Foundations

Director of Dissertation:

  • Wilma Seeberg, Ph.D.

 

The perceptions of alignment between advanced placement calculus AB and college calculus I: a mixed methods study of instructional strategies, curriculum and assessment

Anita Alexander, Ph.D.

Curriculum and Instruction

Director of Dissertation:

  • Karl W. Kosko, Ph.D.

 

Investigating knowledge, stress prevalence, and stressors in relation to stress and stress management practices among medical students in Taif University, Saudi Arabia

Waleed Z. Alshahrani, Ph.D.

Health Education and Promotion

Co-Directors of Dissertation:

  • Kele Ding, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Donna Bernert, Ph.D.

 

Nepalese-Bhutanese refugee youth in northeast Ohio public schools: challenges to integration

Radha K. Bodapati, Ph.D.

Cultural Foundations

Director of Dissertation:

  • Vilma Seeberg, Ph.D.

 

The intentions of mid-life women to search for sexual health information online

Julie Chaya, Ph.D.

Health Education and Promotion

Director of Dissertation:

  • Donna J. Bernert, Ph.D.

 

A study on how non-matriculated Chinese and Saudi students perceive their language learning experience in an ESL context at a U.S. university

Murat Dagistan, Ph.D.

Curriculum and Instruction

Director of Dissertation:

  • Todd Hawley, Ph.D.

 

How principals enact instructional leadership in K-5 urban schools

Barbara S. Hawley, Ph.D.

Educational Administration K-12 Leadership

Co-Directors of Dissertation:

  • Rosemary Gornik, Ph.D.
  • Stephen Mitchell, Ph.D.

 

Mitigating Risk: a legal and quantitative study of institutional actions in the development and implementation of undergraduate education abroad programs

Sarah M. Hull, Ph.D.

Education Administration Higher Education

Director of Dissertation:

  • Stephen B. Thomas, Ph.D.

 

A phenomenological investigation of men’s experiences of masculinity while using medical testosterone

Paul D. Knobloch, Ph.D.

Counselor Education and Supervision

Co-Directors of Dissertation:

  • Martin Jencius, Ph.D.
  • Jason McGlothlin, Ph.D.

 

The problematization of access and educational opportunity in higher education: a poststructural policy analysis

Dana Lawless-Andric, Ph.D.

Cultural Foundations

Director of Dissertation:

  • Vilma Seeberg, Ph.D.

 

A comparison of computer-based and robotic programming instruction: impact of scratch versus cozmo on middle school students’ computational thinking, spatial skills, competency beliefs, and engagement

Shannon Marshall Smith, Ph.D.

Educational Psychology

Director of Dissertation:

  • Elena Novak, Ph.D.

 

Test environment for optimal performance in high school students: measure development and the relationship with standardized test scores

Randal J. Rair, Ph.D.

Evaluation and Measurement

Director of Dissertation:

  • Aryn Karpinski, Ph.D.

 

“Am I fractured or whole?”: exploring central Asian female students’ self-identity in American graduate schools

Mayagul Satlykgylyjova, Ph.D.

Cultural Foundations

Co-Directors of Dissertation:

  • Natasha Levinson, Ph.D.
  • Martha C. Merrill, Ph.D.

 

An examination of parental involvement and reaction to preschool special education eligibility determination

Nicole R. Shannon, Ph.D.

School Psychology

Director of Dissertation:

  • Karla Anhalt, Ph.D.

 

Early childhood education preservice teachers’ perceptions on play

Ilfa Zhulamanova, Ph.D.

Curriculum and Instruction

Co-Directors of Dissertation:

  • Monica Miller Marsh, Ph.D.
  • Martha Lash, Ph.D.

 

Fall 2019

MD Amiruzzaman, Ph.D.
Evaluation and Measurement
Co-Directors of Dissertation:
  • Tricia Niesz, Ph.D.
  • Karl W. Kosko, Ph.D.
Robin Archer, Ph.D.
Counselor Education and Supervision
Co-Directors of Dissertation:
  • Cassandra Storlie, Ph.D.
  • J. Steve Rainey, Ph.D.
Michael S. Bell, Ph.D.
Education Administration Higher Education
Director of Dissertation:
  • Stephen B. Thomas, Ed.D.
 
Cheryl Brady, Ph.D.
Curriculum and Instruction
Director of Dissertation:
  • Todd S. Hawley, Ph.D.
 
Andrew Cerniglia, Ph.D.
Educational Psychology
Director of Dissertation:
  • Bradley J. Morris, Ph.D.
 
Jennifer R. Lyles Jones, Ph.D.
Cultural Foundations
Director of Dissertation:
  • Natasha Levinson, Ph.D.
 
Ediz L. Kaykayoglu, Ph.D.
Educational Psychology
Director of Dissertation:
  • Richard Ferdig, Ph.D.
 
Alma Moore, Ph.D.
Counselor Education and Supervision
Co-Directors of Dissertation:
  • Jane A. Cox, Ph.D.
  • Cynthia J. Osborn Ph.D.
 
Jennifer L. Schneider, Ph.D.
Curriculum and Instruction
Director of Dissertation:
  • James G. Henderson, Ph.D.
 
Rachel L. Seifert, Ph.D.
Curriculum and Instruction
Director of Dissertation:
  • Janice Kroeger, Ph.D.
 
Kristen Laura Srsen Kenney, Ph.D.
Curriculum and Instruction
Director of Dissertation:
  • William Kist, Ph.D.
 
Jennifer A. Waugh, Ph.D.
Counselor Education and Supervision
Co-Directors of Dissertation:
  • Cynthia J. Osborn, Ph.D.
  • Martin Jencius, Ph.D.
 
Michael Weatherford, Ph.D.
Counselor Education and Supervision
Co-Directors of Dissertation:
  • J. Steve Rainey, Ph.D.
  • Martin Jencius, Ph.D.