Dissertations

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.


 

2020-2021 Academic Year Abstracts:

Fall 2020

A Q-methological study of self-perceptions of Saudi mothers pursuing university degrees in the United States

Almuhajiri, Merfat, Ph.D.

Evaluation and Measurement

Co-Directors of Dissertation:

  • Steven R. Brown, Ph.D.
  • Jason Schenker, Ph.D.

 

Investigating the flipped classroom in undergraduate Educational Psychology

Arner, Tracy

Educational Psychology

Director of Dissertation:

  • Bradley J. Morris, Ph.D.

 

Second Language Learners Undergoing Culture Shock: Perceptions of English Language Teaching Method

Bakhsh, Jameel J.,

Curriculum and Instruction

Co-Directors of Dissertation:

  • William P. Bintz, Ph.D
  • Stephen A. Mitchell, Ph.D.

 

Life designing in a collegiate career course: Thepost-course narratives of students who completed a life design career course

Calapa, Amy K., Ph.D.

Higher Education Adminstration

Director of Dissertation:

  • Mark Kretovics, Ph.D.

 

Aligning the necessary competencies for training and evaluating online teachers in higher education with Chickering and Gamson's Seven Principles for Effective Undergraduate Teaching:
A Q methodology study

Giannamore, Kathleen A., Ph.D.

Educational Psychology

Co-Directors of Dissertation:

  • Elena Novak, Ph.D.
  • Jiahui Wang, Ph.D.

 

A systematic review and meta-analysis of cognitive behavioral therapy for children and adolescents with autism and anxiety

Haupt, Rachel L., Ph.D.

School Psychology

Director of Dissertation

  • Richard J. Cowan, Ph.D.

 

The effecto of  guided goal setting on the motivation and achievement of eighth grade students in an international baccalaureate middle years program: A pilot study

Layman, Deborah L., Ph.D.

Educational Psychology

Director of Dissertation:

  • Bradley Morris, Ph.D.

On the nature of academic rankings: The relationship between the academic rankings' quality of education and the curriculum in Ph.D. C&I programs in America

Pang, Xing Ph.D.
Curriculum and Instruction

Co-directors of Dissertation:

  • Stephen Mitchell
  • Karl W. Kosko Ph.D.

From problem to possibilities: shifts in early childhood preservice teachers' noticing of K-1 writers

Roginski, Dawn R., Ph.D.

Curriculum and Instruction

Director of Dissertation:

  • Lori G. Wilfong, Ph.D.

 

 

 

Spring 2021

Experiencing preferred teaching narratives: a phenomenological study of exemplary counselor educators

Alexander, Hilary J.P., Ph.D.

Counselor Education and Supervision

Director of Dissertation:

  • Jane A. Cox, Ph.D.

 

Automated growth mixture model fitting and classes heterogeneity deduction: Monte Carlo simulation study

Alhadabi, Amal M., Ph.D.

Evaluation and Measurement

Director of Dissertation:

  • Jason Schenker, Ph.D.

 

Comparison of the leukocyte response to interval exercise versus continuous exercise

Arroyo, Eliott, Ph.D.

Exercise Physiology

Director of Dissertation:

  • Adam R. Jajtner, Ph.D.

 

Exploring students' experiences of concept-based learning in an asynchronous online pharmacology course: an interpretive study

Kotsch, Janeen S.

Curriculum and Instruction

Co-Directors of Dissertation:

  • Alicia R. Crowe, Ph.D.
  • Jennifer Walton-Fisette, Ed.D.

 

Resilience as a predictor of non-medicinal use of prescription drugs among college students

Muster, Rachael L., Ph.D.

Counselor Education and Supervision

Co-Directors of Dissertation:

  • Jane A. Cox, Ph.D.
  • Lynne Guillot Miller, Ph.D.

 

The use of conceptual and practical tools to teach writing in fourth grade online classrooms: a multiple case study

Nigh, Jennifer L., Ph.D.

Curriculum and Instruction

Director of Dissertation:

  • Kristine E. Pytash, Ph.D.

 

Resistance exercise alone or in combination with caffeine on autonomic modulation and arterial stiffness

Paskert, Meredith C., Ph.D.

Exercise Physiology

Director of Dissertation:

  • J. Derek Kingsley, Ph.D.

 

A sequential explanatory mixed metod research study of teachers' perceptions and perspectives of high quality movement in the classroom

Widmer, Franziska, Ph.D.

Curriculum and Instruction

Director of Dissertation:

  • Jennifer Walton-Fisette, Ed.D.

 

 

Summer 2021

Al Matar, Waseem, Ph.D.
Audiology
Co-Directors of Dissertation:
  • Anna M. Schmidt, Ph.D.
  • Mark Krumm, Ph.D.
Aydogan, Mustafa, Ph.D.
Counselor Education and Supervision
Co-Directors of Dissertation:
  • Jason McGlothlin, Ph.D.
  • Marty Jencius, Ph.D.
 
Marsden, Courtney Lee Wade, Ph.D.
Evaluation and Measurement
Director of Dissertation:
  • Aryn C. Karpinski, Ph.D.
 
Newman, Stephanie Lynn, Ph.D.
Higher Education Adminstration
Co-Directors of Dissertation:
  • Tara D. Hudson, Ph.D.
  • Stephen B. Thomas, Ed.D.
 
Raimbekova, Lolagul, Ph.D.
Curriculum and Instruction
Director of Dissertation:
  • Monica Miller Marsh, Ph.D.
 
Soyturk, Ilker, Ph.D.
Research, Measurement, & Statistics
Director of Dissertation:
  • Aryn C. Karpinski, Ph.D.
 
Wiet, Ryan, Ph.D.
Exercise Physiology
Director of Dissertation:
  • Jacob Barkley, Ph.D.
 
Young, Eric, Ph.D.
Higher Education Administration
Director of Dissertation:
  • Tara D. Hudson, Ph.D.