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Dissertations, 2010-present

2017

Applegate, Joel Daniel
Analysis of the Moral Judgement of Superintendents in Kansas and Nebraska
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Jeffrey Zacharakis
Brecht-Haddad, Daniel
Discovery, Video Self Confrontation and Intervention as a Means to Improve Quality and Motivation of Instrumental Practice
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Frederick Burrack
Creed-Dikeogu, Gloria Faith
Exemplary Online Information Literacy Courses at Selected Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Debbie Mercer
Diamond, Sarah D.
An Exploratory Study of the Motivation and Retention of Adult High-Functioning Volunteers in Community-Based Nonprofit Organization
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: W. Franklin Spikes
Fanning, Cristina Ann
Beliefs in the Crossroads: Teachers’ Personal Epistemology and Effective Practice for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Thomas Vontz  
Feyes, Andrew Dean
The Score Study Procedures of Three Collegiate Wind Band Conductors
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Frederick Burrack
Fisher, Holly B.
Exploring Programmatic Issues Which Effect Continuing Legal Education Practice in Kansas
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Co-major Professors: W. Franklin Spikes and David Thompson
Gunn, David Paul
Exploratory multi-case study of graduate education transfer of learning
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Royce Ann Collins
Hoekman, Annie Marie
Examining Patterns of Student Participation in Online Discussion Boards
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: W. Franklin Spikes
Janssen, Brett A.
A Preliminary Comparative Study of Rhythm Systems Employed Within the First-Year College Aural Skills Class
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Co-major Professors: Frederick Burrack and Phillip Payne
Lander, Teara Flagg
She Just Did: A Narrative Case Study of Black Women Student Leaders at a Predominately White Institution
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Kakali Bhattacharya  
Lee, Chance
The Global Nextdoor: A Case Study of University Study Away
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Thomas Vontz
Myers, Cheryl Dianne
Law Professors’ Existential Online Lifeworlds: An Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Thomas Vontz
Schwerdtfeger, Sara Elizabeth
Elementary Preservice Teachers and Elementary Teachers Knowledge of Mathematical Modeling
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Sherri Martinie

2016

Atkins, Charlene L.
A corequisite pathway for mathematics: pairing a developmental lab with a gateway course
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and instruction
Major Professor: Sherrie Martinie
Balluch, Felicity Marie
Early literacy instruction for first-grade students at-risk for emotional and behavioral disorders
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: James Teagarden
Berg, Paul Eric
An exploratory case study of the effects of gender related combat stress on adult learning in a military academic environment
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Major Professor: Sarah Jane Fishback
Burket, Dennis Samuel
The formative use of summative assessments at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School: a qualitative case study
Degree: Doctor of Education
Major Professor: Sarah Jane Fishback
Carlisle, Vincent Jerome
Understanding the effects of personal responsibility and environment on the development of self-directed learning: an exploratory study
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Sarah Jane Fishback
Civils, Timothy Howard
An assessment of the Command and General Staff Officer Core Course effectiveness in developing student critical thinking
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Royce Ann Collins
Cook, Kevin Marcus
The multicultural competence of entry level housing professionals in the upper midwest
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Major Professor: Christy Craft
Culkin, David Thomas
A need to heal: an autoethnographic bildungsroman through the shadows
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Major Professors: Kakali Bhattacharya and Royce Ann Collins
DeGroat, Arthur Stuart
Exploring the lived experience of the post 9-11 army veteran in transition toward a theoretical framework
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Major Professor: W. Franklin Spikes
Fairbanks, Amanda Jo
Relationship factors influencing doctoral student retention and success: a study of faculty advisor and doctoral student perceptions
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Linda Thurston
Finley, Lacey Renné
Undergraduate business students perceptions of teaching presence in online business courses
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Rosemary Talab
Fracchiolla, Claudia
Investigating a redesigned physics course for future elementary teachers
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Major Professor: Jacqueline Spears
Genereux, William E.
Exploring the impact of media literacy instruction and video projects in a college technology course
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Jacqueline Spears
Gott, Trisha Christina
Analysis of discourse and rhetoric in performance measures for research institutions in Kansas
Degree: Doctor of Education
Co-Major Professors: Kakali Bhattacharya and David Thompson
Janssen, Brett A.
A preliminary comparative study of rhythm systems employed within the first year of college aural skills class
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Co-Major Professors: Frederick Burrack and Phillip Payne
Kiser, Robert Reed
An Exploratory Study of the Efficacy of the U.S. Army Civilian Education System Basic Course
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership Major Professor: Jeffrey Zacharakis
Leiss, Jodie Diane
Narrative inquiry into the lives of physical education teachers: in pursuit of physical literacy
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Co-Major Professors: Jeong-Hee Kim and Sally Yahnke
Makani, Betty
Undergraduate business student perceptions of teaching presence in online classes
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Rosemary Talab
Marshall, Scott A.
Mathematics knowledge for teaching of elementary and secondary teachers with regards to division by fractions
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Major Professor: David Allen
Menefee, Morgan Elizabeth
Agrarian student acculturation to the university: the case of secondary agricultural education students
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Lotta Larson
Neufeld, Janet Kay
The superintendent’s role in teacher professional development
Degree: Doctor of Education
Major Professor: Donna Augustine-Shaw
Omar, Saud Abdulaziz
Concerns and professional development needs of faculty at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia in adopting online teaching
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Major Professor: Rosemary Talab
Ramaglia, Heather Marie
The flipped mathematics classroom: a mixed methods study examining achievement, active learning, and perception
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: David Allen
Tabor, Lisa Kay
Using a GIS-based framework to teach climate change in Kansas
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Jacqueline Spears
Thiele, Julie Michelle
Grading practices and mindset development: the growth of both
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Major Professor: Sherri Martinie
Tietjen, Laura
Service-learning pedagogy in teacher education: an examination of individual and group experiences
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Major Professor: Michael Holen
Van Der Werff, Jay A.
Exploratory study of graduate-level instructor’s perception of teaching critical thinking
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Major Professor: Royce Ann Collins

2015

Bishop, Jeffrey Scott
When the rehearsals stop: the reality of music making after high school orchestra
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Frederick Burrack
Bondo, Pedro Felisberto Miguel
The History of Angolan Education 1930-1980: The Convergence of Colonialism, Religion, and Decree
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Kay Ann Taylor
Botts, Kenneth Christopher
A selected historical analysis of the “Complete High School” Maize Kansas
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: David Thompson
Butler, Craig Delaney
Leadership in a race-based mentoring program: a case study of the program entitled “Can We Talk”
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Co-Major Professors: BeEtta Stoney and David Thompson
Dieker Larson, Erica Dawn
A study of the contribution of variables related to companion animals on positivity
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Fred Bradley
Dwyer, Jessica Hewitt
Just-in-time teaching in undergraduate physics courses: implementation, learning, and perceptions
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: N. Sanjay Rebello
Elmore, Jessica Lee
Exploring inter-organizational relationships in historically black colleges and universities: cooperation, coordination, and collaboration
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Trudy Salsberry
Gatson, Jacqueline Mariah
Industry – university engagement in multicultural engineering programs: an exploratory study
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Michael Holen
Genereux, William E.
Exploring the impact of media literacy instruction and video projects in a college technology course
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Jacqueline Spears
Gonzalez-Bravo, Jill Elaine
Investigating the development of possible selves in teacher education: pre-service teachers perceptions of hopes, fears, and strategies
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Trudy Salsberry
Holmes, JohnElla Jeanine
A space provided to listen: an interview study of African American and Latino alumni of agriculture STEM programs
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Kenneth F. Hughey
Howser, Debora Lynn
A multi-case study of principal practices supporting co-teaching in the context of the least restrictive environment
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Trudy Salsberry
Jackson, Derek Alan
First-year student retention: MAP-WorksTM early warning and intervention relationships
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Fred Bradley
King, Bernard F.
An analysis of federal aviation administration knowledge test scores and fatal general aviation accidents
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Fred Bradley
Laurence, Harold Allaire
An exploratory study of cognitive complexity at a military intermediate service school
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Sarah Jane Fishback
Lickteig, Amanda Diane
“I think I use them, but I’m not sure what each one is called”: Integration of multiple literacies in secondary social studies and science classes
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Todd Goodson
Love, James Robert
The impact of living in a fraternity home on the leadership identity development of its members
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Judith Hughey
MacDonald, Grizelda Lucille
Multiracial graduate students’ lived experiences
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Co-Major Professors: Christy Craft and BeEtta Stoney
McNemar, Stephanie
The power of literacy: special education students' perceptions of themselves as literate beings
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Jeong-Hee Kim
Menefee, Morgan Elizabeth
Agrarian student acculturation to the university: the case of secondary agricultural education students
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Lotta Larson
Nauerth, Deborah Anne
The impact of lesson study professional development on teacher self-efficacy and outcome expectancy
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Gail Shroyer
Ramaglia, Heather Marie
The flipped mathematics classroom: a mixed methods study examining achievement, active learning, and perception
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: David Allen
Splichal, Kevin Leroy
Lived experiences of two pre-service teachers from a midwestern rural university during internships
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Debbie Mercer
Wessel, Kelly Christine
Exploring citizenship through the lens of suburban middle school students and civic images
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Thomas Vontz

2014

Bland, Lendi Lea
Exploring the relationship between assessed dispositions and assessed student teaching success of teacher education candidates from an NCATE accredited teacher preparation program
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Gail Shroyer
Brown, Nozella Lee
How factors that potentially influence perceived self-efficacy affect the dietary habits of single, low-income African American mothers
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Royce Ann Collins
Chandler, Curtis S.
The influence of school factors on teacher efficacy in student engagement
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Paul Burden
Clark, Maria L.
Out of combat and into the classroom: how combat experiences affect combat veteran students in adult learning environments
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Sarah Jane Fishback
Custer, Kristy Gail
A study of perceptions of mothers, caregivers, and school-age children regarding educational experiences during maternal army reserve component deployments
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Trudy Salsberry
Diaz de Sabates, Gabriela Beatriz
How gender, ethnicity, and college experiences affect Latinas' undergraduate college persistence
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Kay Ann Taylor
Feit, Christopher Robert
Student ratings of instruction and student motivation: is there a connection?
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Doris Wright Carroll
Fisher, Robert Michael
The effects of a parenting program on parental stress and perception of child behavior
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Judith Hughey
Foy, Jo K.
Understanding sexual prejudice among midwestern pre-service and in-service teachers
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Jeong-Hee Kim
Gleiman, Ashley S.
Building informal leaders: a mixed-methods study of an army leadership development program for command team spouses
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Jeffrey Zacharakis
Grauer, Bette L.
Secondary science teachers’ use of the affective domain in science education
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Mike Perl and Kay Ann Taylor
Hamel, Julie Ann
Career camp : elevating expectations for college-going and career self-efficacy in urban middle school students
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Judith Hughey
Hilton, Bradley
Impacts of the leader team exercise on team performance
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Sarah Jane Fishback
Holt, Cora Ellen
A study exploring the perceived experiences of women who dropped out of GED preparation programs
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Royce Ann Collins
Jackson, Chad Allan
Corporate social responsibility training: exploring the antecedents to corporate social entrepreneurship
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Jeffrey T. Zacharakis
Knolton, Davin
Technological, pedagogical, content knowledge (TPACK): an exploratory study of adjunct faculty technology proficiency
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Royce Ann Collins
Kuhlmann, Kristen Lee
Research, development, and validation of a school leader’s resource guide for positive supports for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender (LGBT) students in schools
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: David Thompson
Laird, Susan Elise
How Latinas’ views of campus climate and gender role expectations contribute to their persistence at a two-year Hispanic serving institution
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Linda Thurston
Loschky, Miki Okuni
The role of questioning in creating situation models while reading in a second language: does explaining events in a text matter?
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Socorro Herrera
McCarty, Terrell Dwayne
Planning and developing advisory programs for the personalization of education: a handbook to guide school leaders of large high schools in Kansas
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Trudy Salsberry
Mittelberg, Julia
Challenges elementary teachers face when teaching military-connected students
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Paul Burden
Morton, Cleion Lucille
Exploring teacher emotional intelligence and its impact on school climate
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Robert Shoop
Schartz, Shane M.
The interrelationships of university student characteristics and the Keller ARCS motivation model in a blended digital literacy course
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Rosemary Talab
Smith, Kimberly Ann
Physicians in 21st century healthcare: developing physician leaders for the future
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Sarah Jane Fishback
Stegman, Bridget
A multiple-case study examining elementary principals in high-poverty schools with teachers integrating new literacies
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Trudy Salsberry
Walker, Adrian A.
The perceived impact of pre-service student teachers on the optimal learning environment of the students they teach and the teachers who mentor them
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy: Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Gail Shroyer

2013

Abdullah, Mohamad Ridhuan
Islamophobia & Muslims‘ religious experiences in the Midwest: proposing critical Muslim theory, a Muslim autoethnography
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Kay Ann Taylor
Briggs, Melissa
Picturing self empowerment: a phenomenological study of adolescent girls that self injure involved in phototherapy group work
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Judith K. Hughey
Finnegan, J. Michael
A phenomenological study of class leaders
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Doris W. Carroll
Freeby, Raymond
A phenomenological observation of two theatrical learning environments
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Educational Leadership 
Major Professor: Jeffrey T. Zacharakis
Hernandez Reyes, Christine M.
The sociocultural factors that influenced the success of non-traditional, Latina, pre-service teachers in a required online instructional media and technology course
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Major Professor: M. Gail Shroyer
Kamal, Bakor
Concerns and professional development needs of faculty at King Abdul-Aziz University in Saudi Arabia in Adopting Online Teaching
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Rosemary S. Talab
Loewen, David Allen
The Relationship of Motivational Values of Math and Reading Teachers to Student Test Score Gains
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Michael F. Perl
Martin, Joy Alison
Exploring secondary writing teachers’ metacognition: an avenue to professional development
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Lotta C. Larson
Norman, Lashaunda Renea
What is taking place in science classrooms?: a case study analysis of teaching and learning in seventh-grade science of one Alabama school and its impact on African American student learning
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Kay Ann Taylor
Pekarek, Brian David
Kansas school district leaders' handbook for maximizing nontraditional donations and grant funding
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Teresa N. Miller
Rhodes, Ashley Keller
The effect of teacher designed multimedia on student comprehension and retention rates within introductory college science courses
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Gail Shroyer
Schwandt, Jamie R.
Exiting foster care: a case study of former foster children enrolled in higher education in Kansas
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: W. Franklin Spikes
Selman, John Jr.
Barriers to participation in religious adult education: an exploratory study
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: W. Franklin Spikes
Vance, Charles David
An exploration of how U.S. Army officers attending the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College decide whether or not to attend graduate school: a qualitative case study
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Sarah Jane Fishback
Wiggins, David J.
Development and perceptions of rural arts experiences: a case study of the Marshall County Arts Cooperative
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Jana R. Fallin

2012

Ballew, M. Jean
Teachers’ perceptions of the influence of awards received for excellence in teaching early in their careers
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Janice Wissman
Barnes, Pamela Kay
Motivational conditions experienced by diverse adult learners in cohort-based accelerated degree programs: quantifying learner perceptions for assessment and enhancement of adult motivation to learn
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Sarah J. Fishback
Brantley, Jennifer
Liberal arts and sciences graduates’ reflections on their cooperative education experiences and career self-efficacy
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Christy Craft
Caswell, Heather C.
Captured images: a semiotic analysis of early 20th Century American schools
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: F. Todd Goodson
Duling, Karen S.
The principal's role in supporting professional learning communities
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Trudy A. Salsberry
Frost, Alice M.
Bully prevention, peer mediation and conflict resolution: impact of prevention programs on reducing school suspensions
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Linda Thurston
Glover, Jacob I.
Finding the right mix: teaching methods as predictors for student progress on learning objectives
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Aaron H. Carlstrom
Gooch, Deanna L.
Research, development, and validation of a school leader's resource guide for the facilitation of social media use by school staff
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Robert Shoop
Harrison, Terry L.
An exploratory study of educational participation issues confronting active duty Air Force personnel assigned to McConnell Air Force Base
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Jeff Zacharakis
Johnson, Roy
Community college first-year business student online course motivation
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Rosemary Talab
Jordan, Brian C.
A longitudinal study of selected impacts of the School District Finance and Quality Performance Accreditation (SDFQPA) Act on representative Kansas school districts, 2002-2011
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: David Thompson
Kahl, Daniel W.
Who makes community change for whom: the lived experience of civic leadership by citizens in a midwestern rural community
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Jeong Hee Kim
Kamal, Abdulrahman
Enabling factors and teacher practices in using technology-assisted project-based learning in Tatweer schools in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Rosemary Talab
Keller, Kerri Day
Examining internships as a high-impact educational practice
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Christy Craft
Lane, Jessica J.
Parental perceptions and the counselor role in kindergarten transition practices
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Judy Hughey
Moilanen, Jon H.
Intuitive decision making: tacit knowing in action by U.S. Armed Forces officers in 2011
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Sarah Jane Fishback
Morgan, Kristy
The college transition experience of students with ADHD
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling, & Student Affairs
Major Professor: Kenneth Hughey
Nakamura, Christopher Matthew
The pathway active learning environment: an interactive web-based tool for physics education
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Dean A. Zollman
Powers, Keith L.
Academic advising assessment practices: a descriptive study
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Kenneth F. Hughey
Stroh, Jeanne L.
A multi- case study of five female urban superintendents: perceptions of leadership, change, and challenges
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Trudy Salsberry
Thacker, Kelly L.
Lived experiences of low socioeconomic millennial generation college students
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Kenneth Hughey
Thielen, Sharon Leanne
Factors influencing urban students to major in agriculture
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Steven Harbstreit
Woods, Teresa Marie
Growing scientists: a partnership between a university and a school district
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Jeong-Hee Kim

2011

Ahmadi, Zia
Technology-enhanced project-based learning in a large undergraduate Anthropology lecture course
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Rosemary S. Talab
Bietau, Lisa Artman
Measuring civic knowledge: using the Delphi method to construct a civic knowledge inventory for elementary teachers
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professors: Margaret Gail Shroyer and Thomas S. Vontz
Curren, Hattie Yvonne
A quality health and physical education program making a difference for African American teenagers
Degree: Doctor of Education, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: John A. Hortin
Davis Dietz, Pamela Michelle
Factors that impact achievement and persistence of students in developmental courses receiving Pell Grants at the rural community college
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Sarah J. Fishback
Fernandez-Bergersen, Sandra L.
Mexican American women‘s perspectives of the intersection of race and gender in public high school: a critical race theory analysis
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Kay A. Taylor
Gossen, Larry Alan
A study of the membership of the national FFA alumni association: volunteering, loyalty, and benefits
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Steven R. Harbstreit
Grice, Cheryl Denise-Roshell
Diversity awareness perceptions among classified staff at a Midwestern Land Grant University
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Sarah Jane Fishback
Hernandez, Cecilia M.
The extent to which Latina/o preservice teachers demonstrate culturally responsive teaching practices during science and mathematics instruction
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Margaret G. Shroyer
Hwu, Shih-Hsung
Concerns and professional development needs of university faculty in adopting online learning
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction
Major Professor: Rosemary Talab
Jack, Ashlie R.
Word consciousness and individual application of academic vocabulary through written, oral, and visual response to historical fiction and nonfiction literature in fifth-grade social studies
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Lotta C. Larson
Kaiser, Carlene P.
A case study of a small Kansas public charter school to identify school-level factors perceived to have contributed to student success
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Teresa Miller
Kirchner, Shane
First-year teachers' dispositions: exhibited and perception of being taught
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Michael Perl
Leslie, Barry B.
Faculty perceptions of self-efficacy beliefs about facilitating discussions in small seminar classrooms: a mixed methods study
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Sarah Jane Fishback
Morales, Amanda Irwin Rodriguez
Factors that foster Latina, English language learner, non-traditional student resilience in higher education and their persistence in teacher education
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Margaret G. Shroyer
Scott, Robert Bruce
Do Kansas schools address multicultural needs of exceptional students in transition practices? A survey of special educators in grades 9-12 with direct experience in transition planning for culturally and/or linguistically diverse student
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
Major Professor: Warren J. White
Sherbert, Vicki Luthi
“Well, besides the fact that deployment kinda stinks…”: adolescent voices in literacy during military deployment
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: F. Todd Goodson
Springer, Dustin Michael
An examination of parental awareness and mediation of media consumed by fifth grade students
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: John A. Hortin
Walters, Danny D.
Graduate perceptions of customer service in institutions of higher learning
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: W. Franklin Spikes

2010

Aistrup, Shelley A.
Implementation strategies for effective change: a handbook for instructional leaders
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Teresa N. Miller
Al-Sarrani, Nauaf
Concerns and professional development needs of science faculty at Taibah university in adopting blended learning
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Rosemary S. Talab
Anderson, Mary Jo
Students with disabilities in general education settings: general education teacher preparation
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Special Education
Major Professor: Warren J. White
Barboza, Ana Lorena
Collegiate instructors’ perceptions and practices in integrating technology in Spanish language instruction
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professors: Lawrence C. Scharmann and Bradley A. Shaw
Coester, Lee (Leila) Anne
Listening to early career teachers: how can elementary mathematics methods courses better prepare them to utilize standards-based practices in their classrooms?
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Gail Shroyer and David Allen
Esping, Gretchen Revay
Case study of tenure-track early career faculty in a college of education
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Trudy A. Salsberry
Garrett, Barbara A.
Improving transition domains by examining self-determination proficiency among gender and race of secondary adolescents with specific learning disabilities
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: John A. Hortin
Herrera, John Christopher Sr.
Teacher beliefs and practices: their effects on student achievement in the urban school setting
Degree: Doctor of Education, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professors: Lawrence C. Scharmann and BeEtta L. Stoney
Holmberg, Susan D.
Music teachers’ perceptions: the role of music education in early literacy
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Jana R. Fallin
Hudson, Sarah E.
How does formal leadership influence a district content coaching program?
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Trudy A. Salsberry
Karis, Daniel Gerald
Preparing peacekeepers: an analysis of the African Contingency Operations Training, and assistance program command and staff operational skills course
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: W. Franklin Spikes
Keen, Julia
Retention of women architectural engineers in industry
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Secondary Education
Major Professor: Jacqueline D. Spears
Menke, Donna J.
“Inside the bubble”: a look at the experiences of student-athletes in revenue-producing sports during college and beyond
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Special Education
Major Professor: Christy D. Craft
Myers, Scott P.
A multiple regression analysis of six factors concerning school district demographics and superintendent tenure and experience in 2007-2008 schools relative to student achievement on the third grade Kansas reading assessments
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Tweed R. Ross
Peck, Laura Content
Learning experiences of adult African American women at selected Midwest postsecondary institutions
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Sarah Jane Fishback
Shea, Kevin Peter
The effects of combat related stress on learning in an academic environment
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Sarah Jane Fishback
Sponsel, Barbara J.
The impact of the infinite mathematics project on teachers' knowledge and teaching practice: a case study of a title IIB MSP professional development initiative
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professors: David S. Allen and Margaret G. Shroyer
Starkey, Alysia
Kansas academic librarian perceptions of information literacy professional development needs
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Rosemary S. Talab
Stramel, Janet K.
A naturalistic inquiry into the attitudes toward mathematics and mathematics self-efficacy beliefs of middle school students
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Margaret G. Shroyer
Teter, Richard B.
The development of a pre-service teacher evaluation database
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Tweed R. Ross
Thomas, Lisa Carol
Exploring second graders’ understanding of the text-illustration relationship in picture storybooks and informational picture books
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Marjorie R. Hancock
Tresner, Carey A.
A case study to identify and describe instructional strategies used in the eleventh grade language arts classroom to assist disadvantaged students in preparing for the state reading assessment
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Teresa N. Miller
Weber, William J. Jr.
Effects of requiring students to meet high expectation levels within an on-line homework environment
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Andrew G. Bennett
Weston, Dawn M.
Study of student perceived effectiveness of the delivery of distance education instruction at the United States Army Command and General Staff College
Degree: Doctor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Major Professor: Teresa N. Miller
White, Christopher K.
The communication of musical expression: as exemplified in jazz performance
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction Programs
Major Professor: Jana R. Fallin
Zelenka, Valerie Lynn
A case study of literacy instruction delivered to kindergarten struggling readers within the response to intervention model in three classroom settings
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Elementary Education
Major Professor: Marjorie Hancock