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Dissertation Abstracts

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.

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.


Summer 2014

A phenomenological investigation of counselor education students' co-teaching experiences with faculty during their doctoral training
Baltrinic, Eric R., Ph.D.
Counseling and Human Development Services
Co-directors of Dissertation: Martin Jencius, Ph.D.
                                             Jason McGlothlin, Ph.D. 

Investigating transmediation in the revision process of seventh grade writers
Batchelor, Katherine E., Ph.D.
Curriculum and Instruction
Co-directors of Dissertation: William P. Bintz, Ph.D.
                                             Denise N. Morgan, Ph.D. 


Experiencing intertextuality through authentic literature and meaningful writing in the middle school content area classroom
Ciecierski, Lisa, Ph.D.
Curriculum and Instruction
Co-directors of Dissertation: William P. Bintz, Ph.D.
                                             Kristine E. Pytash, Ph.D. 


Physiological and psychological effects of a 12-week faculty/staff exercise program in a university setting
Corbett, Duane Benjamin, M.S., Ph.D.
Exercise Physiology
Director of Dissertation: Ellen Glickman, Ph.D.

A narrative study of first-generation community college students' success in an unfamiliar environment-college
Craider, Holly L., Ph.D.
Higher Education
Director of Dissertation: Susan V. Iverson, Ph.D.

An analysis of the impact of social support and selected demographics on physical activity, dietary behavior and academic achievement among middle and high school students
Crawley, Manuella B., Ph.D.
Health Education and Promotion
Co-directors of Dissertation: Cynthia W. Symons, Ph.D.
                                              Kele Ding, Ph.D.

Getting in the game: A quantitative study of second-year student athletes' experiences utilizing existing data of the 2010 sophomore experiences national survey
Drummer, Talea R., Ph.D.
Higher Education
Director of Dissertation: Stephen B. Thomas, Ed.D.

Impact of communication modes on discussion in K-12 online education
Golden, Shawn, Ph.D.
Educational Psychology
Director of Dissertation: Drew Tiene, Ph.D.

Globalization through the eyes of the student: A phenomenological investigation of the graduate student experience in an international education environment
Korora, Aaron M., Ph.D.
Cultural Foundations
Director of Dissertation: Averil McClelland, Ph.D.


Increasing teacher awareness of self-determination
Michali, Yvonne E.., Ph.D.
Special Education
Director of Dissertation: Lyle Barton, Ph.D.

Facebook® addiction, intensive social networking site use, multitasking, and academic performance among university students in the united states and turkey: A multigroup structural equation modeling approach
Ozer, Ipek, Ph.D.
Evaluation and Measurement
Co-directors of Dissertation: Tricia Niesz, Ph.D.
                                              Jian Li, Ph.D.

The experimental effect of parental influence on children's physical activity
Rebold, Michael J., Ph.D.
Exercise Physiology
Director of Dissertation: Jacob E. Barkley, Ph.D.

Canadian identity, multiculturalism, and a cosmopolitan future
Silverman, Bryan A., Ph.D.
Cultural Foundations
Director of Dissertation: Natasha Levinson, Ph.D.

The relationship between teachers casual attributions for student problem behavior and teachers' intervention preferences
Simms, Andrea P., Ph.D.
Special Education
Co-directors of Dissertation: Melody J. Tankersly, Ph.D.
                                              Andrew L. Wiley, Ph.D.

It is in giving that we receive: The spirituality of special education administrators
Waters, Merritt Ferguson, Ph.D.
K-12 Leadership
Director of Dissertation: Catherine E. Hackney, Ph.D.