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Ochas Kashinge Pupwe
Doctor of Philosophy
Economics
Three Essays on Racial Wage Differentials in South Africa
Monday, December 1, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
5302 Friedmann Hall


 

Courtney Gale Deloney
Doctor of Philosophy
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Psychological and Social Variables Impacting Young Adults Caring for Severely Mentally Ill Mothers
Friday, November 21, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
3120 Sangren Hall


 

Robert Elisha Musookho Kagumba
Doctor of Philosophy
Science Education
Uganda Science Teacher Educators: A Concurrent Mixed Methods Investigation of Nature of Science, Pedagogy and Classroom Learning Environment Perspectives
Friday, November 7, 2014
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
2734 Wood Hall


 

Walter Jensen
Doctor of Philosophy
Sociology
Eric Fromm’s Contribution to Sociological Theory
Friday, November 7, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
3205 Sangren Hall


 

James R. Jobe
Doctor of Philosophy
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
The Relationship between Racial Ambiguity and Self- Concept in Multiracial Individuals
Friday, November 7, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
3120 Sangren Hall


 

Hector Chavez
Doctor of Philosophy
Computer Science
Maintaining Consistency between a Design Model and Its Implementation
Friday, November 7, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
C-124, Parkview Campus


 

Racha El Kadiri
Doctor of Philosophy
Geosciences
An Integrated Approach (Remote Sensing, GIS Engineering, Data Mining) for Modeling, Assessing and Mitigating Environmental Hazards in Mountainous Terrain
Thursday, November 6, 2014
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
1192 Rood Hall


 

Andre Fields
Doctor of Philosophy
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
The Effects of Systemic Racism on the Academic Achievement of African American Males
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
3120 Sangren Hall


 

Tamara Chase Coleman
Doctor of Philosophy
Science Education
Place-Based Education: An Impetus for Science Education
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2734 Wood Hall


 

Joseph Abbott
Doctor of Philosophy
Sociology
From Teachers’ Control of Curricula to Curricula’s Control of Teachers: An Analysis of Loss of Autonomy in the Instructional Labor Process
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
3205 Sangren Hall


 

Marlene Kowalski-Braun
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
An Examination of How Feminist Perspectives and Generational Differences Influence the Leadership Practice of Women Administrators in Higher Education
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren


 

Matthew Abernathy
Doctor of Philosophy
Biological Sciences
Aminoglycoside-Induced Otoneurotoxicity: Comprehensive Analysis of Inner Hair Cell Synaptic Plasticity Following Drug Exposure
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2734 Wood Hall


 

Kelly Kohler
Doctor of Philosophy Psychology
An Attempt to Establish Approval as a Learned Reinforcer
Monday, November 3, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
2734 Wood Hall


 

Subash Gokanakonda
Doctor of Philosophy
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Design, Fabrication and Testing of a Prototype Fatigue Sensor for Structural Health Monitoring
Friday, October 31, 2014
1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
D-120 Parkview Campus


 

Cynthia A. Anthony
Doctor of Education
Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology
The Lived Experiences of Veteran Elementary Urban School Teachers: Why and How They Stay
Thursday, October 30, 2014
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
2401 Sangren


 

Brenda L. Snow
Doctor of Education
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Teachers’ Making Meaning of Reduced Class Size Practices: A Phenomenology
Thursday, October 30, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
4402 Sangren Hall


 

Binu Baby Narakathu
Doctor of Philosophy
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Integration of Conventional Lithography and Printing Processes as a Key Enabling Technology for Printed and Flexible Sensing Systems
Thursday, October 30, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
B-211, Parkview Campus


 

Setare Tahmasebi Nick
Doctor of Philosophy
Chemistry
Magnetic Nickel Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Environmental Implications and Potential Role as Drug Carriers
Friday, October 24, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
1728 Wood Hall


 

Heather Koole
Doctor of Philosophy
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Meeting the Needs of Students with Traumatic Brain Injury
Friday, October 24, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
2073 College of Health and Human Services


 

Edwin Mghanga
Doctor of Philosophy
Chemistry
Ultrafast Interfacial Charge Transfer across Molecule- Ti02 Nanocomposites: Toward Nonlinear Optics and Solar Cells
Friday, October 24, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
1718 Wood Hall


 

Salah S. Meemar
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Tatweer School Principals’ Perceptions of New Authorities Granted in the Initial Steps of Decentralization
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Jordan Brynn Rice
Doctor of Philosophy
English
Constellarium
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
2033 Brown Hall


 

Caroline Breault-Canon
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology
Processes, Tools, and Procedures Section 504 Coordinators Use to Create and Provide Uniformity of Section 504 Requirements Across Their Districts
Friday, October 17, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
3011 Beltline Campus, Grand Rapids


 

Ahmed Tausif Aijazi
Doctor of Philosophy
Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging
Printing Flexible, Functional Electronic Circuits and Components
Thursday, October 16, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
A-217 Parkview Campus


 

Haolai Jiang
Doctor of Philosophy
Statistics
Inference on Differences in k Means for Data with Excess Zeros and Detection Limits
Friday, October 3, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
6625 Everett Tower


 

Ibtesam Yaseen Alja’afreh
Doctor of Philosophy
Chemistry
Probing the Unfolding and the Stability of the Last Four Metal Binding Domains of Wilson Disease Protein using Circular Dichroism and Novel Spectroscopic Techniques
Thursday, October 2, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
2401 Chemistry Building


 

Helene M. Alfano
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Relationships between Wellness-related Behaviors and Academic Performance
Monday, September 29, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
4402 Sangren Hall


 

M. Melissa Peet
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology
Evaluation of Novel k Opioid Agonists Alone and in Combination with d-amphetamine on Locomotor Activity in Sprague-Dawley Rats
Monday, September 29, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
3713 Wood Hall


 

Jyoti Rai
Doctor of Philosophy
Economics
Three Essays on Gender Differences in Risk Preferences and Credit Market Constraints
Friday, September 26, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
5302 Friedmann Hall


 

Jennifer Lynn Walters
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology
The Neurobehavioral Consequences of Gestational and Chronic Atrazine Exposure in Male and Female Sprague Dawley Rats
Friday, September 5, 2014
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
2734 Wood Hall


 

Martha Cunigan-Wells
Doctor of Education
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
How Middle School Core Content Area Teachers in a Title 1 School Use Cooperative Learning in the Context of High Accountability for Student Proficiency: A Multiple Case Study
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Ryan Nausieda
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Formation of Successful Partnerships Between Rural Community College Workforce Development Offices and Businesses: Motivation, Social Capital, and Communication
Thursday, August 21, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
4402 Sangren Hall


 

Jacob Glen Arndt
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Comprehending Male and Female Levels of Engagement in Subsets of the National Survey of Student Engagement: Explicating the Dynamics of Gender Role Conflict as a Mediating Factor for Males
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
10: 00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall

 


 

Jessica Korneder
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology
The Use of Response Interruption Redirection, Time- out, and Differential Reinforcement to Decrease Stereotypy
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
2734 Wood Hall


 

Mark S. Barajas
Doctor of Philosophy
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Pedagogical Approaches to Multicultural Education Within Teacher Preparation Programs
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
3120 Sangren Hall


 

Carrie J. Tremble
Doctor of Philosophy
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
The Counselor Experience in Counseling Clients Who Have Been Sexually Assaulted
Thursday, July 24, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3335 Sangren Hall


 

Talal Alharbi
Doctor of Philosophy
Geosciences
Integrated (RS, GIS, and Modeling) Hydrological Investigations and Landslide Susceptibility Studies in the Arabian Shield
Thursday, July 17, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
1120 Rood Hall


 

Anne Marie Gillespie
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
A Phenomenological Study of University Faculty Experiences with Disruptive Undergraduate Students in a Face-to-Face Classroom or Laboratory Setting
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Dustin Owen Smith
Doctor of Philosophy
Mathematics
Education Eliciting Elementary School Students’ Informal Inferential Reasoning through Storytelling
Friday, July 11, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
6625 Everett Hall


Patricia Crum-Allen
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Career and Technical Education and the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award in Education
Thursday, July 10, 2014
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
4715 Sangren Hall


 

Sheryl Kelly
Doctor of Philosophy
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Males’ Expectations of Counseling
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3335 Sangren Hall


 

Michael K. Romano
Doctor of Philosophy
Political Science
Mediated Homestyle: Congressional Strategy and Local Press Relations in the 111th House of Representatives
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
3309 Friedmann Hall


 

Kathy Ann Huffman Boyer
Doctor of Education
Special Education and Literacy Studies
Evaluating the Use of the Math Reasoning Inventory for Improvement in Fraction Instruction
Monday, June 30, 2014
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
4550 Sangren Hall


 

Elyse Connors
Doctor of Philosophy
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
The Effect of Container Shape on Readability and Functional Tasks Related to Prescription Label Access by Persons with Vision Loss
Monday, June 30, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
College of Health and Human Services, Room 1035


 

Christina Triezenberg
Doctor of Philosophy
English
Reading toward Scarlett: Tracing the Texts that Helped to Shape Margaret Mitchell’s American Epic
Thursday, June 26, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2500 Knauss Hall


 

Kathleen Quardokus
Doctor of Philosophy
Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Instructional Change in Academic Departments: An Analysis from the Perspective of Two Environment- Focused Change Strategies
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2734 Wood Hall


 

Ann Vayre
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Implementation of a Modified Reading Program in an Urban High School
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Marcie Noble
Doctor of Philosophy
Spanish
Nationalism, Universality, and Globalization: Notes on the Narrative of Three Guatemalan Authors
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
3025 Brown Hall


 

Hemant Bohra
Doctor of Philosophy
Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging
Integrating 3D Layered Manufacturing with Photonic Sintering, Precision Machining and Smart Coating Techniques for Rapid Casting Applications
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Parkview Campus, Room B231


 

Ramon S. Barthelemy
Doctor of Philosophy
Mallinson Institute for Science Education
The Experiences of Women in Post Graduate Physics and Astronomy Programs: The Roles of Support, Career Goals, and Gendered Experiences
Friday, June 13, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
2734 Wood Hall


 

Daniel William Mohandas Maitland
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology
Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Compared to Watchful Waiting for Enhancing Social Connectedness: A Randomized Clinical Trial with a Diagnosed Sample
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
3713 Wood Hall


 

Benedict Dormitorio
Doctor of Philosophy
Statistics
Comparison of Hazard, Odds, and Risk Ratio in the Two-Sample Survival Problem Tuesday, June 10, 2014
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
6625 Everett Tower


 

Steven J. Conrad
Doctor of Philosophy
Biological Sciences
Genetically Modified Tanapoxvirus as a Novel Agent for the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer in Humans
Friday, May 16, 2014
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
2902 Wood Hall


 

Adrienne Redding
Doctor of Philosophy
English
Wielding Eden: Early Modern Voices and the Appropriation of Paradise
Friday, May 16, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2033 Brown Hall


 

Andrea Marie-Kryger Bierema
Doctor of Philosophy
Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Conceptual Framework Alignment between Primary Literature and Education in Animal Behaviour
Thursday, May 15, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2734 Wood Hall


 

Elizabeth Warburton
Doctor of Philosophy
Biological Sciences
Relative Roles of Host Exposure and Parasite Establishment in Producing Patterns of Infections Using Eptesicus Fuscus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) and its Helminths as a Model System
Thursday, May 15, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2734 Wood Hall


 

Alden Jack Edson
Doctor of Philosophy
Mathematics
A Deeply Digital Instructional Unit on Binomial Distributions and Statistical Inference: A Design Experiment
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
6625 Everett Tower


 

Alia Hinz
Doctor of Philosophy
Chemistry
Biophysical Characterization of the First Four Metal- Binding Domains of Human Wilson Disease Protein
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1220 Chemistry Building


 

Kathleen Mary Kalata
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology
Connecting the Disciplinary Dots: Faculty Attitudes Toward the Professionalization of Web Development
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Gretchen Kaeding Bergan
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology
Teacher Trust Levels and How They Differ Between School Settings and Impact Teacher Involvement in Student Achievement Activities
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
4402 Sangren


 

Leonard A. Savala
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
The Experiences of Latina/o Executives in Higher Education
Monday, May 12, 2014
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
4402 Sangren Hall


 

Diane Renee Rogers
Doctor of Philosophy
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation
The Development of an Assessment for Learning Pyramid Conceptual Framework: A Case Study on Formative Assessment Pedagogy in a Preservice Preperation
Friday, May 9, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
West Main Professional Building, Room 202 1627 West Main, Kalamazoo, MI


 

Christine Haskill
Doctor of Philosophy
English
Battling the Separate Spheres: New Woman Writers and British Woman Writers of World War I
Friday, May 9, 2014
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
2033 Brown Hall


 

Cassie Shacklett Reeve
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology
Efficacy of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with the Use of In-Room Coaching
Friday, May 9, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
3713 Wood Hall


 

Lloyd Madalitso P. Mataka
Doctor of Philosophy
Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Problem Based Learning (PBL) in the College Chemistry Laboratory: Students’ Views of PBL and its Relationship with Attitude and Self-Efficacy Beliefs
Friday, May 9, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
2374 Wood Hall


 

Jacinta M. Mutambuki
Doctor of Philosophy
Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Integrating Nanotechnology into the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum: The Impact on Students’ Affective Domain
Thursday, May 8, 2014
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
2734 Wood Hall


 

Mohammad Ali Salahuddin
Doctor of Philosophy
Computer Science
Opportunistic Service Differentiation and Cloud Resource Management in Support of Enhanced Vehicular Applications
Thursday, May 8, 2014
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Room D-210, Parkview Campus


 

Robert J. Kipka
Doctor of Philosophy
Mathematics
Mathematical Methods of Analysis for Control and Dynamic Optimization Problems on Manifolds
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
6625 Everett Tower


 

Shadi Bedoor
Doctor of Philosophy
Physics
Structural Evolution in the Neutron Rich-Nucleus 14B
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
2202 Everett Tower


 

Melissa Shaffer-O’Connell
Doctor of Philosophy
Political Science
Like Oil and Water: How Federalism Muddies the Waters of Interest Group Decision-making
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
3301 Freidmann Hall


 

Darla Jane England
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Elementary Principals’ Perspectives on Newly Graduated General Education Teachers’ Abilities to Teach Students with Disabilities in Inclusion Classrooms
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
3005 Beltline Campus


 

Elizabyth A. Hiscox
Doctor of Philosophy
English
Reassurance in Negative Space
Monday, April 28, 2014
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
2033 Brown Hall


 

Amy Elizabeth Bentz
Doctor of Philosophy
Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Using Case Method to Explicitly Teach Formative Assessment in Preservice Teacher Education
Friday, April 25, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
2734 Wood Hall


 

Chira Lumduanhom
Doctor of Philosophy
Mathematics
Modular Monochromatic Colorings Spectra and Frames in Graphs
Thursday, April 24, 2014
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
6625 Everett Tower


 

Shawn P. Quigley
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology An Evaluation of Various SAFMEDS Procedures
Thursday, April 24, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
3713 Wood Hall


 

Stacey E. Pollard
Doctor of Philosophy
Political Science The State and Civil Society in the Arab Middle East
Thursday, April 24, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
3301 Friedmann Hall


 

Carrie McKean
Doctor of Philosophy
Biological Sciences
Correlational Studies of Organophosphate Levels and Endocrine Disruption, Immunomodulation, and Altered Glucose Homeostasis in a Human Population Study
Monday, April 21, 2014
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
2734 Wood Hall


 

Gregory L. Laing
Doctor of Philosophy
English Bound by Words: The Motif of Oath-Taking and Oath- Breaking in Medieval Iceland and Anglo-Saxon England
Friday, April 18, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2033 Brown Hall


 

Joshua Michael Goss
Doctor of Philosophy
Mathematics
A Method for Assessing and Describing the Informal Inferential Reasoning of Middle School Students
Thursday, April 17, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
6625 Everett Tower


 

Lindsay Akers Noakes
Doctor of Philosophy
Evaluation
Teacher Candidates’ Formative Assessment Development: Implications for Evaluating Teacher Preparation Programs
Friday, April 4, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
West Main Professional Building, Room 202 1627 West Main, Kalamazoo, MI


 

Hongyan Cui
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
A Monte Carlo Study of the Optimal Rank Order Relationship with Criterion Scores
Monday, March 17, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Alper Bulut
Doctor of Philosophy
Mathematics
Lie Loops Associated with GL(H), H a Separable Infinite Dimensional Hilbert Space
Friday, March 14, 2014
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
6625 Everett Tower


 

Amy Morrison Gyorkos
Doctor of Philosophy
Biological Sciences
GDNF Content and NMJ Plasticity in Slow and Fast Twitch Myofibers Follows Recruitment in Exercise
Friday, March 14, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
1710 Wood Hall


 

Joshua D. Merchant
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
From Altruism to Investment: Venture Philanthropy and Its Impact on Shared Governance at Liberal Arts Colleges
Friday, March 14, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Napthalin Achubang Atanga
Doctor of Philosophy
Mathematics
Elementary School Teachers’ Use of Curricular Resources for Lesson Design and Enactment
Friday, March 14, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
6625 Everett Tower


 

Kahler B. Schuemann
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
A Phenomenological Study into How Students Experience and Understand the University President
Thursday, March 13, 2014
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
4550 Sangren Hall


 

Nicole Henriksen
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology Impulsive
Choice in Unmedicated and Medicated Children Diagnosed with ADHD: Comparison Across Reward Type
Thursday, March 13, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3723 Wood Hall


 

Dawn E. Reeves
Doctor of Education
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
The Logistics of Implementing a Field-Based Comprehensive School Reform Initiative
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
4402 Sangren Hall


 

Traci Brimhall
Doctor of Philosophy
English
Investigation into the Unconfirmed Miracles at Puraquequara
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
2033 Brown Hall


 

Jared R. Vickers
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
A Comparison of Charter Public and Traditional Public School Principals: Who They Are and How They Function
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Taeseung Kuk
Doctor of Philosophy
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Active Control of Aerial Refueling Drogue
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Parkview Campus, C-141


 

Tasha Frigmanski
Doctor of Philosophy
Special Education and Literacy Studies
Administrators as Change Agents in Implementing MTSS: Beliefs, Skills, and Challenges
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
4550 Sangren Hall

 


 

Liyana A. Wajira Ariyadasa
Doctor of Philosophy
Chemistry
Size-Dependent Interactions of Metal Nanoparticles with Fluorophores and Semiconductors
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Chemestry Building, Room 1220


 

Kristin Anne-Koski Sovis
Doctor of Philosophy
English
Teaching in the Writing Methods Classroom: A Multiple Case Study of Teachers’ Professional Journeys, Teaching Contexts, Theoretical Frames, and Courses
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
4028 Brown Hall


 

Kevin Aart Douglass
Doctor of Philosophy
Chemistry
Fundamental Studies of Protein Ionization for Improved Analysis by Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry and Related Methods
Monday, March 10, 2014
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Chemistry Building, Room 1220


 

Jan K. Fields
Doctor of Philosophy
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation
A Metaevaluation of Evaluations of Health Care Programs that Employ the Chronic Care Model
Monday, March 10, 2014
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
4410 Ellsworth Hall


 

George Aramath
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Investigating Practices of Research-Proven Multi-Dimensional Teacher Evaluation Systems in Michigan Schools
Monday, March 10, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Jaime Burgos
Doctor of Philosophy
Statistics
Multivariate Autoregressive Time Series Using Schweppe Weighted Wilicoxon Estimates
Monday, March 10, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
6625 Everett Tower


 

Brian J. Gunderson
Doctor of Philosophy
Spanish
Hacia un Mapa Ex-Centrico de lo Afro-Hispano: Notas Sobre un Meta-Archilpélago Desbordado (Mapping the Ex-Centric Afro-Hispanic: Notes on the Meta-Archipelago at Large)
Monday, March 10, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
3025 Brown Hall


 

Deveta R. Gardner
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
The Impact of Mentoring on the Self-Perceived Personal and Professional Success of African American Women Graduates of a Midwestern University
Monday, March 10, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
3335 Sangren Hall


 

Kathleen Kroll
Doctor of Philosophy
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Differences in Elementary School Team Communication and Practices for Students of Varied Educational Status
Monday, March 10, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
College of Health and Human Services, Room 2024


 

Christen Conklin Topolinski
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
The Influence of Teacher Leadership and Professional Learning on Teachers’ Knowledge and Change of Instructional Practices in Low Performing Schools
Thursday, March 6, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids Beltline Campus, Room 3005


 

May Charmayne Mulligan
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Perceptions of General Education Deans and Department Chairs of their Colleges as Learning Organizations
Thursday, March 6, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Grand Rapids Beltline Campus, Room 2010


 

Sylivia Juta
Doctor of Philosophy
Public Affairs and Administration
The Growing Women’s Political Activism in Africa, 1990-2010: An Explanatory Analysis of Institutions and Contexts
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Walwood Commons at Walwood Hall (East Campus)


 

Susan Lynn Gutierrez
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
From National Standards to Classrooms: A Case Study of Middle Level Teachers’ Assessment Knowledge and Practice Dr. Louann Bierlein Palmer, Chair Dr. Jessaca Spybrook Dr. Julia Reynolds
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids Beltline Campus, Room 3005


 

Elian Aljadeff-Abergel
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology
The Evaluation of Two Feedback Schedules on Teaching Performance of Undergraduate Applied Behavior Analysis Students Delivering Direct Instruction
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
3713 Wood Hall


 

Catherine L. Kothari
Doctor of Philosophy
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
The Intersection of Depression, Partner Violence, and Poverty during the Perinatal Period
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
College of Health and Human Services, Room 2473


 

Brandon Davis Jennings
Doctor of Philosophy
English
Blue Violets
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2033 Brown Hall


 

Hisham Odeh Alrawashdeh
Doctor of Philosophy
Electrical and Computer Engineering
An Adaptive Kalman Filter for Voltage Sag Detection in Power Systems
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Room


 

Bipinchandra V. Patel
Doctor of Philosophy
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Orthopedic Fracture Fixation
Friday, February 21, 2014
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
C-123 Parkview Campus


 

Stephen Staggs
Doctor of Philosophy
History “Gentiles by Nature”: Indian-Dutch Relations in New Netherland/New York, 1524-1750
Friday, February 21, 2014
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
2500 Knauss Hall


 

Carl D. Westine
Doctor of Philosophy
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation
Improving the Design of Cluster-Randomized Trials in Education: Informing the Selection of Variance Design Parameter Values for Science Achievement Studies
Friday, February 14, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Jiangang Xia
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Principal-Teacher’s Decision-Making Power Relationship: Theoretical Conceptualizations and Empirical Examination
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Clara P. Adams
Doctor of Philosophy
Chemistry Synthesis, Characterization and Potential Applications of Palladium and Ruthenium Nanostructures
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Chemistry Building, Room 1220


 

Mulonge Musa Kalumbula
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
District Mandated Changes in Technology and Inquiry Based Instruction
Friday, January 17, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3335 Sangren Hall


 

Eric Scott Andrews
Doctor of Philosophy
Mathematics
On Eulerian Irregularity and Decompositions in Graphs
Friday, January 24, 2014
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Alavi Commons Room, Everett Tower


 

Chengyang Li
Doctor of Philosophy
Physics
Studies of the Quantum Phase Transition in Chromium Using Inelastic X-ray Scattering and AB Initio Methods
Friday, December 13, 2013
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
2202 Everett Tower


 

Kurt Wilson
Doctor of Philosophy
Evaluation
Harnessing Complexity: Analysis Methodology and Ethical Framework to Facilitate Utilization of Video Data in Evaluations
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
4410 Ellsworth Hall


 

Katherine L. N. Colles
Doctor of Philosophy
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Urban School Counseling Impact: An ABA Reversal Single Subject Time-Series Analysis of Academic, Suspension, and Attendance Data
Friday, November 22, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
3335 Sangren Hall


 

Bernice S. Patterson
Doctor of Philosophy
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Hurting Leaders: The Lived Experiences of African- American Clergy and Their Views, Attitudes, and Barriers to Help-Seeking
Monday, November 11, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
3120 Sangren Hall


 

Xuan Gao
Doctor of Philosophy
Physics
Development of Polarization Analysis of Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering
Friday, November 8, 2013
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2202 Everett Tower


 

Jeffery P. Boggan
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Focus and Priority Schools: How Principals Enact Leadership Responsibilities to Increase Student Achievement in Selected Mid-Western Counties
Friday, November 8, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
3335 Sangren Hall


 

Timothy L. Edwards
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology
Influences of TNT-Food Pairings on the Performances of Mine Detection Rats in Early Training Stages
Friday, November 8, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
1509 Wood Hall


 

Kelsey Woodard
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
The Voices of Higher Education Service-Learning Directors: A Qualitative Inductive Analysis
Friday, November 8, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Daniel L. Rundhaug
Doctor of Philosophy
Public Affairs and Administration
Leadership Loss within Independently-Controlled Protestant Churches: Protecting Against Leadership Turmoil and Turnover
Thursday, November 7, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Emeriti Lounge, Walwood Hall


 

Kelly Ann Trusty
Doctor of Philosophy
Public Affairs and Administration
SIMO: Modeling and Measuring the Relationships between Strategy, IT/Mission Alignment Maturity, and Nonprofit Organizational Outcomes
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Emeriti Lounge, Walwood Hall


 

John R. Severson
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
A Phenomenological Exploration of Superintendents’ and Principals’ Experiences in a Shared Professional Development Process
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
4402 Sangren Hall


 

Veronika Husovska
Doctor of Philosophy
Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging
Investigation of Recycled Paper Deinking Mechanism
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
A213 Parkview Campus


 

David D. Wingard
Doctor of Philosophy Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Using Multi-Objective Value Estimation to Support Predictive Analytics for Human Service Project Management
Monday, November 4, 2013
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
College of Health and Human Services, Room 4267


 

Krystal N. Seibert
Doctor of Philosophy
Biological Sciences
Identification and Characterization of the 142R Protein of Tanapox Virus
Monday, November 4, 2013
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
3715 Wood Hall


 

Tarek Abousaleh
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology
Use of Task Clarification, Feedback and Recognition to Increase Desired Behaviors within an Organization’s Permit to Work System-Analysis of Data Previously Collected as an Organizational Consultant
Monday, November 4, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
3713 Wood Hall


 

Kathleen M. VanderVeen
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Psychosocial Development of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Higher Education
Friday, November 1, 2013
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Peter J. Muir
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
From Script to Screen to Syllabus: The Path to Curriculum Design for Undergraduate Film Production Programs
Friday, November 1, 2013
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Brian Cole
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
The Impact of Institutional Culture on Student Activism: A Multi-Case Study in Christian Higher Education
Friday, November 1, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Bradly K. Hinman
Doctor of Philosophy
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Mixed Methods Analysis of Counselor Views, Attitudes, and Perceived Competencies Regarding the Treatment of Internet Pornography Addiction
Friday, November 1, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
3120 Sangren Hall


 

Ilse A. Schweitzer
Doctor of Philosophy English
Old English Ecologies: Environmental Readings of Anglo-Saxon Texts and Culture
Friday, November 1, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
2033 Brown Hall


 

Asma Mohammed Ayyad
Doctor of Philosophy
Physics Interaction of Fast Highly Charged Ions with Insulating Straight and Tapered Glass Capillary Surfaces
Stolterfoht
Thursday, October 31, 2013
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
2202 Everett Hall, Bradley Commons


 

Derek Cooley
Doctor of Education
Special Education and Literacy Studies
Special Education Leadership and the Implementation of Response to Intervention
Monday, October 28, 2013
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
4550 Sangren Hall


 

Michele L. Siderman
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Bystander to Bully: Understanding Cyber Bullying in Secondary Schools
Friday, October 25, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
4402 Sangren Hall


 

David J. Alban
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Cultural Adaptations of American Teachers in International Schools
Friday, October 25, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Daryl D. Green
Doctor of Philosophy
Public Affairs and Administration
Exploring Police Active Shooter Preparedness in Michigan: A Grounded Study of Police Preparedness to Active Shooter Incidents, Developing a Normative Model
Thursday, October 24, 2013
2 to 4 p.m. 
Walwood Hall, Walwood Commons


 

Paul J. Ballard
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Measuring Performance Excellence: Key Performance Indicators for Institutions Accepted into the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Dr. Louann Bierlein Palmer, Ed.D. Dr. Ramona Lewis, Ed.D. Dr. Kathy Aboufadel, Ph.D.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

G. William Zorn
Doctor of Philosophy
English
Writing the Wrongs: How Gay and Lesbian Playwrights Use the Paranormal in Autobiographical Writing
Thursday, October 24, 2013
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3025 Brown Hall


 

Geoffrey R. Whitehurst
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Single Case Research Designs: An Effective and Efficient Methodology for Applied Aviation Research
Monday, September 30, 2013
10 a.m. to noon
2401 Sangren Hall


 

David Louis Arnold 
Doctor of Philosophy
Mathematics
Classifying Spaces of Symmetric Groups and Wreath Products
Monday, September 23, 2013
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
6625 Everett Tower