WMU News

August doctoral recipients announced

Oct. 9, 1997

KALAMAZOO -- Ten students (listed below) received doctoral degrees from Western Michigan University at the end of the summer session in August.

Seven students received doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees and three earned doctor of education (Ed.D.) degrees in six fields: counselor education and counseling psychology; educational leadership; geology; psychology; science education; and sociology.

BATTLE CREEK, MICH

Dennis J. Bona of 112 Arcadia Blvd. earned an Ed.D. degree in educational leadership. The title of his dissertation was "Registration of Apprenticeship Programs and the Turnover of Skilled Trade Employees."

Suzanne M. Hobson of 100 Minges Creek Place #D-307 earned an Ed.D. degree in counselor education and counseling psychology. The title of her dissertation was "The Impact of Sex and Gender-Role Orientation on Student Evaluations of Professor Competence in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology."

KALAMAZOO, MICH

Joanne Ardovini-Brooker of 3549 Kenbrooke Court earned a Ph.D. degree in sociology. The title of her dissertation was "Discrimination Against Female Graduate Teaching Assistants." She earned her bachelor's degree from Marist College and her master's degree from the State University of New York at Brockport. She is an associate researcher and part-time faculty member at WMU. She is the daughter of Maria Ardovini-Williams of Route 2, Box 156 Dorn Road, LaGrangeville, N.Y.

Madhav V. Machavaram of 2724 Westbrook #F-18 earned a Ph.D. degree in geology. The title of his dissertation was "Systematics of Stable Isotopes and Radionuclides in Precipitation at Kalamazoo, Mich., USA."

RICHLAND, MICH.

James A. Alexander of 4291 Wildwood earned an Ed.D. degree in educational leadership. The title of his dissertation was "A Test of a Rapid Developer Model: Workplace Factors Associated with Learning and Development." He earned his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and his master's degree from WMU. He is the founder of Alexander Consulting and will continue to do management consulting this year while teaching in Mexico at ITESM, the largest private university in Latin America. He is the son of Lyle and Agnes Alexander of 2508 200 Ave., Wesley, Iowa.

ST. JOSEPH, MICH.

Kevin K. Block of 539 Dell St. earned a Ph.D. degree in science education. The title of his dissertation was "The Clastogenic Effects of Cyclophosphamide and a 60 Hertz Electromagnetic Field on Bone Marrow Cells of CD-1 Mice." He also earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from WMU. He currently teaches chemistry at Southwestern Michigan College. He is the son of Harold and Alice Block of 1 Sophia St., Manistee.

WALLACE, MICH.

Rick A. Matthews of W5850 15.5 Road earned a Ph.D. degree in sociology. The title of his dissertation was "What's Good for GM ... Deindustrialization and Crime in Four Michigan Cities: 1975-1993." He earned his bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University and his master's degree from WMU. He was selected as an All-University Graduate Research and Creative Scholar at WMU in 1996 and has made 17 presentations of his research findings at national and regional conferences. He has published two articles in professional journals. Currently an assistant professor of sociology at Ohio University, he is the son of Mike and Maria Hesyck of Wallace.

NEW ORLEANS, LA.

Sundiata K. Ibn-Hyman of 1018 N. Salcedo St. earned a Ph.D. degree in sociology. The title of his dissertation was "Underdevelopment as Meta-Axiological Dilemma: The Socio-Economic Implications of African Axiology for Rational Choice Determinants of Microeconomic Agency."

WEST CHESTER, PA

Delores A. Tinley-Smoot of 117 Bent Tree Drive earned a Ph.D. degree in psychology. The title of her dissertation was "The Effects of Linear and Non-Linear Incentive Pay Systems With Individual and Group Payouts on the Social Psychology Phenomenon of Social Loafing."


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