July 27, 1999
KALAMAZOO -- Twelve students (listed below) received doctoral degrees from Western Michigan University at the end of spring session in June. Seven students received doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees, four earned a doctor of education (Ed.D.) degree and one student received a doctor of public administration (D.P.A.). The degrees were awarded in six fields: English, educational leadership, geology, psychology, public administration and sociology.
Richard E. Andorfer, Austin, Minn., earned a Ph.D. degree in psychology. The title of his dissertation was "Nonmigrainous Pediatric Headache Management: Thermal Biofeedback and Parent Guidelines." The son of Kenneth and Margaret Andorfer, he earned a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's University in Minnesota and a master's degree from North Dakota State University. He is a clinical psychologist at the West Central Human Service Center in Bismarck, N.D.
Gladys Tiana Cardiff, Kalamazoo, earned a Ph.D. degree in English. The title of her dissertation was "A Bare Unpainted Table: A Manuscript of Poems."
Shafiul H. Chowdhury, Barisal, Bangladesh, earned a Ph.D. degree in geology. The title of his dissertation was "A Comprehensive Approach for Evaluation of Groundwater Vulnerability to Contamination." The son of Abdul H. and Parshia Chowdhury, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Dhaka University in Bangladesh and a master's degree from the University of Akron. He is an assistant professor at Queens College in New York.
Josephine Barry-Davis, Kalamazoo, earned an Ed.D. degree in educational leadership. The title of her dissertation was "Intuitive Understanding of Time and Space at the Age of Four."
Steven D. Goodman, Grand Haven, Mich., earned a Ph.D. degree in psychology. The title of his dissertation was "Improving Special Education Teachers' Use of Data-Based Instruction." The son of Autry and Linda Goodman of Spring Lake, Mich., he earned a bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State University and a master's degree from WMU. He is a teacher consultant for the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District.
Michael D. Hixson, Kalamazoo, earned a Ph.D. degree in psychology. His dissertation was titled "The Use of Curriculum-Based Measurement to Evaluate the Effects of a Remedial Education Program."
Shari A. Peters Kitchen, Elmira, Mich., earned an Ed.D. degree in educational leadership. The title of her dissertation was "An Analysis of Nine K-12 School Districts That Have Established Membership with the Coalition of Essential Schools." The daughter of Wilson and Gloria Peters of Hartford, Mich., she earned an education specialist degree from Central Michigan University and master's degrees in educational leadership and reading from WMU. She is superintendent of Orchard Valley Schools in Muskegon, Mich.
Benard A. Meyer, Marne, Mich., earned an Ed.D. degree in educational leadership. His dissertation was titled "An Analysis of Grade-Level Expenditures of At-Risk Funding Among Districts of Different Economic Status in the State of Michigan."
Peter Paul Nieckarz III, Westland, Mich., earned a Ph.D. degree in sociology. The title of his dissertation was "'All Things Considered': A Comparative Case Study Examining the Commercial Presence Within Public Radio."
Scott Palczewski, Grand Rapids, Mich., earned a Ed.D.
educational leadership. The title of his dissertation was "A Study of the Relationship Between Transformational Leadership and Teacher Attitudes."
Carole A. Richardson, Mt. Pleasant, Mich., earned a D.P.A. in public administration. The title of her dissertation was "The Role of Access in Evaluating Distance Learning Program Effectiveness." The daughter of Johnnie Richardson, she earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Central Michigan University. She is an Internet manager for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.
Cristin Lea Sullivan, Sturgis, Mich., earned a Ph.D. degree in psychology. The title of her dissertation was "The Effects of Sibling-Implemented Training on Social Behaviors of Autistic Children."
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