Current Dissertation Defenses

 

October

October dissertation defenses

 

Candidate: Christine L. Robinson
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Education Leadership, Research, Technology
Title: Change in Attribution Perspective, Shame, and Academic Identity for Freshmen on Probation Enrolled in University Academic Recovery Courses: A Mixed Methods Study
Committee: Dr. Andrea Beach, Chair, Dr. Louann Bierlein-Palmer, Dr. Randy Ott
Time/Place: Thursday, October 3, 2019, 1 to 3 p.m., 2730 Sangren Hall

 

Candidate: Shahid Iqbal
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Physics
Title: Plasmonic-Induced Fluorescence Studies of Dye and Lead Halide Perovskites Nanocomposites in Close Vicinity of Ion Implanted Silver Nanoparticles
Committee: Dr. Asghar Kayani, Chair, Dr. Sung Chung, Dr. Ramakrishna Guda, Dr. John Tanis
Time/Place: Friday, October 4, 2019, 4 to 6 p.m. 2202 Everett Tower

 

Candidate: Kelly M. Amshey
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Education Leadership, Research and Technology
Title: The Impact of Character Education Programs on Middle School Bullying Behavior
Committee: Dr. Brett Geier, Chair, Dr. Dennis McCrumb, Dr. Michael Shibler
Time/Place: Monday, October 7, 2019, 9 to 11 a.m., 2401 Sangren Hall

 

Candidate: Katherine J. B. Martini
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Psychology
Title: The Effects of Energy Dashboards and Competition Programming on Cyclic Electricity Consumption on a College Campus
Committee: Ron Van Houten, Ph.D., Chair Heather McGee, Ph.D. Cynthia Pietras, Ph.D. Jeffrey Spoelstra
Time/Place: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 9 to 11 a.m., 2734 Wood Hall

 

Candidate: Rommel Johnson
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Title: Negotiating American Racial Constructs: First-Generation African Caribbean Immigrants’ Experience with Race
Committee: Dr. Phillip Johnson, Chair, Dr. Carla Adkison-Johnson, Dr. Mariam Konate
Time/Place: Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 4402 Sangren Hall

 

Candidate: Raed Abdullah Hasan
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Civil and Construction Engineering
Title: Analyzing Impacts of Transportation and Non-Transportation Activities on Human Health with an Advanced Platform for Collecting Travel and Physical Activity Data
Committee: Dr. Jun-Seok Oh, Chair, Dr. Valerian Kwigizile, Dr. Ala Al-Fuqaha, Dr. Tycho Fredericks
Time/Place: Monday, October 14, 2019, 10 a.m. to noon, G-209, Parkview Campus

 

Candidate: Adam Tolbert Wall
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Title: College Students with Physical Disabilities: An Exploratory Investigation Within Counselor Education
Committee: Dr. Phillip Johnson, Chair, Dr. Carla Atkison-Johnson, Dr. Debra Lindstrom
Time/Place: Monday, October 14, 2019, 10 a.m. to noon, 4550 Sangren Hall

 

Candidate: Colleen Kay Stano
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Education Leadership, Research and Technology
Title: From Convict to Co-ed: Formerly Incarcerated Students’ Sense of Belonging in Higher Education
Committee: Dr. Louann Bierlein Palmer, Chair, Dr. Ramona Lewis, Dr. Carol Hustoles
Time/Place: Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 9 to 11 a.m., 4550 Sangren Hall

 

Candidate: Sydney M. Harbaugh 
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy 
Department: Psychology 
Title: Attempts to Reduce Elopement and Flopping Using Blocking, a Time-Out Procedure, and Differential Reinforcement 
Committee: Dr. Richard Malott, Chair, Dr. Kelly Kohler, Dr. Ron Van Houten, Dr. Steven Ragotzy, Dr. Carmen Jonaitis 
Time/Place: Friday, October 18, 2019, 10 a.m. to noon, 3713 Wood Hall

 

Candidate: Stevie Collini
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Psychology
Title: An Experimental Comparison of Visual and Statistical Analyses
Committee: Dr. Bradley Huitema, Chair, Dr. Heather McGee, Dr. Alyce Dickinson, Dr. Joseph McKean
Time/Place: Monday, October 21, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 3713 Wood Hall

 

Candidate: Bette A. Ludwig
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Education Leadership, Research and Technology
Title: The Impact of Goal Orientation and Learning Organization on Mobbing of Academic Advisors in the U.S.
Committee: Dr. Sue Poppink, Chair, Dr. Louann Bierlein Palmer, Dr. Glinda Rawls
Time/Place: Monday, October 21, 2019, 2 to 4 p.m., 4402 Sangren Hall

 

Candidate: Ahmed Kareem Abed
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Title: Multiple SSID Framework for RSS-Fingerprint Based Indoor Positioning System
Committee: Dr. Ikhlas Abdel-Qader, Chair, Dr. Janos Grantner, Dr. Azim Houshyar
Time/Place: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., C141, Parkview Campus

 

Candidate: Marissa Allen
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Psychology
Title: Comparing the Efficacy of and Evaluating Preferences for Functional Analyses and Concurrent Operant Analyses
Committee: Stephanie Peterson, Ph.D., Chair, Al Poling, Ph.D., Wayne Fuqua, Ph.D., Wendy Berg, M.A.
Time/Place: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 8 to 10 a.m., 3713 Wood Hall

 

Candidate: Dana Goetz
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Psychology
Title: An Evaluation of Different Measure of Social Problem-Solving: Using Ecological Momentary Assessment
Committee: Dr. Amy Naugle, Chair, Dr. Scott Gaynor, Dr. Amy Damashek, Dr. Jessica Rodriguez
Time/Place: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 1 to 3 p.m., 3713 Wood Hall

 

Candidate: Dustin J. Anderson
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Education Leadership, Research and Technology
Title: The Learning Experiences of Practicing School Leadership Coaches: A Multiple Case Study
Committee: Dr. Patricia Reeves, Chair, Dr. Jessaca Spybrook, Dr. Erika Hunt
Time/Place: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 2 to 4 p.m., 2401 Sangren Hall

 

Candidate: Mya Hernandez
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Psychology
Title: Behavioral Skills Training and Literacy: Supporting Reading Instructors in Adult Education Centers
Committee: Dr. Denise Ross, Chair, Dr. Richard Malott, Dr. Kelly Kohler, Dr. Maria Malott
Time/Place: Friday, October 25, 2019, 8 to 10 a.m., 2401 Sangren Hall

 

Candidate: Omofolakunmi Elizabeth Olagbemi
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Computer Science
Title: Scalable Algorithms and Hybrid Parallelization Strategies for Multivariate Integration with ParAdapt and CUDA
Committee: Dr. Elise de Doncker, Chair, Dr. John Kapenga, Dr. Joseph McKean
Time/Place: Friday, October 25, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., D0202 Floyd Hall, Parkview Campus

 

Candidate: Mohammed Aljanahi
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Public Affairs and Administration
Title: Leadership, Satisfaction, Commitment, and Turnover Intention in the UAE Public Sector
Committee: Dr. Daniela Schroeter, Chair, Dr. Vincent Reitano, Dr. Kevin Corder, Dr. Nathan Grasse
Time/Place: Friday, October 25, 2019, Noon to 2 p.m., 211E Walwood Hall

 

Candidate: Dana M. Prince
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Title: The Impact of a Multisensory Stimulation Environment within a Memory Care Assisted Living Facility
Committee: Dr. Kieran J. Fogarty, Chair, Dr. Jonathan VanGeest, Dr. Steven D. Eberth
Time/Place: Friday, October 25, 2019, 1 to 3 p.m., 2024 College of Health and Human Sciences

 

Candidate: Ann Marie Bingham
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Title: The Role of Mental Models in Sensemaking During the Data-Driven Decision-Making Process and Their Impact on Instructional Practice
Committee: Dr. Jianping Shen, Chair, Dr. Patricia Reeves, Dr. Brian Pyles
Time/Place: Friday, October 25, 2019, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., 2401 Sangren Hall

 

Candidate: Keli Lynne Masten
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: English
Title: “Called Forth by Imminent Dangers”: The American Gothic in Mysteries of Detection and Detective Fiction (1799-1929)
Committee: Dr. Nicolas Witschi, Chair, Dr. Philip Egan, Dr. Leonard Cassuto, Dr. Jeffrey Weinstock
Time/Place: Friday, October 25, 2019, 2 to 4 p.m., 2033 Brown Hall

 

Candidate: David S. La Mantia
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Physics
Title: Simultaneous X-ray Emission Accompanying Two Electron Capture for Fluorine on Gas Targets
Committee: Dr. John Tanis, Chair, Dr. Asghar Kayani, Dr. Thomas Gorczyka, Dr. Anna Simon, Dr. Andrzej Warczak
Time/Place: Monday, October 28, 2019, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 2202 Everett Tower

 

Candidate: Kyrai Antares
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Title: Between Two Worlds: A Phenomenological Exploration of Experiences and Understandings Related to Race for Transracially Adopted Emerging Adults
Committee: Dr. Mary Z. Anderson, Chair, Dr. Joseph Morris, Dr. Mark Orbe
Time/Place: Monday, October 28, 2019, 10 a.m. to noon, 4550 Sangren Hall

 

Candidate: Peter Paul Dobek
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: History
Title: Karczma/Taberna: Public Houses in Cracow During the Jagiellonian Dynasty
Committee: Dr. James Palmitessa, Chair, Dr. Robert Berkhofer, Dr. James Murray, Dr. Piotr Górecki
Time/Place: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 1 to 3 p.m., 4154 Dunbar Hall

 

Candidate: Jared T. Wabeke
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Chemistry
Title: Smart Sensors with Dual Modes of Signal Transduction for Monitoring Molecules Pertinent to Health and the Environment
Committee: Dr. Sherine Obare, Chair, Dr. Yirong Mo, Dr. Donald Schreiber, Dr. Charles Ide
Time/Place: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 2 to 4 p.m., 1260 Chemistry Building

 

Candidate: Katherine Mahaffy
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Psychology
Title: The Effects of Self-Observation on Implementation of Direct Instruction Reading Curricula
Committee: Dr. Denise Ross, Chair, Dr. Richard Malott, Dr. Kelly Kohler, Dr. Luchara Wallace
Time/Place: Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 8 to 10 a.m., 2401 Sangren Hall

 

Candidate: Cara Masselink
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Title: Exploring Wheelchair Service Delivery in a Dedicated Seating Department
Committee: Dr. Linda Shuster, Chair, Dr. Don Hoover, Dr. Kerri Morgan
Time/Place: Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 2 to 4 p.m., 1087 College of Health and Human Sciences

 

Candidate: Ahmed Sulaiman M Alharbi
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Computer Science
Title: Social Media Sentiment Analysis with a Deep Neural Network: An Enhanced Approach Using User Behavioral Information
Committee: Dr. Elise de Doncker, Chair, Dr. Alvis Fong, Dr. Ikhlas Abdel-Qader
Time/Place: Thursday, October 31, 2019, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., D-210 CEAS, Parkview Campus

 

November

 

Candidate: Mary Francis Benzo Hernandez
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Education Leadership, Research and Technology
Title: Dominican Public School Novice Principals’ Description of Their Early Career Experiences and Needs Entering the Principalship
Committee: Dr. D. Eric Archer, Chair, Dr. Patricia Reeves, Dr. Nancy Bjorklund
Time/Place: Monday, November 4, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2401 Sangren Hall

 

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