Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) Dissertations

2022
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Michele Ehrhart

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Michele Ehrhart

Student and Teacher Perspectives on Asynchronous Learning during the COVID Pandemic

To be presented on Thursday, December 1st, 2022 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in the Beekey Education Building, room 125.

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder
  • Committee Members: Dr. Roseanne Perkins and Dr. Gregory Shelley
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Shelby Sammartino

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Shelby Sammartino

Understanding Your Cultural Identities: A Self-Study of the Impact of One’s Cultural Identities on Interpreting Interactions

Presented on Monday, November 21st, 2022.

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Michele White
  • Committee Members: Dr. Brenda Muzeta and Dr. Patricia Tinsman-Schaffer
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Jane Ammon

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Jane Ammon

Decentering Whiteness in Teacher Education Through a Creative Self Study of Womanist Pedagogy

Presented on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022.

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Brenda Muzeta
  • Committee Members: Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder and Dr. Michele White

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Lori G. Berryman

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Lori G. Berryman

Another Empty Seat: Educators’ Experiences with Trauma and Grief After a Student Death

Presented on Friday, April 15th, 2022.

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Kathleen Stanfa
  • Committee Members: Dr. Patricia Walsh Coates and Dr. Scott Tracy

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Tracy Driehaus

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Tracy Driehaus

Blinded by Whiteness: Middle-Class White Teachers’ Explorations of Identity and Deficit Discourse at the Intersection of Race, Class, and Perceived Ability

Presented on Thursday, March 10th, 2022.

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Michele White
  • Committee Members: Dr. Brenda Muzeta and Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder

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Amanda Holbrook

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Amanda Holbrook

A Critical Analysis of Cultura in Spanish World Language Textbooks

Presented on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022.

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Brenda Muzeta
  • Committee Members: Dr. Patricia Walsh Coates and Dr. Kathryn Accurso

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Karen A. Ladley

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Karen A. Ladley

Learning to Navigate the Unknown: The Importance of Critical Reflection and Collaboration for Community College Faculty During a Pandemic

Presented on Thursday, April 7th, 2022.

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Brenda Muzeta
  • Committee Members: Dr. Michele White and Dr. Cheryl Doll

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Ed Luckey

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Ed Luckey

Belonging and Banding Together: Perspectives and Insights of Newly Recruited ELL Musicians

Presented on Monday, June 13th, 2022.

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Kathleen Stanfa
  • Committee Members: Dr. Michele White and Dr. Francis Kumor

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Karise Mace

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Karise Mace

Mathematics is Art: The Impact of a Non-traditional Metaphor on Teacher Mindset and Instructional Practices in Mathematics

Presented on Monday, April 18th, 2022.

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Michele White
  • Committee Members: Dr. Kathleen Stanfa and Dr. Erin Kraal

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MaryJo Rosania-Harvie

Oral Dissertation Presentation by MaryJo Rosania-Harvie

Strength, Beauty, and Resilience: The Impact of Self Reflection & Exploration of Memory on Postmodern Feminist Educators, Inside and Outside the Classroom

Presented on Friday, April 8th, 2022.

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Kathleen Stanfa
  • Committee Members: Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder and Dr. Michele White

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Melanie A. Turrano

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Melanie A. Turrano

The Recovery Coach: An Intentional, Relational Interventionist as a Response to the COVID-19 Incomplete Grade Trend

Presented on Thursday, March 10th, 2022.

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Kathleen Stanfa
  • Committee Members: Dr. Michele White and Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder

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Paul F. Walsh

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Paul F. Walsh

Writing through Whiteness: Utilizing Personal Narratives to Strengthen the Racial Competency of White Teachers

Presented on Friday, February 11th, 2022

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Kathleen Stanfa
  • Committee Members: Dr. Brenda Muzeta and Dr. Samuel J. Tanner

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2021
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Denise Bosler

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Denise Bosler

How Will I Thrive? Developing Designer Professional Identity Among Undergraduate Communication Design Students

Presented on Monday, February 15th, 2021

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Catherine McGeehan
  • Committee Members: Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer and Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder

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Richman Mathis II

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Richman Mathis II

The Impact of Relationships on School Culture From Perspectives of Faculty at a Philadelphia High School

Presented on Thursday, May 20th, 2021

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Andrew Miness
  • Committee Members: Dr. Flannery O'Connor and Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer

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Daniel E. McClary

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Daniel E. McClary

In Search of Kinship: Traveling into new worlds through conversation and the impact on building community

Presented on Thursday, May 13th, 2021

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Andrew Miness
  • Committee Members: Dr. Catherine McGeehan and Dr. Brenda Muzeta

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Daniel J. Metzger

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Daniel J. Metzger

Journaling on the Transition to College: Foucauldian Approaches in the First-Year Writing Classroom

Presented on Friday, March 19th, 2021

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer
  • Committee Members: Dr. Catherine McGeehan and Dr. Amy Lynch-Biniek

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Heather Elizabeth Osborn

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Heather Elizabeth Osborn

The Writing for Healing and Transformation Project

Presented on Monday, March 22nd, 2021

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer
  • Committee Members: Dr. Andrew Miness and Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder

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Samantha G. Piller

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Samantha G. Piller

Stakeholder Perspectives: How Participation in a Work-Based Learning Program Affects Perceptions

Presented on Thursday, April 1st, 2021

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer
  • Committee Members: Dr. Andrew Miness and Dr. Diane King

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Brittany Purr-Brehony

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Brittany Purr-Brehony

Transforming the Urban Educator: The Power of Reflection and Its Effect on Teacher Perception, Essential Teaching Dispositions, and Teacher Leadership

Presented on Friday, April 9th, 2021

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Andrew Miness
  • Committee Members: Dr. Catherine McGeehan and Gina Beaver

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Elizabeth Ehrig Schucker

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Elizabeth Ehrig Schucker

Changed Agents: Cultivating Students’ Civic Identity Through Participation in a Social Justice-Themed Book Club as a Subversive Approach to Critical Literacy in Education

Presented on Monday, March 8th, 2021

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Catherine McGeehan
  • Committee Members: Dr. Andrew Miness and Dr. Terre Sychterz

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Cathy A. Shappell

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Cathy A. Shappell

Breaking Barriers and Bread to Build Bridges: How do Latina/o families and schools develop meaningful home-school relationships?

Presented on Monday, March 29th, 2021

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Catherine McGeehan
  • Committee Members: Dr. Andrew Miness and Dr. Roula Elliker

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Nicole M. Wack

Oral Dissertation Presentation by Nicole M. Wack

Bridging barriers in inclusive classrooms: Avenues for communication between general education teachers and families

Presented on Monday, March 29th, 2021

  • Committee Chair: Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer
  • Committee Members: Dr. Catherine McGeehan and Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder

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2020
  • Erin Brown

    The Effect of Differentiated Instruction Training on the Instructional Strategies of Education Trainees at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

    Presented on Thursday, March 19th, 2020

    • Committee Chair: Dr. Helen Hamlet
    • Committee Members: Dr. Kathleen Stanfa and Dr. Heather Fountain

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  • Jaime Linn Brown

    Socially Just Artmaking: A Practitioner's Inquiry of Passionate Teaching for Compassionate Action

    Presented on Monday, April 13th, 2020

    • Committee Chair: Dr. Helen Hamlet
    • Committee Members: Dr. Amber Pabon and Brian Lehman

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  • Marlene Nanouh Fares

    The Relationship Between Academic Advising and Student Motivation on the Persistence of Freshman Exploratory Studies Students

    Presented on Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

    • Committee Chair: Dr. Kathleen Stanfa
    • Committee Members: Dr. Helen Hamlet and Dr. Edwin Nieves

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  • Andrew Healey

    Community-Based Learning: Face-to-Face Tandem Language Exchanges as a Complementary Course Component for Acquisition of Spanish

    Presented on Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

    • Committee Chair: Dr. Kathleen Stanfa
    • Committee Members: Dr. Amber Pabon and Dr. Ericka Parra

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  • Leila Little

    How We Got Here: Testimonios of Secondary Latina Educators

    Presented on Monday, March 30th, 2020

    • Committee Chair: Dr. Amber Pabon
    • Committee Members: Dr. Helen Hamlet and Dr. Amy Pfiler-Wunder

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  • Emily A. Pisco

    “I guess somebody already told you”: LGBTQ+ Students’ Experiences in Secondary School Contexts

    Presented on Friday, March 20th, 2020

    • Committee Chair: Dr. Amber Pabon
    • Committee Members: Dr. Kathleen Stanfa and Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer

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  • Lisa M. Skiadas

    Proactive Prosocial Strategies Employed by First-Grade Teachers

    Presented on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

    • Committee Chair: Dr. Helen Hamlet
    • Committee Members: Dr. Amber Pabon and Dr. Susan Ursprung

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  • Philip L. Specht

    Teacher Perception: Secondary Level Skill Development Support for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities

    Presented on Monday, April 13th, 2020

    • Committee Chair: Dr. Kathleen Stanfa
    • Committee Members: Dr. Amber Pabon and Dr. George Fiore

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  • Anthony M. Tartaglia

    The Potential Impact of Online Learning on Economically Disadvantaged Students

    Presented on Monday, April 6th, 2020

    • Committee Chair: Dr. Helen Hamlet
    • Committee Members: Dr. Kathleen Stanfa and Dr. Scott Tracy

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  • Patricia J. Tinsman-Schaffer

    Making the Journey Personal: A Self-Study of the Intersections of Curriculum, Practice, and Identity

    Presented on Thursday, March 26th, 2020

    • Committee Chair: Dr. Amber Pabon
    • Committee Members: Dr. Kathleen Stanfa and Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder

    View & download dissertation here.

 

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