Public Notices / Dissertation Public Lecture Presentations

Public Notice of Final Defense for Spring/Summer 2018

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Nicholas J. Siekirk

  • Major: Kinesiology
  • Advisor: Dr. Mariane Falhman
  • Committee: Dr. Neha Gothe, Dr. Qin Lai and Dr. Sujay Galen
  • Dissertation: The Effect of Treadmill vs. Recumbent Cross Trainer on Gait and Lower Extremity Electromyography After Chronic Stroke
  • Date: June 28, 2018
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: Applebaum Bldg., Room 0610

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Jeanne VanLaan

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Thomas Pedroni
  • Committee: Dr. Monte Piliawsky, Dr. Min Yu and Dr. Christopher Robbins
  • Dissertation: Trailer Park Kids: An Ethnographic Study of Identity Formation in an Affluent Suburban Middle School
  • Date: June 7, 2018
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Room: 298 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Bradley James Kendall

  • Major: Kinesiology
  • Advisor: Dr. Qin Lai
  • Committee: Dr. Hermann J. Engels, Dr. Erin Whitney G. Moore and Dr. Moh Malik
  • Dissertation: The Effects of Acute Exercise on Postural Control, Information Processing, Motor Skill Acquisition, and Executive Function
  • Date: May 25, 2018
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Room: Old Main, Room 6

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Leah Robinson

  • Major: Learning Design & Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Ingrid Guerra-Lopez
  • Committee: Dr. Ke Zhang, Dr. Timothy Spannaus and Dr. Matthew Jackson
  • Dissertation: Individual Learning Plans and Performance Measurement, Management, and Improvement in Premedical Post Baccalaureate Education
  • Date: May 17, 2018
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Room: Room 10, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Dareen Alsulami

  • Major: Learning Design & Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Monica Tracey
  • Committee: Dr. Ke Zhang, Dr. William Hill and Dr. Sara Kacin
  • Dissertation: A Systematic Review: Incorporating Social Media Tools Into Language Learning
  • Date: May 16, 2018
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 357, Education

Doctor of Education Candidate: Maurice Kavanagh

  • Major: Education Evaluation & Research
  • Advisor: Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky
  • Committee: Dr. Monte Piliawsky and Dr. Irwin Jopps
  • Dissertation: The Effect of Number of Imputations on Parameter Estimates in Multiple Imputation with Small Sample Sizes
  • Date: May 2, 2018
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Room: 312, Education Bldg

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Seth Roseman

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Barry Markman
  • Committee: Dr. Cheryl Somers, Dr. Stephen Hillman and Dr. Tom Fischer
  • Dissertation: Sibling Victimization Predicted by Parent and Sibling Related Factors and Resilience as a Moderator of Predicted School Engagement
  • Date: April 25, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Room: Room: 312, Education

Doctor of Education Candidate: Mona King

  • Major: Education Evaluation & Research
  • Advisor: Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky
  • Committee: Dr. Barry Markman and Dr. Monte Piliawsky
  • Dissertation: A Comparison of Discriminant Function Analysis and Logistic Regression by Categorizing the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
  • Date: April 24, 2018
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Room: 312, Education Bldg

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Nawal Abbas

  • Major: Learning Design & Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Monica Tracey
  • Committee: Dr. Ingrid Guerra-Lopez, Timothy Spannaus and Dr. Matthew Cole
  • Dissertation: Inferencing Reading Strategy Used to Improve Reading Comprehension of Adult ESL Students
  • Date: April 18, 2018
  • Time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Room: 357, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Edna Collins Scott

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Francesca Pernice
  • Committee: Dr. Stephen Hillman, Dr. Cheryl Somers and Dr. Marjorie Beeghly
  • Dissertation: Contextual Predictors of Adolescent Commitment to School in an Urban Sample
  • Date: March 26, 2018
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Room: Faculty Lounge, 423.3 Education Bldg.

Public Notice of Final Defense for Winter 2018

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Ahmet Ustun

  • Major: Learning Design & Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Monica Tracey
  • Committee: Dr. Timothy Spannaus, Dr. Ke Zhang and Dr. Dian Walster
  • Dissertation: Moving Toward Blended Learning: A Multiple Case Design Based Research Study in Higher Education
  • Date: March 22, 2018
  • Time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Room: 357, Education

Doctor of Education Candidate: Smriti Panda

  • Major: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Advisor: Dr. William Hill
  • Committee: Dr. Mike Addonizio and Dr. Monte Piliawsky
  • Dissertation: International Students and Choice: Influence of Institutional Communications When Selecting a Higher Educational Institution in the United States
  • Date: March 15, 2018
  • Time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Room: 370 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Erica Thomas

  • Major: Kinesiology
  • Advisor: Dr. Nate McCaughtry
  • Committee: Dr. Jeff Martin, Dr. Noel Kulik and Dr. Catalina Kopetz
  • Dissertation: Effects of Work Physical Activity Culture and Basic Needs on Physical Activity Outcomes
  • Date: March 20, 2018
  • Time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Room: 425 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Lauren Courtney Scott

  • Major: Kinesiology
  • Advisor: Dr. Bo Shen
  • Committee: Dr. Nate McCaughtry, Dr. Erin Centeio and Dr. Krista Brumley
  • Dissertation: African-American Collegiate Women's Perception and Participation in Physical Activity
  • Date: March 9, 2018
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Room: 2152 Faculty Administration Bldg.

Doctor of Education Candidate: Juan Jose Martinez

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Sandra Gonzales
  • Committee: Dr. Christina DeNicolo and Dr. Sharon Elliott
  • Dissertation: Me and My Homeboys: An Autoethnography on a Sense of Belonging as a Detroit Latino Student
  • Date: March 9, 2018
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 250 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Stefanie Gill Scalcucci

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Somers
  • Committee: Dr. Francesca Pernice, Dr. Dante Dixson and Dr. Angelique Day
  • Dissertation: Predicting Adolescent Academic Achievement: The Role of Intrapersonal and Risk Behavior Factors
  • Date: March 9, 2018
  • Time: 12:15 p.m.
  • Room: Faculty Lounge, 423.3 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Wafa Ali

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Somers
  • Committee: Dr. Francesca Pernice, Dr. Dante Dixson and Dr. Douglas Barnett
  • Dissertation: Parental Communication Style and Adolescent Intrapersonal Variables: Associations with Academic Achievement
  • Date: March 9, 2018
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Room: Faculty Lounge, 423.3 Education Bldg

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Heather R. Hess

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Francesca Pernice
  • Committee: Dr. Barry Markman, Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky and Dr. Douglas Barnett
  • Dissertation: The Systemic Impact of Clubhouse: Examining the Effects of Clubhouse Member Participation on Familial Caretakers
  • Date: March 7, 2018
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Room: Faculty Lounge, 423.3 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Nadia Habhab

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Francesca Pernice
  • Committee: Dr. Cheryl Somers, Dr. Barry Markman and Dr. Marjorie Beeghly
  • Dissertation: The Perceived Barriers and Facilitators of Therapeutic Work with Arabic Clients; Examining Therapists' Attitudes Towards Stigma and Recovery from Mental Illness
  • Date: March 7, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Room: Faculty Lounge, 423.3 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Education Candidate: Viviana Muriel de Bonafede

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Christina DeNicolo
  • Committee: Dr. Sharon Elliott, Dr. William Hill and Dr. Brigid Burke
  • Dissertation: Examining World Language Teachers' Maximized TL Use in the Teaching of  Novice Learners
  • Date: March 6, 2018
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Room: 250 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Tina O'Neal

  • Major: Special Education
  • Advisor: Dr. Susan Gabel
  • Committee: Dr. Steven Ilmer, Dr. Poonam Arya and Dr. Derek Daniels
  • Dissertation: Common Core State Standards' Influences on Teacher Self-Efficacy and Instructional Practices for Students with Learning Disabilities
  • Date: March 6, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Room: 425, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Mohammed Fahad Almohazie

  • Major: Education Evaluation & Research
  • Advisor: Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky
  • Committee: Dr. Barry Markman, Dr. Saverpierre Maggio and Dr. Abdullah Aljughalman
  • Dissertation: Reliability and Validity of an Arabic Translation of Academic Self-Efficacy Scale (ASE) on Students at King Faisal University
  • Date: March 6, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Room: 370, Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Karamjeet K. Dhillon

  • Major: Kinesiology
  • Advisor: Dr. Erin Centeio
  • Committee: Dr. Nate McCaughtry, Dr. Monte Piliawsky, Dr. Jasmine Ulmer and Dr. Douglas Risner
  • Dissertation: Dialogical Exchanges: Convention Refugee Youth and Creative Movement Programming
  • Date: March 5, 2018
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Room: Faculty Lounge, 423.3 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Dawn M. Aziz

  • Major: Instructional Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Ingrid Guerra-Lopez
  • Committee: Dr. Monica Tracey, Dr. Timothy Spannaus and Dr. Marcus Dickson
  • Dissertation: Competencies and Strategies Utilized by Higher Education Leaders During Planned Change
  • Date: February 16, 2018
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 357, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Majed Alharthi

  • Major: Instructional Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Ke Zhang
  • Committee: Dr. Ingrid Guerra-Lopez, Dr. Timothy Spannaus and Dr. Deborah Charbonneau
  • Dissertation: Using Social Media in Flipped Classrooms in Saudi Universities: Faculty Members' Experiences
  • Date: January 11, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Room: 357, Education

Conduct of the Doctoral Dissertation Public Lecture Presentation and Defense

The Doctoral Dissertation Public Lecture Presentation and Defense has three phases: the public lecture presentation and defense; a private meeting of the dissertation committee with the candidate; and the evaluation of the candidate's performance by the dissertation committee, in the absence of the audience and the candidate.

The Public Lecture Presentation and Defense

In the public presentation and defense, the candidate is expected to share the results of his/her dissertation research with the audience and the dissertation committee. This lecture or presentation may vary in length depending on the circumstances or discipline. Its conduct shall be under the jurisdiction of the candidate's dissertation advisor, serving as the Graduate Examiner. At the end of this public lecture or presentation, the dissertation committee members, as well as members of the audience, are encouraged to direct to the candidate questions pertaining to the presentation or research.

The Dissertation Advisory Committee's Meeting with the Candidate

At the conclusion of the public presentation and defense, the dissertation committee members meet privately with the candidate to pose further questions about the candidate's research or to address issues related to the dissertation manuscript. The Graduate Examiner presides at this meeting.

The Evaluation of the Candidate's Performance

Following completion of the public presentation and defense and the private meeting of the candidate with the committee, the dissertation committee members, in the absence of the candidate and audience, discuss the candidate's performance and decide whether or not he/she has passed the defense. If the candidate will need to make extensive corrections to the manuscript (ones requiring more than ten days), he/she should not be passed. The Graduate Examiner chairs the discussion and communicates the result to the candidate.

Graduate Examiners

The Graduate Examiner is usually the major advisor and chair of the Committee. The doctoral candidate reserves the right to request from the Graduate Director of the College, the appointment of a Graduate Examiner.  All such requests must be made in writing at least two weeks in advance of the final defense. A Graduate Examiner may also be appointed at the discretion of the Graduate Director of the College.

The Graduate Examiner is the presiding officer and is responsible for the conduct of the examination.  The Dissertation Public Lecture Presentation and Defense may not be convened until all members of the Committee are present, nor may any committee member leave until the presentation is concluded.  After the examination, the Graduate Examiner shall excuse the candidate until the committee has prepared its report.  If the candidate has failed, the Graduate Examiner Graduate Examiner shall indicate to the candidate and to the Graduate Education Office (under "Recommendations") what additional work the candidate must do before a second examination is held.  The second examination may not be held until at least one academic term had elapsed, but must be held within one calendar year following the first examination.  Results of the second examination are considered final.

If during the Dissertation Public Lecture Presentation and Defense, any inappropriate incident occurs, or if any serious controversy between members of the Committee develops, or inappropriate informality is evident, the Graduate Examiner shall intervene, excuse the candidate, resolve the issue, and secure assent as to procedure before recalling the candidate and resuming the examination.  If the issue cannot be resolved satisfactorily, the examination shall be recessed or postponed, and the problem referred to the Graduate Director of the College.

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