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Public Notice of Final Defense for Fall  2017

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: May Bluestein

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Jazlin Ebenezer
  • Committee: Dr. JoAnn Snyder and Dr. Michael Giordano
  • Dissertation: Computer Assisted Language Learning for Spanish Oral Proficiency
  • Date: November 8, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Room: 370, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Ayed Abdullah Almoied

  • Major: Education Evaluation & Research
  • Advisor: Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky
  • Committee: Dr. William Hill, Dr. Francesca Pernice-Duca, Dr. Jack Sawilowsky and Dr. Michael Lance
  • Dissertation: Robustness and Comparative Power of Weldh-Aspin, Alexander-Govern and Yuen Tests Under Non-Normality and Variance Heteroscedasticity
  • Date: November 7, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Room: 312, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Nicolas Lenk

  • Major: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Shields
  • Committee: Dr. Ben Pogodzinski, Dr. Monte Piliawsky and Dr. Jasmine Ulmer
  • Dissertation: What Keeps Bringing the Kids Back? An Exploration of High School Video Game Clubs
  • Date: October 27, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 370 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Education Candidate: Daniel Long

  • Major: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Advisor: Dr. William Hill
  • Committee: Dr. Monte Piliawsky and Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky
  • Dissertation: The Predictive Value of Admissions Standards for Student Success at an Independent College of Art and Design
  • Date: October 24, 2017
  • Time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Room: 370 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Thomas Arnold Zook

  • Major: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Shields
  • Committee: Dr. Monte Piliawsky, Dr. Ben Pogodzinski and Dr. Cris Mayo
  • Dissertation: Justice...Not Just Us: How One District-Level Social Justice-Oriented Transformative Leadership Team Addresses Marginalization and Oppression
  • Date: October 25, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Room: 370 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Christina Chateauvert

  • Major: Instructional Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Monica Tracey
  • Committee: Dr. Ingrid Guerra-Lopez, Dr. Timothy Spannaus and Dr. James Quinn
  • Dissertation: A Quasi-Experimental Research Study Examining the Impact of Reflection on Self-Efficacy in Graduate Design Students
  • Date: October 17, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Room: 357, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Brigid Byrd

  • Major: Kinesiology
  • Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Martin
  • Committee: Dr. Noel Kulik, Dr. Whitney Moore and Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler
  • Dissertation: Psychosocial Predictors of College Student Athlete Burnout and Engagement
  • Date: September 20, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 a.m.
  • Room: 2152 Faculty Administration Bldg.

Public Notice of Final Defense for Spring/Summer 2017

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Darya Owens

  • Major: Special Education
  • Advisor: Dr. Susan Gabel
  • Committee: Dr. Monte Piliawsky, Dr. Chavon Jameel and Dr. Derek Daniels
  • Dissertation: Teachers' Pedagogical Responses to Prescribed Curriculum : A Mixed Methods Study
  • Date: August 2, 2017
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Room: 298, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Michele Rochester

  • Major: Instructional Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Monica Tracey
  • Committee: Dr. Ingrid Guerra-Lopez and Dr. Timothy Spannaus
  • Dissertation: Synchronous Communication and Its Effects on the Collaboration of Professional Workplace Employees Engaged in a Problem Activity
  • Date: June 20, 2017
  • Time: 4:00 p.m.
  • Room: 357, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: iris Ware

  • Major: Instructional Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Ingrid Guerra-Lopez
  • Committee: Dr. Timothy Spannaus, Dr. Ke Zhang and Dr. Ariel Levi
  • Dissertation: Aligning Learning and Talent Development Performance Outcomes with Organizational Objectives: A Proposed Model
  • Date: May 30, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 357, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Angela Principato

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Thomas Edwards
  • Committee: Dr. Asli Koca, Dr. Ben Pogodzinski and Dr. Daniel Frohardt
  • Dissertation: Readin', Writin', an' 'Rithmetic: Literacy Strategies in High School Mathematics
  • Date: May 18, 2017
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Room: 298, Education

Doctor of Education Candidate: Dedria Lynette Willis

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Jazlin Ebenezer
  • Committee: Dr.Kathleen Crawford-McKinney and Dr. Feleta Wilson
  • Dissertation: A Study of an Urban Michigan Adult Education Program
  • Date: May 10, 2017
  • Time: 8:00 a.m.
  • Room:298 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Bandar Abdullah Alshihri

  • Major: Instructional Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. James Moseley
  • Committee: Dr. Monica Tracey, Dr. Ingrid Guerra-Lopez and Dr. Thomas Naughton
  • Dissertation: Using Google Applications as Part of Cloud Computing to Improve Knowledge and Teaching Skills of Faculty Members at the University of Bisha, Bisha, Saudi Arabia
  • Date: March 16, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Room: 357, Education

Public Notice of Final Defense for Winter 2017

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Mona Saad Alamri

  • Major: Education Evaluation & Research
  • Advisor: Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky
  • Committee: Dr. Francesca Pernice-Duca, Dr. William Hill and Dr. Sharon Field
  • Dissertation: Reliability and Validity of an Arabic Version of the Self-Determination Assessment- Internet (SDA-i)
  • Date: March 13, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 312, Education

Doctor of Education Candidate: Russell Pickell

  • Major: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Advisor: Dr. Ben Pogodzinski
  • Committee: Dr. Michael Addonizio and Dr. Monte Piliawsky
  • Dissertation: A Study of the Effects of Various High School Scheduling Models and Scheduling Model Changes on Student Achievement in Michigan
  • Date: March 13, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 370 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Sabrina Ficano

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Justine Kane
  • Committee: Dr. Christine DeNicolo, Dr. Elizabeth Corah-Hopkins and Dr. Raffaele De Benedictis
  • Dissertation: The Roll of Collaboration and Performance-Based Assessment in Engaging Learners to Promote Real World Proficiency in Foreign Languages for an Increasingly Multilingual World
  • Date: March 10, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Room: 298, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Jennifer Porcaro

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Somers
  • Committee: Dr. Francesca Pernice-Duca, Dr. Barry Markman and Dr. Ty Partridge
  • Dissertation: Examination of Microsystem and Intrapersonal Variables Associated with Academic Achievement in Middle School
  • Date: March 9, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 349 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Meghan Fairless

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Somers
  • Committee: Dr. Francesca Pernice-Duca, Dr. Barry Markman and Dr. Douglas Bernett
  • Dissertation: Adolescent Achievement Relative Contributions of Social Emotional Learning,  Self-Efficacy and Microsystem Supports
  • Date: March 9, 2017
  • Time: 11:45 a.m.
  • Room: 349 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Alton James

  • Major: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Advisor: Dr. Ben Pogodzinski
  • Committee: Dr. William Hill, Dr. Silverenia Kanoyton and Dr. Ramona Benkert
  • Dissertation: Black Male Genocide: Sanctioned Segregation in American Policy
  • Date: March 8, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Room: 357 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Krista Clancy

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Somers
  • Committee: Dr. Francesca Pernice-Duca, Dr. Barry Markman and Dr. Diane Chugani
  • Dissertation: Assessing Parent Involvement in Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment for Children with Autism
  • Date: March 8, 2017
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Room: 349 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Yolande Alexander

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Maria Ferreira
  • Committee: Dr. Navaz Bhavnagri, Dr. William Hill and Dr. Lori Pile
  • Dissertation: An Exploration of the Factors that Contribute to the Success of African American Professionals in STEM-Related Careers
  • Date: March 7, 2017
  • Time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Room: 250, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Mandy Stewart

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Gina DeBlase
  • Committee: Dr. Kathleen Crawford-McKinney, Dr. William Hill and Dr. Heather Dillaway
  • Dissertation: Digital Literacies and "Glee": The Role of Fan Fiction Virtual Writing and Social Commentary in Response to Bullying Themes with Adolescent Writers
  • Date: March 7, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Room: 298, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Claudia Anagurthi

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Somers
  • Committee: Dr. Francesca Pernice-Duca, Dr. Barry Markman and Dr. Rita Casey
  • Dissertation: Applying an Ecological Model to Predict Adolescent Academic Achievement
  • Date: February 23, 2017
  • Time: 12:15 p.m.
  • Room: 349 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Elizabeth Robtoy

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Somers
  • Committee: Dr. Douglas Barnett, Dr. Francesca Pernice-Duca and Dr. Barry Markman
  • Dissertation: High School Adolescents' Academic Engagement, Behaviors, and Achievement: Associations with Intrapersonal Factors and Academic Support Systems
  • Date: February 23, 2017
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Room: 349 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Fatimah Hussain Alismail

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Stephen Hillman
  • Committee: Dr. Cheryl Somers, Dr. Francesca Pernice-Duca and Dr. Ann Stacks
  • Dissertation: Maternal Attachment Representations of the Infant in the First Year of Life: The Influence of Prenatal Factors
  • Date: February 22, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Room: 312 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Talal Alasmari

  • Major: Instructional Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Ke Zhang
  • Committee: Dr. Timothy Spannaus, Dr. Ingrid Guerra-Lopez and Dr. Hongwei Zhang
  • Dissertation: Mobile Learning Technology Acceptance Among Saudi Higher Education Students
  • Date: February 16, 2017
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Room: 370, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Lisa Ann Williams

  • Major: Instructional Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Ingrid Guerra-Loperz
  • Committee: Dr. Timothy Spannaus, Dr. Ke Zhang and Dr. Jeffrey Boats
  • Dissertation: Self-Efficacy: Understanding How African American Males Continue Towards Success in Mathematics in Higher Education
  • Date: December 15, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 370, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Janice Cook Johnson

  • Major: Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Muriel Shields
  • Committee: Dr. Michael Addonizio, Dr. Monte Piliawsky and Dr. R. Khari Brown
  • Dissertation: An Analysis of Gateway Programs on African American Retention: A Case Study in an Urban Higher Education Setting
  • Date: December 7, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 370, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Dong Li

  • Major: Education Evaluation & Research
  • Advisor: Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky
  • Committee: Dr. Barry Markman and Dr. Monte Piliawsky
  • Dissertation: Robustness and Power of the Student's t, Welch-Aspin, Yuen, Tukey Quick, and Haga Tests
  • Date: November 29, 2016
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Room: 312, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Helene Folske-Starlin

  • Major: Special Education
  • Advisor: Dr. Eruka Brocknek and Dr. Gerald Oglan
  • Committee: Dr. Gregory Zvric, Dr. Derek Daniels and Dr. Anne Tapp
  • Dissertation: Parental Perceptions of Effective Educators for Emotionally Impaired Students
  • Date: November 21, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Room: 250 Education Bldg

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Camelia Gligor

  • Major: Special Education
  • Advisor: Dr. Gerald R. Oglan and Dr. Cheryl Somers
  • Committee: Dr. Marshall Zumberg, Dr. Gregory Zvric and Dr. Derek Daniels
  • Dissertation: The Effectiveness of Advisory Programs with Teachers and Learning Disabled African-American Students with Urban High Schools
  • Date: October 17, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Room: 298 Education Bldg.

Public Notice of Final Defense for Fall 2016

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Khalid Alasfor

  • Major: Instructional Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Monica Tracey
  • Committee: Dr. Timothy Spannaus, Dr. Ke Zhang and Dr. Dian Walster
  • Dissertation: Social Media Adoption Among University Instructors in Saudi Arabia
  • Date: October 26, 2016
  • Time: 5:00 p.m.
  • Room: 357 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Todd Dollar

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Barry S. Markman
  • Committee: Dr. Stephen Hillman, Dr. Cheryl Somers and Dr. Marjorie Beeghly
  • Dissertation: Person-Level Predictors of Bullying and Bystander Behaviors of Middle School Students
  • Date: October 24, 2016
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Room: 349 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Kristin Orlich Lavoie

  • Major: Instructional Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Ke Zhang
  • Committee: Dr. Timothy Spannaus, Dr. Monica Tracey and Dr. Dian Walster
  • Dissertation: Using R2D2 to Create Information Literacy Objects in Academic Libraries: Design-Based Research
  • Date: October 24, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 357 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Michael B. Carrauthers

  • Major: Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Advisor: Dr. Ben Pogodzinski
  • Committee: Dr. Michael Owens, Dr. Michael Addonizio and Dr. Ronald J. Thorpe
  • Dissertation: A Measure of Efficiency Between Charter Schools and Traditional Public Shools in Michigan
  • Date: October 21, 2016
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Room: 370 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Tonya Renee' Norwood

  • Major: Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Advisor: Dr. Ben Pogodzinski and Dr. Michael Addonizio
  • Committee: Dr. Michael Owens, Dr. Tami Wright and Dr. Aaron Livingston
  • Dissertation: Relationship Between Principals and Teachers in Urban Schools: An Examination of Principal Leadership Practices and Teacher Moral
  • Date: October 19, 2016
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Room: 370 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Ronald Joseph Benedict II

  • Major: Kinesiology
  • Advisor: Dr. Qin Lai
  • Committee: Dr. Hermann-Josef Engels, Dr. Mariane Fahlman and Dr. Yuchuan Ding
  • Dissertation: Effects of Foreperiod Regularity and Muscle Size on Fractionated Reaction Time
  • Date: October 17, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Room: Room 6, Old Main

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Christine L. Hofer

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Thomas G. Edwards
  • Committee: Dr. S. Asli Ozgun-Koca, Dr. Jennifer M. Lewis and Dr. Kenneth R. Chelst
  • Dissertation: EThe Impact of Classroom Observations and Collaborative Feedback on Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Based on the Danielson Framework of Teaching
  • Date: October 5, 2016
  • Time: 8:00 a.m.
  • Room: 298 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Hasan Alzahrani

  • Major: Instructional Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Ingrid Guerra-Loperz
  • Committee: Dr. Timothy Spannaus, Dr. James Moseley and Dr. Dian Walster
  • Dissertation: The Prevalence of Key Needs Assessment Tasks as Perceived by Human Performance Improvement Practitioners
  • Date: September 20, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 357, Education

Doctor of Education Candidate: Andrea King-Jimenez

  • Major: Education Evaluation & Research
  • Advisor: Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky
  • Committee: Dr. Barry Markman and Dr. Monte Piliawsky
  • Dissertation: An Evaluation of the Predictors of Placement in Permanent Supportive Housing in the Detroit Metropolitan Communities
  • Date: September 6, 2016
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Room: 312, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Elizabeth Perkin Moen

  • Major: Education Evaluation & Research
  • Advisor: Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky
  • Committee: Dr. Michael Lance, Dr. Michael Owens, Dr. Sarah A. Rose and Dr. Timothy Butler
  • Dissertation: Objective Statistics for the Measurement of Agreement
  • Date: September 6, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 312, Education

Public Notice of Final Defense for Spring/Summer 2016

Doctor of Education Candidate: Natosha Nicole Floyd

  • Major: Education Evaluation & Research
  • Advisor: Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky
  • Committee: Dr. Michael Addonizio and Dr. Monte Piliawsky
  • Dissertation: Reliability and Validity of Michigan School Libraries for the 21st Century Measurement Benchmarks
  • Date: August 30, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Room: 312, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Zsa-Zsa Booker

  • Major: Education Evaluation & Research
  • Advisor: Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky
  • Committee: Dr. Kafi Kumasi, Dr. Jack Sawilowsky and Dr. William Hill
  • Dissertation: A New Logic Model for Change
  • Date: August 25, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Room: 312, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Patricia S. Radakovich

  • Major: Instructional Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Ingrid Guerra-Loperz
  • Committee: Dr. Timothy Spannaus, Dr. Ke Zhang and Dr. Marcus Dickson
  • Dissertation: The Relationship Between Organizational Culture, Intrinsic Motivation, and Employee Performance: A Systematic Review and Meta­ Analysis
  • Date: August 18, 2016
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Room: 357, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: David Adelstein

  • Major: Instructional Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Timothy Spannaus and Dr. Michael Barbour
  • Committee: Dr. Ke Zhang, Dr. James Moseley and Dr. Drew Polly
  • Dissertation: Redesigning the INACOL Standards for Online Course Design
  • Date: August 1, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 357, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Ebtesam Saleh Alhabeeb

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Kathryn L. Roberts
  • Committee: Dr. Justine Kane, Dr. Karen Feathers and Dr. Marta O. Dmytrenko-Ahrabian
  • Dissertation: Saudi Parents' Perceptions About Their Role in Their Children's Education in American Elementary Schools
  • Date: July 27, 2016
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Room: 423.3, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Meghan Elizabeth Pace-Slot

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Francesca Pernice-Duca
  • Committee: Dr. Cheryl Somers, Dr. Barry Markman and Dr. Alyssa McGonagle
  • Dissertation: Evaluation of the Relationship Between Clubhouse Organizational Structure and Employee Motivational Variables of Job Satisfaction, Organizational Commitment and Perceived Task Significance
  • Date: June 30, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Room: 425, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Kimberly Maljak

  • Major: Kinesiology
  • Advisor: Dr. Nate McCaughtry
  • Committee: Dr. Bo Shen, Dr. Erin Centeio and Dr. Alex Garn
  • Dissertation: African American High School Girls' Perceptions of Dance-Based Physical Education and Sport-Based Physical Education
  • Date: June 30, 2016
  • Time: 9:00 a.m.
  • Room: 2157 Faculty Administration Building

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Tammy Grace

  • Major: Education Evaluation & Research
  • Advisor: Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky
  • Committee: Dr. Barry Markman, Dr. Thomas Edwards and Dr. Claude Schochet
  • Dissertation: The Impact of Multiple Imputation on the Type II Error Rate of the T Test
  • Date: June 28, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Room: 312, WSU Oakland Center Campus

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Amanda Moar Kerbawy

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Francesca Pernice-Duca
  • Committee: Dr. Barry Markman, Dr. Erika Bocknek and Dr. Douglas Barnett
  • Dissertation: Examining Level of Differentiation and Conflict Resolution Styles Used in Romantic Relationships and Implications for Romantic Relationship Satisfaction
  • Date: June 27, 2016
  • Time: 2:30 p.m.
  • Room: 425, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Layla Habhab

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Francesca Pernice-Duca
  • Committee: Dr. Cheryl Somers, Stephen Hillman and Dr. Douglas Barnett
  • Dissertation: Recovery Experiences Amongst Arab American Clubhouse Members: Examining the Effects of Acculturation Perceived Family Support, Stigma and Gender on Mental Health Recovery
  • Date: June 24, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Room: 425, Education

Doctor of Education Candidate: Julianne Snider

  • Major: Reading, Language & Literature
  • Advisor: Dr. Karen Feathers
  • Committee: Dr. Poonam Arya and Dr. Mark Larson
  • Dissertation: Factors Influencing Teachers' Use, or Non-Use, of Small Group Discussion
  • Date: June 13, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Room: 250, Education

Doctor of Education Candidate: Stiles X. Simmons

  • Major: Reading, Language & Literature
  • Advisor: Dr. Karen Feathers
  • Committee: Dr. Karen Tonso and Dr. Poonam Arya
  • Dissertation: Leading African American Boys Towards Critical Literacy
  • Date: June 8, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 200, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Hong Ye

  • Major: Education Evaluation & Research
  • Advisor: Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky
  • Committee: Dr. Monte Piliawsky, Dr. Frank Castronova and Dr. Craig Stevens
  • Dissertation: Comparison of Cox Regression and Discrete Time Survival Models
  • Date: June 2, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Room: 312, Education

Doctor of Education Candidate: Timberly R. Robinson

  • Major: Education Evaluation & Research
  • Advisor: Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky
  • Committee: Dr. Donna Coulter and Dr. Feleta Wilson
  • Dissertation: Meta-Synthesis Comparison of Sampling Methods Using Coding Strategies and Social Media for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nursing Students
  • Date: June 1, 2016
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Room: 312, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Abdulaziz Alshgeri

  • Major: Instructional Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Ingrid Guerra-Lopez
  • Committee: Dr. James Moseley, Dr. Monica Tracey and Dr. Dian Walster
  • Dissertation: Needs Assessment as a Process for Change Management: Aligning Organizational Performance and Human Capital Investment with Strategic Planning and Change Creation
  • Date: May 27, 2016
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Room: 357, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Lila Gutuskey

  • Major: Kinesiology
  • Advisor: Dr. Nate McCaughtry
  • Committee: Dr. Mariane Fahlman, Dr. Erin Centeio, Dr. Noel Kulik and Dr. Alex Garn
  • Dissertation: Youth-led School Health Initiatives: Perceptions and Processes
  • Date: May 25, 2016
  • Time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Room: 2152 FAB

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Anas Mohammed Alshalan

  • Major: Instruction Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Monica Tracey
  • Committee: Dr. Ke Zhang, Dr. Timothy Spannaus and Dr. Dian Walster
  • Dissertation: The Effects of Wiki-Based Collaborative Writing on ESL Student's Individual Writing Performance
  • Date: May 25, 2016
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Room: 357, Education

Doctor of Education Candidate: Rachelle Warren

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky
  • Committee: Dr. Sharon Elliott and Dr. James Moseley
  • Dissertation: Acculturation and Multiculturalism of Students in Secondary Level Education Programs
  • Date: May 24, 2016
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Room: 312, Education

Doctor of Education Candidate: Ebony D. Green

  • Major: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Advisor: Dr. Michael Owens
  • Committee: Dr. William Hill and Dr. Monica Tracey
  • Dissertation: Advisors as Leaders: An Explanatory Study of the Perceptions that Professional Undergraduate Academic Advisors have about Leadership Development Skills
  • Date: May 11, 2016
  • Time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Room: 10, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Brigitte Knudson

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Gina DeBlase
  • Committee: Dr. Monte Piliawsky, Dr. Thomas Pedroni and Dr. Frances Ranney
  • Dissertation: The Convergence of Emotional Geography and Teaching: Considering Influences of Emotionality on Female High School English Teachers' Perceptions of Their Work
  • Date: May 6, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Room: 250, Education

Doctor of Education Candidate: Embekka Forehand Thompson

  • Major: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Advisor: Dr. Michael Addonizio
  • Committee: Dr. Monte Piliawsky and Dr. Ben Pogodzinski
  • Dissertation: Student, Teacher, School and District Determinants of Elementary School Accountability Classification in the Detroit Metropolitan Region
  • Date: April 25, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Room: 370, Education

Public Notice of Final Defense for Winter 2016

 

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Ahmad Salem Algolaylat

  • Major: Special Education
  • Advisor: Dr. Marshall Zumberg
  • Committee: Dr. Greg Zvric, Dr. Gerald Oglan and Dr. Derek Daniels
  • Dissertation: The Evaluation of Educational Inclusion Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Jordan
  • Date: April 20, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Room: 425, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Olubusayo Olojo

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Jazlin Ebenezer
  • Committee: Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky, Dr. Elizabeth Corah-Hopkins and Dr. Donald Haase
  • Dissertation: Developing University Students' Argumentative Discourse: An Ill-structured Issue Pertaining to Black African Immigrants and African Americans
  • Date: March 25, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 312, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Gihan Fradi

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Maria Ferreira
  • Committee: Dr. Justine Kane, Dr. Christina DeNicolo and Dr. Reginald Shepps
  • Dissertation: A Study of the Sociolinguistic Challenges of Arab-American ESL Students in a Science Classroom
  • Date: March 23, 2016
  • Time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Room: 298, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Pearl Moore Weiss

  • Major: Counseling
  • Advisor: Dr. George Parris
  • Committee: Dr. Douglas Barnett, Dr. JoAnne Holbert, Dr. Stuart Itzkowitz and Dr. Patrick Brice
  • Dissertation: Examining the Relationship Between Mental Health Professionals Knowledge and Beliefs as Predictors of Attitudes Toward the Deaf
  • Date: March 22, 2016
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Room: 312, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Wadeeah Alshawi

  • Major: Instructional Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Ke Zhang
  • Committee: Dr. Timothy Spannaus, Dr. Ingrid Guerra-Lopez and Dr. Benjamin Benson
  • Dissertation: Using Video Games to Increase the Motivation of Saudi Students Learning the English Language
  • Date: March 22, 2016
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Room: 357, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Monica McLeod

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Sally Roberts
  • Committee: Dr. S. Asli Koca, Dr. Jennifer Lewis and Dr. Steven M. Kahn
  • Dissertation: Math Coaching in Metropolitan Detroit
  • Date: March 22, 2016
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Room: 298, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Hiba Kahil Elhajj

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Poonam Arya
  • Committee: Dr. Karen Feathers, Dr. Kate Roberts and Dr. Bruce Morgan
  • Dissertation: Funds of Knowledge of Arab Immigrant Families: An Examination of the Perceptions of High School Students, Parents and Teachers
  • Date: March 22, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 298, Education

Doctor of Education Candidate: Manal M. Assi

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Sandra Gonzales
  • Committee: Dr. Poonam Arya and Dr. Sharon Elliott
  • Dissertation: The Effects of Self-Selecting Reading Materials Versus Reading by Choice Using Prescribed Leveled Reading on Arabic Speaking ELLs' Reading Achievement and Attitude
  • Date: March 10, 2016
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Room: 298, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Nada Alrajhi

  • Major: Special Education
  • Advisor: Dr. Ann Stacks
  • Committee: Dr. Marshall Zumberg, Dr. Francesca Pernice-Duca, Dr. Steven Ilmer and Dr. Marjorie Beeghly
  • Dissertation: Parental Mind-Mindedness and Language Development in Early Infancy
  • Date: March 10, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Room: 425, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Paul Deschamps

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Somers
  • Committee: Dr. Stephen Hillman, Dr. Francesca Pernice-Duca and Dr. Ty Partridge
  • Dissertation: The Effect of Individual Character Strengths on Adolescent Academic Achievement and Risky School Behavior
  • Date: March 9, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Room: 359, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Zora Cvetkovski-Injic

  • Major: Education Evaluation & Research
  • Advisor: Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky
  • Committee: Dr. William Hill, Dr. Timothy Spannaus, Dr. Irwin Jopps and Dr. Danica Vukmirovic
  • Dissertation: Development of the Acute Decompensated Heart Failure Risk Model for Emergency Room Resident Training
  • Date: March 8, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Room: 312, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Minakshi Lahiri

  • Major: Instructional Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Ke Zhang
  • Committee: Dr. Timothy Spannaus, Dr. Monica Tracey and Dr. Jerry Herron
  • Dissertation: Effect of Expert Modeling on Ill-Structured Problem Solving in an Undergraduate General Education Honors Course
  • Date: March 4, 2016
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Room: 357, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Aaron Michael Johnson

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Gina DeBlase
  • Committee: Dr. Kathleen Crawford-McKinney, Dr. Michael Owens and Dr. Robert Smith
  • Dissertation: Understanding the In-School Literacies of African American Males Through a Sociocultural Paradigm: Implication of Teacher Professional Development
  • Date: March 3, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Room: 250, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Kellie Cunningham

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Maria Ferreira
  • Committee: Dr. Kathleen Crawford-McKinney, Dr. William Hill and Dr. Jeffrey Ram
  • Dissertation: Variables that Impact the Implementation of Project-Based Learning in High School Science
  • Date: March 2, 2016
  • Time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Room: 298, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Hanan Elali Fadlallah

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Navaz Bhavnagri
  • Committee: Dr. Gerald Oglan and Dr. James Moseley
  • Dissertation: The Relationship Between Generation, First and Second, Ethnic Identity, Modernity, and Acculturation Among Immigrant Lebanese American Women
  • Date: March 1, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 425, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Kathryn Therese Combs

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Somers
  • Committee: Dr. Francesca Pernice-Duca, Dr. Noel Kulik and Dr. Marjorie Beeghly
  • Dissertation: High School Students' Physical Health: Associations with Intrapersonal, Family, Peer, Academic, and Risk Behavior Factors
  • Date: February 29, 2016
  • Time: 11:45 a.m.
  • Room: 349, Education

Doctor of Education Candidate: Carey Anne Aubrey-Martinez

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Bob Pettapiece
  • Committee: Dr. Gerald Oglan and Dr. James Moseley
  • Dissertation: Cooperative Learning Experiences in Social Studies Classrooms and the Effect on Self-Determination for Students with and without IEPs
  • Date: February 16, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Room: 298, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Sarah Alta Rose

  • Major: Educational Evaluation and Research
  • Advisor: Dr. Barry Markman
  • Committee: Dr. Monte Piliawsky, Dr. Boris Shulkin, Dr. James Gleason and Dr. Kraig Warnemuende
  • Dissertation: Estimating Effects of Non-Normality in Assessing Structural Equation Model Fit for Use of Physical Science Data
  • Date: February 15, 2016
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Room: 312, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Denise Wunderlich

  • Major: Instructional Technology
  • Advisor: Dr. Ingrid Guerra-Lopez
  • Committee: Dr. Timothy Spannaus, Dr. Ke Zhang, and Dr. Nataly Korinkova
  • Dissertation: Personal Learning Environments for Business Organizations
  • Date: February 2, 2016
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Room: 357, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Shaun M. Black

  • Major: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Advisor: Dr. Michael Owens
  • Committee: Dr. Michael Addonizio, Dr. Justine Kane and Dr. John Portz
  • Dissertation: An Examination of Urban School Governance Reform in Detroit Public Schools, 1999-2014
  • Date: January 28, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 370, Education

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: David Gregg

  • Major: Educational Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Somers
  • Committee: Dr. Stephen Hillman, Dr. Francesca Pernice-Duca and Dr. Poco Kernsmith
  • Dissertation: Teen Perceptions of Cell Phone and Internet Sexual Messaging: Trends and Predictors
  • Date: January 27, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: 349, 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.