Graduate School
Doctoral Degrees
AUGUST 2014

DOCTOR OF MUSICAL ARTS

  • Wendy A. Grew - Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
    Dissertation:  “A Guide to Electro-Acoustic Performance for the Acoustic Oboist” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Michelle Vigneau
  • T. Jon Pelon - Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
    Dissertation:  “’Pranks and Puns’: The Use of the Tenor Tuba in Janáček’s Capriccio” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. John T. Mueller

DOCTOR OF EDUCATION

  • Abigail L. Braddock – Department of Leadership
    Dissertation:  “Organized Chaos:  A Qualitative Case Study of the Initiative to Measure Teacher Effectiveness in Tennessee” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Larry McNeal
  • Dorian S. B. Brown – Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
    Dissertation:  “Mobile Learning for Communicative Language Teaching: An Exploration of How Higher Education Language Instructors Design Communicative MALL Environments” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Michael M. Grant
  • Tiffany LaRae Freeze Denton – Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
    Dissertation:  “Temporal Discounting: Using a Shifting Delay Procedure to Teach Delay-to-Reinforcement” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. James N. Meindl
  • Margaret Ann Gilmore – Department of Leadership
    Dissertation:  “A Comparative Analysis of the Peak Experiences of Eleventh Grade Students Who Are On Track and Are Not On Track for Graduation” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Reginald L. Green
  • Jerry Anthony Hunnicutt – Department of Leadership
    Dissertation:  “Online Course Attrition in Arkansas’ Two-Year Colleges” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Barbara Mullins-Nelson
  • Sharlese Louise James – Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
    Dissertation:  “How a Computer-Assisted Instructional Program Affects the Reading Fluency of a Selected Group of Second Grade Students” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Lee E. Allen
  • William Melvin Johnson, Sr. – Department of Leadership
    Dissertation:  “An Examination of Traditional and Non-Traditional African American Male Students’ Perceptions of the Community College Environment, their Quality of Effort, Gains, and Inclination to Persist” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Larry McNeal
  • Rosalynn Martin – Department of Leadership
    Dissertation:  “Examining the Factors Influencing Female African American Doctoral Students to Select Higher Education Leadership as a Career” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Katrina A. Meyer
  • Emily Warren Meadows – Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
    Dissertation:  “A Model for Educating and Training School Counselor Directors” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Richard K. James
  • Heather Annie Marie Sacharczyk – Department of Leadership
    Dissertation:  “Rural School Districts’ Personnel Directors’ and Human Resource Directors’ Factors and Strategies of the Recruitment and Retention of Teachers” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Larry McNeal
  • Vonda Kim Scipio – Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
    Dissertation:  “Examining Teacher Efficacy in an Urban School District through an Induction and Mentoring Program” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Vivian Gunn Morris
  • Sarah Dawn Smilowitz – Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
    Dissertation:  “The Effect of High-Stakes Testing and Social Studies Pedagogy:  An Examination of Social Studies Teaching Methods and Curriculum” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Jeffrey M. Byford
  • Jeffrey Brian Smith – Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
    Dissertation:  “Evaluating the Use of Video Observations with Behavioral Clinical Supervision” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Laura B. Casey
  • Carol Lee Shelly Wallace – Department of Leadership
    Dissertation:  “Learning to Practice: A Case Study of the Experiences of Public Health Registered Dietitians in Professional Lifelong Learning” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Mitsunori Misawa
  • Willie Carnell Williams –Department of Leadership
    Dissertation:  “Parent Perceptions of Parental Involvement in a Mid-South Suburban School District” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Larry McNeal

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

  • Robin Johnson Brooksby – Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
    Dissertation:  “Social Media: A Case of Publicness” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Sara K. Bridges
  • Aaron William Brown – Department of Chemistry
    Dissertation:  “Using Gas Chromatography to Investigate Volatile Organics in Drinking Water” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Gary L. Emmert
  • Laurie A. Burke – Department of Psychology
    Dissertation:  “Spiritual Struggle Following Violent Death Loss: Complicated Grief and Complicated Spiritual Grief” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Robert A. Neimeyer
  • Lauren Elizabeth Burrows – School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Dissertation:  “The Learning of Phonetic Flap by English Language Learners: Data from Kindergarten and Fourth Grade” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. D. Kimbrough Oller
  • Xueyuan Cao – Department of Mathematical Sciences
    Dissertation:  “Set Based Association Testing in High Dimensional Genomic Studies” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. E. Olusegun George
  • Ronald H. Dallas, Jr. – School of Public Health
    Dissertation:  “Post-Transition Outcomes from Pediatric to Adult Health Care among Young People Living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Satish K. Kedia
  • Heather Jane Dannison – Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
    Dissertation:  “Identity Negotiation: Straight-Ally Conservative Christians in the Mid-South” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Sara K. Bridges
  • Vivek Varma Datla – Department of Computer Science
    Dissertation:  “Data-Driven Approach for Thematic Role Extraction” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. King-Ip Lin
  • Ramya Dharam – Department of Computer Science
    Dissertation:  “Runtime Monitoring Technique to Detect and Prevent SQL Injection Attacks” 
    Major Professor: Dr. Sajjan G. Shiva
  • Jordan A. Fields – Department of Psychology
    Dissertation:  “Exercise, PTSD Symptoms, and Weight Loss in a National Weight Management Program” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Meghan E. McDevitt-Murphy
  • Bridget Sutton Fisher – Department of Biological Sciences
    Dissertation:  “Modeling Giardia-Host Interactions: Mechanisms of Barrier Dysfunction and Immune Suppression” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Carlos Lopez-Estrano
  • Carolyn McGregor Forsyth – Department of Psychology
    Dissertation:  “Predicting Learning: A Fine-Grained Analysis of Learning within a Serious Game” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Arthur C. Graesser 
  • Stephanie Hairston – School of Accountancy
    Dissertation:  “Speculative Derivative Use: External Financing Costs and Financial Reporting Effects” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. J. David Spiceland
  • Gahangir Hossain – Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Dissertation:  “Modeling Cognitive Ability-Demand Gaps in Collaborative Sense-making and Designing Assistive Technology Solutions” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Mohammed Yeasin
  • Seyed Mehrdad Hosseini –Department of Civil Engineering
    Dissertation:  “Reducing Uncertainties in the Velocities Determined by Inversion of Phase Velocity Dispersion Curves Using Synthetic Seismograms” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Shahram Pezeshk
  • Arthur Lau Hullender – Department of English
    Dissertation:  “A Contrastive Corpus Analysis between Modern Art Criticism and Photography Criticism for Curriculum Development in Art ESP” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Teresa S.  Dalle
  • Ashley Michelle Hum – Department of Psychology
    Dissertation:  “The Associations between Adolescent Smoking Trajectories and Physician Tobacco Communications, Gender, and Ethnicity”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Leslie A. Robinson 
  • Aron Matthew Katz – Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
    Dissertation:  “Testing the Role of Body Vigilance as a Precipitating Factor in the Cognitive Behavioral Model of Medically Unexplained Illness” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Douglas C. Strohmer 
  • Blair Allison Lehman – Department of Psychology
    Dissertation:  “Interventions to Regulate Confusion during Learning” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Arthur C. Graesser
  • Richelle Ashley McGhee Long – Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
    Dissertation:  “The State of Aftercare: A Critical Look at the Response to Victims of Human Sex Trafficking in the United States” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Suzanne H. Lease 
  • Lakshman Iyer Mahadevan – Department of Management Information Systems
    Dissertation:  “Examining Organization Implications of Innovations in Software Development: Agile  and Simulation” 
    Co-Major Professors: Dr. William J. Kettinger and Dr. Chen Zhang 
  • Ryan James McCall – Department of Computer Science
    Dissertation:  “Fundamental Motivation and Perception for a Systems-Level Cognitive Architecture”
    Major Professor: Dr. Stanley Franklin
  • Jacob E. McMillan – Department of Chemistry
    Dissertation:  “An Integrated Approach to Understanding the Structure and Function of the Large-Conductance, Voltage- and Calcium-Activated Potassium Channel” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Abby L. Baker
  • Mohamed Abdel-aziz Mekhaimer – Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
    Dissertation:  “Two Essays in Stock Market Liquidity” 
    Co-Major Professors:  Dr. Christine Jiang and Dr. Sandra C. Mortal
  • Rachel Jana Mittelman – Department of History
    Dissertation:  “Ceramics as an Ethnic Identifier: Libyans in the Nile Delta during the Third Intermediate Period” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Suzanne Onstine 
  • Brent Wesley Morgan – Department of Psychology
    Dissertation:  “The Impact of Mood on Multitasking Performance and Adaptation” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Arthur C. Graesser
  • Mohammad Said Najjar – Department of Management Information Systems
    Dissertation:  “Serving the IS Customer in Good Times and Bad:  Pathways to Satisfaction and Value” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. William J. Kettinger
  • Michael Charles Nolen – Department of Computer Science
    Dissertation:  “R-Forest for Approximate Nearest Neighbor Queries in High Dimensional Space”
    Major Professor:  Dr. King-Ip Lin
  • Archandria Colette Owens – Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
    Dissertation:  “Life Role Salience in African American Men:  The Impact of Race Related Stress, Hypermasculinity, and Sexual Self-Concept” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Sara K. Bridges
  • Bhavik Rajesh Parikh – Department of Finance, Insurance and Real EstateDissertation:  “Three Essays in International Finance” 
    Major Professor: Dr. Ronald W. Spahr 
  • Courtney Janae Peasant – Department of Psychology
    Dissertation:  “Configuration of Sexual Risk:  A Person-Centered Approach” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. James G. Murphy
  • Kevin Jason Powell – Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
    Dissertation:  “Stigma Against Mental Illness: The Influence of Empathy, Perspective-taking, Exposure to and Familiarity with Mental Illness” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Sara K. Bridges
  • Nicholas Daniel Rhew – Department of Management
    Dissertation:  “One BRIC at a Time: Deconstructing the Emerging Markets Concept” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Peter Wright
  • Kenneth Geoffrey Richter – Department of English
    Dissertation:  “Second Language Teacher Education:  The Development of Pre-Service Teacher Cognitions About the Characteristics and Practices of Effective ESL Instructors” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Emily A. Thrush
  • Ji Woo Ryou – School of Accountancy
    Dissertation:  Effect of Product Market Competition on Financial Reporting Quality” 
    Co-Major Professors:  Dr. Zabihollah Rezaee and Dr. Hyun Hong
  • Sanaz Saadat –Department of Civil Engineering
    Dissertation:  “Probabilistic Seismic Loss Analysis for Design of Steel Structures – Optimizing for Multiple-Objective Functions” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Charles V. Camp
  • Adriane Maria Fertitta Sanders – Department of Psychology
    Dissertation:  “Life Satisfaction, Social Identity, and Household Work:  An Intersectionality Perspective” 
    Major Professor: Dr. Lynda M. Sagrestano 
  • Christopher B. Simmons – Department of Computer Science
    Dissertation:  “Avoidit IRS:  An Issue Resolution System to Resolve Cyber Attacks” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Sajjan G. Shiva
  • Matthew Paul Smeltzer – School of Public Health
    Dissertation:  “An Epidemiologic Evaluation of Sickle Cell Disease in the United States:  Birth Prevalence, Distance as a Barrier to Care, and Potential Bias in a Clinical Trial of Hydroxyurea” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Vikki G. Nolan
  • Robert Steinbauer – Department of Management
    Dissertation:  “Mentor Influence on Protégé Moral Disengagement:  A Longitudinal Investigation” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Robert Renn
  • Rashunda LaRuth Stitt – Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
    Dissertation:  “’Sounds like Something a White Man Should be doing’:  Academic Identity in African American Female Engineering Students” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Christian Mueller
  • Amber Chauncey Strain – Department of Psychology
    Dissertation:  “Emotion Regulation to Facilitate the Process and Products of Learning in an Online Learning Environments” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. Arthur C. Graesser
  • Allison Marie Yurasek – Department of Psychology
    Dissertation:  “A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Behavioral Economic Intervention for Substance Abuse in a Diverse College Sample” 
    Major Professor:  Dr. James G. Murphy

MAY 2014

DOCTOR OF AUDIOLOGY

  • Mary Helen Briggler – School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Chelsea Kilgore – School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Katherine Abston Lane – School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Caleb McNiece – School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Paul Oren Michael Pendergraft – School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Alyssa D. Vieth – School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

DOCTOR OF MUSICAL ARTS

  • Steven Joseph DiBlasi - Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
    Dissertation:   “While the Diva Wasn’t Looking:  An Analytical Survey of Late-Romantic Italian Chamber Music”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Victor S. Ascuncion
  • Walter Forbes Hoehn, Jr. - Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
    Dissertation:   “’Mr. Saxophonist’: Benjamin Vereecken:  Performer, Pedagogue, Composer”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Kenneth Kreitner
  • Michelle Cacho Nicolasora - Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
    Dissertation:  “Kundiman:  A Musical and Socio-Cultural Exploration on the Development of the Philippine Art Song”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Victor S. Asuncion
  • Richard Dean Owen - Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
    Dissertation:  “Douglas Stuart Moore (1893-1969) as Organist and Composer of Organ Music”
    Major Professor: Dr. Kenneth Kreitner

DOCTOR OF EDUCATION

  • Yvonne Griggs Allen – Department of Leadership
    Dissertation:   “Historical Perspectives of Public School Elementary Principals in the United States:  An Analysis of 80 Years of Studies Commissioned by the National Association of Elementary School Principals”
    Major Professor:   Dr. Larry McNeal
  • Mara Rubia Fonseca Borges-Gatewood – Department of Leadership
    Dissertation:   “A Comparative Study of Leadership Preparation Programs in Brazil and the United States”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Larry McNeal
  • Shannon D. Buford – Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
    Dissertation:  “Teachers Perspectives of One State’s Alternate (Portfolio) Assessment System:  A Closer Look"
    Major Professor:  Dr. Laura B. Casey
  • Terica E. Butler – Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
    Dissertation:   “Teacher Perceptions of a National Alternative Certification Program’s Preparation Process: Providing Equitable Student Experiences”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Lee E. Allen
  • Robert Howe Campbell – Department of Leadership
    Dissertation:  “The Role of Service Learning in Developing Spirituality and Transforming Students"
    Major Professor:  Dr. Barbara Mullins-Nelson
  • Angela V. Christopher – Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
    Dissertation:   “Common Core State Standards and Technology Integration:  A Study of Teachers Experiences    after Professional Development”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Clif Mims
  • Christopher Andrew Glenn – Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
    Dissertation:     “A Comparison of Learner Self-regulation in Online and Face-to-face Problem-based Learning Courses
    Major Professor:  Dr. E. Trey Martindale
  • Tamora LaShawn Jackson – Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
    Dissertation:   “Exploring the Relationship between Professional Development and Student Achievement”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Celia Rousseau Anderson
  • Laura J. Link – Department of Leadership
    Dissertation:   “Teachers’ Perceptions of Grading Practices”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Larry McNeal
  • Jessica Mitchell – Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
    Dissertation:  “Writing in the Digital Age:  A Case Study of Fifth-Grade Boys”
    Major Professor: Dr. Rebecca S. Anderson
  • Christopher Ike Murrah – Department of Leadership
    Dissertation:   “Principal Observation of Practice and Stakeholder Perception:  A Correlative Study of Alignment and Their Relationship to Teacher Effectiveness as Measured by the Tennessee Value-added Assessment System”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Reginald L. Green
  • Jennifer P. Nelson – Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
    Dissertation:   “The Relationship between Teacher Candidates Performance on the Praxis II Principles of   Learning and Teaching (K-6) and Performance on the edTPA Elementary Literacy Assessment”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Deborah Lowther
  • Junko Tokuda Simpson – Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
    Dissertation:   “Technology for Effective Japanese Learning:  Positive Influence of Using Technology for American College Students”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Satomi Izumi-Taylor
  • Edwina Thomas Washington – Department of Leadership
    Dissertation:   “Why Did You Tweet That?:  An Examination of Cyberbullying among Undergraduate Students at an Urban Research University”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Mitsunori Misawa

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

  • Abdullah Ali Alasmary – Department of English
    Dissertation:   “Receptive and Productive Mastery of Recurrent Academic Word Combinations by First (L1) and Second (L2) English Speakers”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Charles E. Hall
  • Houda Said Al-Habsi – Department of English
    Dissertation:   “Tracing Development in College Students’ Writing in Oman:  A Contrastive Corpus Analysis”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Emily A. Thrush
  • Adewale Moroof Amosu – Department of Earth Sciences
    Dissertation:   “Elastic Deformation of the Earth’s Crust from Surface Loading Phenomena”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Robert Smalley, Jr.
  • Michael Blum – Department of History
    Dissertation:   “An Island of Racial Peace Am id a Sea of Strife: The Civil Rights Movement in Knoxville, Tennessee”
    Major Professor:   Dr. Aram Goudsouzian
  • Si Chen – Department of Mathematical Sciences
    Dissertation:   “DNA Sequence Analysis for Application to Phylogenetic Tree Construction and Simulated Metagenomic Binning”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Lih-Yuan Deng
  • Raluca Ioana Pop Clendenen – Department of Mathematical Sciences
    Dissertation:   “Wentzell Boundary Conditions with General Weights and Asymptotic Parabolicity for Strongly Damped Waves”
    Co-Major Professors:  Dr. Gisele R. Goldstein and Dr. Jerome A. Goldstein
  •  Maki Doiuchi – School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Dissertation:   “Acoustic and Respiratory Characteristics of Infant Vocalization”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Eugene H. Buder
  •  Christopher James Eden – Department of Biological Sciences
    Dissertation:   “Orthotopic Models of Pediatric Brain Tumors in Zebrafish”
    Major Professor:    Dr. Charles A. Lessman
  •  Nicolas Garrera – Department of Philosophy
    Dissertation:   “Ethics as Experience: Elements for a Comprehensive Phenomenological Ethics”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Thomas J. Nenon
  • George Gharibian Gharghani – Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
    Dissertation:  “Counselor Confirmation Bias: Can the Internet Serve as a Debiasing Tool?”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Douglas G. Strohmer
  • Paul William Hammond – Department of Philosophy
    Dissertation:   “There was Already Quite a Crowd:  Gilles Delenze on Action, Multiplicity, and Sociality”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Mary Beth Mader
  • Sarah Halawani Montes – Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
    Dissertation:   “The Relationship between Parenting and Depressive Symptomology in Young Jordanian Adults:  Is Attachment a Mediator Variable?”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Suzanne H. Lease
  • Sarah McCallum Irby – Department of Psychology
    Dissertation:   The Exchangeability of Brief Intelligence Tests for Children with Intellectual Giftedness: Illuminating Error Variance Components' Influence on IQs”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Randy G. Floyd
  • Eric Kinnamon – Department of Management
    Dissertation:   “Terror Management Theory and Entrepreneurship:  Fear and Decision Making”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Peter Wright
  • Brian K. Laird – School of Accountancy
    Dissertation:   “To Trust or Not: The Effects of Monitoring Intensity on Discretionary Effort, Honesty, and Problem Solving Ability”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Charles D. Bailey
  • Jennie Davidson Latta - Department of Philosophy
    Dissertation:   “Being the Person:  An Introduction to Edith Stein’s ‘Finite and Eternal Being’”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Thomas J. Nenon
  • Michael Jakob Lejman – Department of History
    Dissertation:   “Being Different:  The Life and Work of Albert Memmi”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Daniel L. Unowsky
  • Jack Brian Lorenzini – Department of History
    Dissertation:   “Power Concedes Nothing without a Demand:  Student Activism at Memphis State University in the 1960s”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Aram Goudsouzian
  • Brittany Burton Lott – Department of Chemistry
    Dissertation:   “Probing the Assembly of the Ribosome:  Insights from Computational Studies on Ribosomal Proteins”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Yongmei Wang
  • James J. Oakley – Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management
    Dissertation:     “Interpersonal Relationship Marketing Investments: The Effects of the Level of Investment and Stage of  the Relationship on Customer’s Felt Gratitude, Behavioral Intentions, Manipulative Intent, Personal Importance and Perceptions of the Seller’s Cost”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Alan J. Bush
  • Ioana Sofia Pacurar – Department of Economics
    Dissertation:   “Essays in Applied Microeconomics”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Albert Okunade
  • Ashley Cox Parker – Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Dissertation:   “Fungal and Bacterial Infection Mitigation with Antibiotic and Antifungal Loaded Biopolymer Sponges”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Warren O. Haggard
  • Nancy R. Parrish – Department of History
    Dissertation:  “Cotton, Factory, and People: The Production of Bemis, Tennessee, a Mill Town”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Charles W. Crawford  
  • Ramona Magdalena Sabau - Department of Biological Sciences
    Dissertation:   “The Effect of Nutritional Stress on the Reproductive Behaviors of Females and Their Offsprings in Meadow Voles, ‘Microtus pennsylvanicus’”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Michael H. Ferkin
  • Tracy Manning Schaffer – Department of Communication
    Dissertation:   “The Experience of the Addiction-Affected Family:  A Communication Based Interpretive  Phenomenological Analysis”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Amanda J. Young
  • James Justin Sledge – Department of Philosophy
    Dissertation:   “Freedom, Solidarity, Revolution:  Marx and the Ethical”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Thomas J. Nenon
  • James K. Smith – Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Dissertation:   “An Evaluation of Chitosan Paste as an Injectable and Adhesive, Adjunctive Therapy for Musculoskeletal Wound Infection Prevention”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Warren O. Haggard
  • Stephanie Cassell Steinberg – Department of Economics
    Dissertation:   “Essay in Pharmacoeconomics”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Cyril F. Chang
  • Melissa Meghan Thompson – Department of Communication
    Dissertation:   “Barriers to Communicating about HPV Vaccination: A Case Study of Parents and Healthcare Providers in a Rural, Religious Community”
    Major Professor:   Dr. Amanda J. Young
  • Divya Rose Vargheese – Department of Psychology
    Dissertation:   “Efficacy of the Navy’s Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS)”
    Major Professor:  Dr. William O. Dwyer 
  • Jonathan Franklin Woodall – Department of Communication
    Dissertation:   The Post-Termination Rhetoric of the American Restoration Movement
    Major Professor:  Dr. Sandra J. Sarkela
  • Amanda Paige Winter – Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Dissertation:   “Simulating Self Pressurization in Propellant Tanks Using an Energy of Fluid Approach”
    Major Professor:  Dr. Jeffrey Marchetta
  • Bryan R. Winter – Department of Mathematical Sciences
    Dissertation:   “Design, Search and Implementation of Improved Large Order Multiple Recursive Generators and  Matrix Congruential Generators”
    Major Professor:   Dr. Lih-Yuan Deng
  • Cheng-Hsuan Wu – Department of English
    Dissertation:  “Difficult Spaces: The Gothic-Blues Voice in Comparative African American Literary   Movements”
    Major Professor:   Dr. Reginald Martin

 

 

 

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