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Darla Jane England
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Elementary Principals’ Perspectives on Newly Graduated General Education Teachers’ Abilities to Teach Students with Disabilities in Inclusion Classrooms
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
3005 Beltline Campus


 

Amy Elizabeth Bentz
Doctor of Philosophy
Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Using Case Method to Explicitly Teach Formative Assessment in Preservice Teacher Education
Friday, April 25, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
2734 Wood Hall


 

Chira Lumduanhom
Doctor of Philosophy
Mathematics
Modular Monochromatic Colorings Spectra and Frames in Graphs
Thursday, April 24, 2014
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
6625 Everett Tower


 

Shawn P. Quigley
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology An Evaluation of Various SAFMEDS Procedures
Thursday, April 24, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
3713 Wood Hall


 

Stacey E. Pollard
Doctor of Philosophy
Political Science The State and Civil Society in the Arab Middle East
Thursday, April 24, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
3301 Friedmann Hall


 

Carrie McKean
Doctor of Philosophy
Biological Sciences
Correlational Studies of Organophosphate Levels and Endocrine Disruption, Immunomodulation, and Altered Glucose Homeostasis in a Human Population Study
Monday, April 21, 2014
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
2734 Wood Hall


 

Gregory L. Laing
Doctor of Philosophy
English Bound by Words: The Motif of Oath-Taking and Oath- Breaking in Medieval Iceland and Anglo-Saxon England
Friday, April 18, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2033 Brown Hall


 

Joshua Michael Goss
Doctor of Philosophy
Mathematics
A Method for Assessing and Describing the Informal Inferential Reasoning of Middle School Students
Thursday, April 17, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
6625 Everett Tower


 

Lindsay Akers Noakes
Doctor of Philosophy
Evaluation
Teacher Candidates’ Formative Assessment Development: Implications for Evaluating Teacher Preparation Programs
Friday, April 4, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
West Main Professional Building, Room 202 1627 West Main, Kalamazoo, MI


 

Hongyan Cui
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
A Monte Carlo Study of the Optimal Rank Order Relationship with Criterion Scores
Monday, March 17, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Alper Bulut
Doctor of Philosophy
Mathematics
Lie Loops Associated with GL(H), H a Separable Infinite Dimensional Hilbert Space
Friday, March 14, 2014
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
6625 Everett Tower


 

Amy Morrison Gyorkos
Doctor of Philosophy
Biological Sciences
GDNF Content and NMJ Plasticity in Slow and Fast Twitch Myofibers Follows Recruitment in Exercise
Friday, March 14, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
1710 Wood Hall


 

Joshua D. Merchant
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
From Altruism to Investment: Venture Philanthropy and Its Impact on Shared Governance at Liberal Arts Colleges
Friday, March 14, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Napthalin Achubang Atanga
Doctor of Philosophy
Mathematics
Elementary School Teachers’ Use of Curricular Resources for Lesson Design and Enactment
Friday, March 14, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
6625 Everett Tower


 

Kahler B. Schuemann
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
A Phenomenological Study into How Students Experience and Understand the University President
Thursday, March 13, 2014
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
4550 Sangren Hall


 

Nicole Henriksen
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology Impulsive
Choice in Unmedicated and Medicated Children Diagnosed with ADHD: Comparison Across Reward Type
Thursday, March 13, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3723 Wood Hall


 

Dawn E. Reeves
Doctor of Education
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
The Logistics of Implementing a Field-Based Comprehensive School Reform Initiative
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
4402 Sangren Hall


 

Traci Brimhall
Doctor of Philosophy
English
Investigation into the Unconfirmed Miracles at Puraquequara
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
2033 Brown Hall


 

Jared R. Vickers
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
A Comparison of Charter Public and Traditional Public School Principals: Who They Are and How They Function
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Taeseung Kuk
Doctor of Philosophy
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Active Control of Aerial Refueling Drogue
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Parkview Campus, C-141


 

Tasha Frigmanski
Doctor of Philosophy
Special Education and Literacy Studies
Administrators as Change Agents in Implementing MTSS: Beliefs, Skills, and Challenges
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
4550 Sangren Hall

 


 

Liyana A. Wajira Ariyadasa
Doctor of Philosophy
Chemistry
Size-Dependent Interactions of Metal Nanoparticles with Fluorophores and Semiconductors
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Chemestry Building, Room 1220


 

Kristin Anne-Koski Sovis
Doctor of Philosophy
English
Teaching in the Writing Methods Classroom: A Multiple Case Study of Teachers’ Professional Journeys, Teaching Contexts, Theoretical Frames, and Courses
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
4028 Brown Hall


 

Kevin Aart Douglass
Doctor of Philosophy
Chemistry
Fundamental Studies of Protein Ionization for Improved Analysis by Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry and Related Methods
Monday, March 10, 2014
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Chemistry Building, Room 1220


 

Jan K. Fields
Doctor of Philosophy
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation
A Metaevaluation of Evaluations of Health Care Programs that Employ the Chronic Care Model
Monday, March 10, 2014
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
4410 Ellsworth Hall


 

George Aramath
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Investigating Practices of Research-Proven Multi-Dimensional Teacher Evaluation Systems in Michigan Schools
Monday, March 10, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Jaime Burgos
Doctor of Philosophy
Statistics
Multivariate Autoregressive Time Series Using Schweppe Weighted Wilicoxon Estimates
Monday, March 10, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
6625 Everett Tower


 

Brian J. Gunderson
Doctor of Philosophy
Spanish
Hacia un Mapa Ex-Centrico de lo Afro-Hispano: Notas Sobre un Meta-Archilpélago Desbordado (Mapping the Ex-Centric Afro-Hispanic: Notes on the Meta-Archipelago at Large)
Monday, March 10, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
3025 Brown Hall


 

Deveta R. Gardner
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
The Impact of Mentoring on the Self-Perceived Personal and Professional Success of African American Women Graduates of a Midwestern University
Monday, March 10, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
3335 Sangren Hall


 

Kathleen Kroll
Doctor of Philosophy
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Differences in Elementary School Team Communication and Practices for Students of Varied Educational Status
Monday, March 10, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
College of Health and Human Services, Room 2024


 

Christen Conklin Topolinski
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
The Influence of Teacher Leadership and Professional Learning on Teachers’ Knowledge and Change of Instructional Practices in Low Performing Schools
Thursday, March 6, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids Beltline Campus, Room 3005


 

May Charmayne Mulligan
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Perceptions of General Education Deans and Department Chairs of their Colleges as Learning Organizations
Thursday, March 6, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Grand Rapids Beltline Campus, Room 2010


 

Sylivia Juta
Doctor of Philosophy
Public Affairs and Administration
The Growing Women’s Political Activism in Africa, 1990-2010: An Explanatory Analysis of Institutions and Contexts
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Walwood Commons at Walwood Hall (East Campus)


 

Susan Lynn Gutierrez
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
From National Standards to Classrooms: A Case Study of Middle Level Teachers’ Assessment Knowledge and Practice Dr. Louann Bierlein Palmer, Chair Dr. Jessaca Spybrook Dr. Julia Reynolds
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids Beltline Campus, Room 3005


 

Elian Aljadeff-Abergel
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology
The Evaluation of Two Feedback Schedules on Teaching Performance of Undergraduate Applied Behavior Analysis Students Delivering Direct Instruction
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
3713 Wood Hall


 

Catherine L. Kothari
Doctor of Philosophy
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
The Intersection of Depression, Partner Violence, and Poverty during the Perinatal Period
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
College of Health and Human Services, Room 2473


 

Brandon Davis Jennings
Doctor of Philosophy
English
Blue Violets
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2033 Brown Hall


 

Hisham Odeh Alrawashdeh
Doctor of Philosophy
Electrical and Computer Engineering
An Adaptive Kalman Filter for Voltage Sag Detection in Power Systems
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Room


 

Bipinchandra V. Patel
Doctor of Philosophy
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Orthopedic Fracture Fixation
Friday, February 21, 2014
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
C-123 Parkview Campus


 

Stephen Staggs
Doctor of Philosophy
History “Gentiles by Nature”: Indian-Dutch Relations in New Netherland/New York, 1524-1750
Friday, February 21, 2014
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
2500 Knauss Hall


 

Carl D. Westine
Doctor of Philosophy
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation
Improving the Design of Cluster-Randomized Trials in Education: Informing the Selection of Variance Design Parameter Values for Science Achievement Studies
Friday, February 14, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Jiangang Xia
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Principal-Teacher’s Decision-Making Power Relationship: Theoretical Conceptualizations and Empirical Examination
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Clara P. Adams
Doctor of Philosophy
Chemistry Synthesis, Characterization and Potential Applications of Palladium and Ruthenium Nanostructures
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Chemistry Building, Room 1220


 

Mulonge Musa Kalumbula
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
District Mandated Changes in Technology and Inquiry Based Instruction
Friday, January 17, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3335 Sangren Hall


 

Eric Scott Andrews
Doctor of Philosophy
Mathematics
On Eulerian Irregularity and Decompositions in Graphs
Friday, January 24, 2014
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Alavi Commons Room, Everett Tower


 

Chengyang Li
Doctor of Philosophy
Physics
Studies of the Quantum Phase Transition in Chromium Using Inelastic X-ray Scattering and AB Initio Methods
Friday, December 13, 2013
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
2202 Everett Tower


 

Kurt Wilson
Doctor of Philosophy
Evaluation
Harnessing Complexity: Analysis Methodology and Ethical Framework to Facilitate Utilization of Video Data in Evaluations
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
4410 Ellsworth Hall


 

Katherine L. N. Colles
Doctor of Philosophy
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Urban School Counseling Impact: An ABA Reversal Single Subject Time-Series Analysis of Academic, Suspension, and Attendance Data
Friday, November 22, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
3335 Sangren Hall


 

Bernice S. Patterson
Doctor of Philosophy
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Hurting Leaders: The Lived Experiences of African- American Clergy and Their Views, Attitudes, and Barriers to Help-Seeking
Monday, November 11, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
3120 Sangren Hall


 

Xuan Gao
Doctor of Philosophy
Physics
Development of Polarization Analysis of Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering
Friday, November 8, 2013
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2202 Everett Tower


 

Jeffery P. Boggan
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Focus and Priority Schools: How Principals Enact Leadership Responsibilities to Increase Student Achievement in Selected Mid-Western Counties
Friday, November 8, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
3335 Sangren Hall


 

Timothy L. Edwards
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology
Influences of TNT-Food Pairings on the Performances of Mine Detection Rats in Early Training Stages
Friday, November 8, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
1509 Wood Hall


 

Kelsey Woodard
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
The Voices of Higher Education Service-Learning Directors: A Qualitative Inductive Analysis
Friday, November 8, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Daniel L. Rundhaug
Doctor of Philosophy
Public Affairs and Administration
Leadership Loss within Independently-Controlled Protestant Churches: Protecting Against Leadership Turmoil and Turnover
Thursday, November 7, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Emeriti Lounge, Walwood Hall


 

Kelly Ann Trusty
Doctor of Philosophy
Public Affairs and Administration
SIMO: Modeling and Measuring the Relationships between Strategy, IT/Mission Alignment Maturity, and Nonprofit Organizational Outcomes
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Emeriti Lounge, Walwood Hall


 

John R. Severson
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
A Phenomenological Exploration of Superintendents’ and Principals’ Experiences in a Shared Professional Development Process
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
4402 Sangren Hall


 

Veronika Husovska
Doctor of Philosophy
Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging
Investigation of Recycled Paper Deinking Mechanism
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
A213 Parkview Campus


 

David D. Wingard
Doctor of Philosophy Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Using Multi-Objective Value Estimation to Support Predictive Analytics for Human Service Project Management
Monday, November 4, 2013
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
College of Health and Human Services, Room 4267


 

Krystal N. Seibert
Doctor of Philosophy
Biological Sciences
Identification and Characterization of the 142R Protein of Tanapox Virus
Monday, November 4, 2013
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
3715 Wood Hall


 

Tarek Abousaleh
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology
Use of Task Clarification, Feedback and Recognition to Increase Desired Behaviors within an Organization’s Permit to Work System-Analysis of Data Previously Collected as an Organizational Consultant
Monday, November 4, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
3713 Wood Hall


 

Kathleen M. VanderVeen
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Psychosocial Development of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Higher Education
Friday, November 1, 2013
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Peter J. Muir
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
From Script to Screen to Syllabus: The Path to Curriculum Design for Undergraduate Film Production Programs
Friday, November 1, 2013
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Brian Cole
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
The Impact of Institutional Culture on Student Activism: A Multi-Case Study in Christian Higher Education
Friday, November 1, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Bradly K. Hinman
Doctor of Philosophy
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Mixed Methods Analysis of Counselor Views, Attitudes, and Perceived Competencies Regarding the Treatment of Internet Pornography Addiction
Friday, November 1, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
3120 Sangren Hall


 

Ilse A. Schweitzer
Doctor of Philosophy English
Old English Ecologies: Environmental Readings of Anglo-Saxon Texts and Culture
Friday, November 1, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
2033 Brown Hall


 

Asma Mohammed Ayyad
Doctor of Philosophy
Physics Interaction of Fast Highly Charged Ions with Insulating Straight and Tapered Glass Capillary Surfaces
Stolterfoht
Thursday, October 31, 2013
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
2202 Everett Hall, Bradley Commons


 

Derek Cooley
Doctor of Education
Special Education and Literacy Studies
Special Education Leadership and the Implementation of Response to Intervention
Monday, October 28, 2013
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
4550 Sangren Hall


 

Michele L. Siderman
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Bystander to Bully: Understanding Cyber Bullying in Secondary Schools
Friday, October 25, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
4402 Sangren Hall


 

David J. Alban
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Cultural Adaptations of American Teachers in International Schools
Friday, October 25, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

Daryl D. Green
Doctor of Philosophy
Public Affairs and Administration
Exploring Police Active Shooter Preparedness in Michigan: A Grounded Study of Police Preparedness to Active Shooter Incidents, Developing a Normative Model
Thursday, October 24, 2013
2 to 4 p.m. 
Walwood Hall, Walwood Commons


 

Paul J. Ballard
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Measuring Performance Excellence: Key Performance Indicators for Institutions Accepted into the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Dr. Louann Bierlein Palmer, Ed.D. Dr. Ramona Lewis, Ed.D. Dr. Kathy Aboufadel, Ph.D.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
2401 Sangren Hall


 

G. William Zorn
Doctor of Philosophy
English
Writing the Wrongs: How Gay and Lesbian Playwrights Use the Paranormal in Autobiographical Writing
Thursday, October 24, 2013
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3025 Brown Hall


 

Geoffrey R. Whitehurst
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Single Case Research Designs: An Effective and Efficient Methodology for Applied Aviation Research
Monday, September 30, 2013
10 a.m. to noon
2401 Sangren Hall


 

David Louis Arnold 
Doctor of Philosophy
Mathematics
Classifying Spaces of Symmetric Groups and Wreath Products
Monday, September 23, 2013
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
6625 Everett Tower