Ph.D. Graduates

Ph.D. Graduates

Ph.D. Graduates - 1969 to Present

The Science Education doctorate was one of the first five Ph.D. degrees offered at WMU. Prior to the time when the Department of Biological Sciences gained its own doctoral program, students interested in biological and environmental science research completed their programs under the science education doctorate. All MISE doctoral graduates are listed below.

Graduates are listed by Name, Graduation Date, Advisor, Dissertation Title, and Employer.

Sarah Krajewski 2015 Advisor: Brandy Skjold
Retention of Community College Students in Online Courses
Grand Rapids Community College
Phyllis Pennock 2015 Advisor: William Cobern
African-American girls and scientific argumentation: lived experiences, and intersecting identities and their roles in constructing and evaluating claims
Michigan State University
Rex Taibu 2015 Advisor: David Schuster
A Study of Conceptual and Language Issues Surrounding Weight, Weightlessness, and Free Fall: Textbook Analysis, Instructional Design, and Assessment
Queensborough Community College - CUNY
Chaiphat Plybour 2015 Advisor: David Schuster
Integrating Formative Assessment Into Physics Instruction, and the Effect of Formative vs. Summative Assessment on Student Physics Learning and Attitudes
Mahasarakham University
Robert Kagumba 2015 Advisor: William Cobern
Uganda Science Teacher Educators: A Concurrent Mixed Methods Investigation of Nature of Science, Pedagogy and Classroom Learning Environment Perspectives
Delta State University
Tammy Coleman 2014 Advisor: Joseph Stoltman
Place-Based Education: An Impetus for Teacher Efficacy
Northwestern Michigan College
Kathy Quardokus Fisher 2014 Advisor: Charles Henderson
Instructional change in academic departments: An analysis from the perspective of two environment-focused change strategies
Oregon State University
Ramon Barthelemy 2014 Advisor: Charles Henderson
The Experiences of Women in Post Graduate Physics and Astronomy Programs: The Roles of Support, Career Choices, and Gendered Experiences
University of Michigan (visiting scholar)
Andrea Bierema 2014 Advisor: Renee' Schwartz
Conceptual Framework Alignment between Primary Literature and Education in Animal Behaviour
Michigan State University
Lloyd Mataka 2014 Advisor: Megan Grunert
Problem Based Learning in College Chemistry Laboratory: Student Views of PBL and its Relationship with Attitudes and Self-Efficacy Beliefs
Berea College
Jacinta Mutambuki 2014 Advisor: Herb Fynewever
Integrating Nanotechnology into the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum: The Impact on Students' Affective Domain
Washington University in Saint Louis
Amy Bentz 2014 Advisor: William Cobern
Using Case Method to Explicitly Teach Formative Assessment in Preservice Science Teacher Education
Western Michigan University
Kelly Sparks 2013 Advisor: Joseph Stoltman
Student conceptions of learning and the approaches to learning adopted in an introductory science course: A Q Methodology Study
University of Southern Indiana
Caitlin Callahan 2013 Advisor: Heather Petcovic
An Embodied Perspective on Expertise in Solving the Problem of Making a Geologic Map
Grand Valley State University
Brandy Skjold 2012 Advisor: Renee' Schwartz
Describing the Apprenticeship of Chemists Through the Language of Faculty Scientists
Western Michigan University
Donya Dobbin 2011 Advisor: Charles Henderson
Experiences That Influence a Student's Choice on Majoring in Physics
Lakeview School District
Kara Kits 2011 Advisor: William Cobern
An Exploration of Worldview and Conceptions of Nature of Science Among Science Teachers at a Private Christian High School
Grand Rapids Christian Schools
Kevin D. Weakley 2010 Advisor: Joseph Stoltman
The Effects of an Inquiry-based Earth Science Course on the Spatial Thinking of Pre-service Elementary Teacher Education Students
NorthWest Arkansas Community College

George Viche Akom 2010 Advisor: Herb Fynewever
Using Formative Assessment Despite the Constraints of High Stakes Testing and Limited Resources: A Case Study of Chemistry Teachers in Anglophone Cameroon
Faculty of Science, University of Hong Kong
Fang Huang 2010 Advisor: Marcia Fetters
Curriculum Coherence: A Comparative Analysis of Elementary Science Content Standards in People's Republic of China and the USA
Huazhong University of Science & Technology
Betty Udongo 2009 Advisor: William W. Cobern
Science Education Policy for Emergency, Conflict, and Post-Conflict: an Analysis Of Trends and Implications for The Science Education Program in Uganda
Ozcan Gulacar 2007 Advisor: Herb Fynewever
An Investigation of Successful and Unsuccessful Students' Problem Solving in Stoichiometrey
Sam Houston State University
Thomas F. Rienzo 2007 Advisor: William W. Cobern
Conceptual Change Resulting From Experiential Learning With Business Enterprise Software
Western Michigan University
Robert Ruhf 2006 Advisor: Joseph Stoltman
Analyzing the Effects of Inquiry-Based Instruction on the Learning of Atmospheric Science Among Pre-Service Teacher Education Students
Western Michigan University
Pat Meyer2005 December Advisor: William W. Cobern
A Study of How Precursor Key Concepts for Organic Chemistry Success are Understood by General Chemistry Students
Grand Valley State University
Mary Brown 2005 April Advisor: Reneé Schwartz
Understanding Photosynthesis And Plant Cellular Respiration As "Nested Systems": The Characterization Of Pre-Service Teachers' Conceptions
Lansing Community College
Robert Keys2004 AugustAdvisor: William W. Cobern
The Interactions Between An Orthodox Christian Worldview And Environmental Attitudes And Beliefs; For The Purpose Of Developing Better Instructional Practice In Support Of Environmental/Ecological Attitudes And Knowledge
Cornerstone University
Eric Howe2004 AprilAdvisor: David Rudge
Using the History of Research on Sickle-Cell Anemia to Affect Preservice Teachers' Conceptions of the Nature of Science
Assumption College
Chokchai Usawinchai2003 JuneAdvisor: Aletta Zietsman
Understanding Concepts of Force of Thai Freshmen
Melissa Howse2003 AprilAdvisor: Leonard Ginsberg
Student Ecosystems Problem Solving with Computer Simulation
Lake Michigan College
Keith Schramm2002 AugustAdvisor: William W. Cobern
A Study of Expert Problem-Solving in Qualitative Organic Analysis
Harding University
Linda Goossen2002 JuneAdvisor: Robert Poel
Classroom Questioning Strategies as Indicators of Inquiry Based Science
Grand Valley State University
Terrance Brisbin2000 December
An Account of Novice Phylogenetic Tree Construction from the Problem-Solving Research Tradition
Andrew Isola1999 December
Students' Mental Models of Electricity in Simple DC Circuits
Allegan Public Schools
Jennifer Discenna1998 JuneAdvisor: Larry Oppliger
A Study of the Knowledge Structure of Expert, Intermediate and Novice Subjects in the Domain of Physics
Janet Vail 1998 April
An Analysis of Fecal Coliform Bacteria as a Water Quality Indicator
Kevin Block 1997 August
The Clastogenic Effects of Cyclophosphamide and a Sixty Hertz Electromagnetic Field on Bone Marrow Cells of CD-1 Mice
Steven Brewer 1996 JuneAdvisor: Robert Hafner
An Account of Expert Phylogenetic Tree Construction from the Problem-Solving Research Tradition in Science Education
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Charles Lohrke 1995 August
The Use of Analogies in an Industrial Environment to Facilitate Status Changes for Radiation Science Concepts
Robert Sutton 1995 August
The Separation of Aqueous Iron Species Found in Stepwise Complexation by Capillary Electrophoresis with Atomic Absorption Spectorscopy Detection
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Jiang Yu 1995 August
College Physics Students' Conceptual Understanding of Area and Volume, and Relationships between these Concepts and Student's Understanding of Physics Concepts
Fitchburg State University
Michael Kasenow 1995
Hydrogeology and Hydrogeochemistry of Government Marsh, North St. Joseph County, Michigan
H. David Cole Advisor: William Harrison
Highway Deicing Salts and the Mobilization of Selected heavy Metals from Stream Sediments
Rozanna Abdul Razak1991 August
A Comparison of Science and Mathematics Achievements, Attitudes, Curricular Experiences, and Career Interests Resulting from Magnet and Traditional High School Programs.
Rosario Canizles de Andrade1989 DecemberAdvisor: George Mallinson
Comparisons of Learnings from Structured and Nonstructured Visits to a Science Exhibit
Abbas Parsian 1986 August Advisor: D. A. Buthala
Comparison of Electron and Light Microscopy of Chromosome Aberrations Induced in Human Lymphocytes by Andriamycien and Mitomycin C
Virginia Passero1986 JuneAdvisor: George Mallinson
Parental Perceptions of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Discharge Teaching
Fardin Olyaei 1986 April Advisor: Clarence Goodnight
The Effects of Acid Precipitation on Two Lakes in Southwestern Michigan
Abubaker Swehli 1983 December Advisor: Joseph Engemann
A Study of the Environmental Aspects of Schistosomiasis in Libya
Elizabeth Garrett 1982 December Advisor: Lloyd Schmaltz
A Petrographic Analysis of Ceramics from Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Arizona: Onsite or Specialized Manufacture?
William Williams 1982 April Advisor: Thomas Straw
Groundwater Flow Along the Total Shoreline of Austin Lake and Its Environmental Contribution to Pollution of the Lake
Kamlesh Sharma 1981 December Advisor: Gyula Ficsor
Standardization of the sister Chromatid Exchange Technique in Human Lymphocytes for Mutagen and Carcinogen Testing
George Duba 1981 April Advisor: Clarence Goodnight
Storm-Sewer Input of Heavy Metals into an Urban Lake Environment
Steven Habron 1981 April Advisor: Richard Brewer
The Relationship Between Adjacent Residential Development and Breeding Bird Populations
Gary Wester1981 AprilAdvisor: George Mallinson
Goals and Objectives for Teaching Science in the Junior High Schools of Kalamazoo, Michigan
Julie Medlin 1980 December Advisor: Clarence Goodnight
An Analysis of Gadmium and Lead Uptake in Hydrophonically Grown Seedlings
David DeGraaf1980 AugustAdvisor: George Mallinson
A Strategy for Inservice Education of Junior-High/Middle-School Science Teachers in the Grand Rapids Public School System
Victor John Gonzalez 1980 August Advisor: Clarence Goodnight
A Limological Investigation of a Tropical Fresh-Water Ecosystem: The Belize River, Belize, Central America
Edward Block 1979 April Advisor: Clarence Goodnight
Spermatogenesis in Limnodrilus Hoffmeisteri (Clap): A Morphological and Environmental Study of the Development of Two Sperm Types
W. Randolph Frykberg 1976 August Advisor: Clarence Goodnight
Biota and Environment of the Muskegon, Michigan, Combined Industrial and Municipal Wastewater Storage Lagoons
Roland Meade1976 AugustAdvisor: George Mallinson
A Study of the Use of the Computer as Problem-Solving Tool in an Introductory Course in College Physics
J. Philip McLaren1976 AugustAdvisor: George Mallinson
A Study of Student Evaluations of Science Instructors in Small Liberal Arts Colleges
Stephen Yekeson1975 DecemberAdvisor: Paul Holkeboer
A Study of the Selected Variables for Prediction of Success and Placement in General Chemistry at Western Michigan University
Hsi-Chiu Liu1975 AprilAdvisor: George Mallinson
Computer-Assisted Instruction in Teaching College Physics
Garret VanderLugt1974 AugustAdvisor: George Mallinson
The Learn System for Computer-Assisted Instruction
George Faber1974 AugustAdvisor: Paul Holkeboer
The Preparation of Junior-High Science Teachers in the Public Schools of Southwestern Michigan
Theodore Shields1973 AugustAdvisor: Imy Holt
An Evaluation of Achievement by the Use of Behavioral Objectives in an Audio-Tutorial Biological Science Class
James Price1973 AugustAdvisor: George Mallinson
The Effects of a Study Determined Curriculum Versus a Traditionally Determined Curriculum on the Health Interests and Cognitive Development in Health of College Students
Dorothy Hackett1973 AugustAdvisor: George Mallinson
The Integrated Basic Science Course at Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Samuel Yoveff1972 DecemberAdvisor: Paul Holkeboer
Student Achievement in and Attitudes Toward Earth-Science Courses in Secondary Schools
John Knapp II 1972 AprilAdvisor: George Mallinson
The Effect of Annotating Articles on Biochemistry from Scientific American on Student Understanding
Judson Vander Wal1972
The Relationship Between Two Methods of Teaching College Biology in Achievement and Attitude
Charles Townsend1972Advisor: George Mallinson
Student Ratings of Secondary-School Science Teachers
Ben Afton Smith1972Advisor: George Mallinson
Modern Elementary Science Curricula and Student Achievement
Robert Poel1970 AugustAdvisor: George Mallinson
Critical Thinking as Related to PSSC and Non-PSSC Physics Programs
Thomas Van Koevering1969 AugustAdvisor: Paul Holkeboer
The Distinguishing Characteristics of High Schools with High and Low Enrollments in Physics

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