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Dissertations from 2016

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Indoor Localization of Mobile Devices Based on Wi-Fi Signals Via Convex Optimization and Bregman Divergence, Osamah Ali Abdullah

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Three Essays on the Economics of Child Labor and Child Education, Kofi Acheampong

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Fault Detection and Localization in Solar Photovoltaic Systems using Sensing Frameworks, Masoud Mohsen Alajmi

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Examining the Existence and Importance of Ten Skills for Successful School Leaders from Saudi Principals’ Perspectives, Khalifah Albalawi

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The Empowerment of Academic Women Leaders at Saudi Universities and Its Relationship to Their Administrative Creativity, Azala M. Al Ghamdi

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Empirical Evaluation of Different Features of Design in Confirmatory Factor Analysis, Deyab Almaleki

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A Metaevaluation of School Counseling Program Evaluations, Saeed Mohammed Almueed

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Development and Evaluation of Matrix Material Formulations for Potential Integration into Immunodiagnostic Biosensors, Payam Aminayi

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Culturally Relevant Education for Rural Schools: Creating Relevancy in Rural America, Joshua J. Anderson

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Three Essays Assessing Global Value Chain Fragmentation on International Trade Using the World Input-Output Database, Johanna Retana Attoh

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Compressive Sensing Framework for Mass Spectrometry Data Analysis, Khalfalla Ahmad Kh. Awedat

Ghost Notes, Scott M. Bade

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A Formative Evaluation of a Program Providing Support to College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Kourtney Kay Bakalyar

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Integration of Professional Identity and Christian Religious Identity in Undergraduate Social Work Students, Lolene K. Bargerstock

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Factors Affecting Community Participation in Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Molly Bathje

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Personality Factors, Self-Care, and Perceived Stress Levels on Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Doctoral Students, Jennifer L. Bauer

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Who Controls Immigration Judges?: Towards a Multi-Institutional Model of Administration Judge Behavior, Mark Richard Beougher

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The Behavioral Revolution in Contemporary Political Science: Narrative, Identity, Practice, Joshua R. Berkenpas

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Discriminative Stimulus Effects of 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone and 4-Methylmethcathinone, Michael D. Berquist

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A Transdiagnostic Approach to Emotion Regulation: The Development and Validation of Two Scales of Emotion Regulation, Lauren M. Borges

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The Influence of Feedback on Implicit Bias in a Sample of Primarily Caucasian Women Counselors-in-Training, Branson L. Boykins

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Design and Validation of an Electro-Hydraulic Pressure-Control Valve and Closed-Loop Controller, Jerry Boza

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Yoga as an Ancillary Treatment to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Depression, Jeralee M. Briggs

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The Relationship between Student Achievement and Professional Learning Communities at the Middle School Level, Michael S. Burde

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A Prospective Investigation of Behavioral Risk Factors and Sexual Victimization Outcome in College Females, Tara E. Casady

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On Myrtle: A Novel, Laurie Ann Cedilnik

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Resolving Classes and Resolvable Spaces in Rational Homotopy Theory, Timothy L. Clark

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Using Postfeedback Delays to Reduce Racing in Online Learning, Anna L. Conard

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From Novice to Independent Researcher: A Content Analysis of PhD Student Blogs, Sarah J. Cox

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Only the River Remains: History and Memory of the Eastland Disaster in the Great Lakes Region, 1915 – 2015, Caitlyn Perry Dial

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The Federal School Improvement Grant: Telling the Story through Quantitative Outcomes, Gregg B. Dionne

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Adolescent Difficulties with Emotion Regulation: An Open Trial, Julissa A. Duenas

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Some Nonparametric Ordered Restricted Inference Problems in the Context of a Statistical Education Study, Bradford M. Dykes

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Bayesian Rank Based Methods for Linear and Generalized Linear Models, James Kodzo Dzikunu

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La Sexualidad Como Vehículo De La Identidad De Género, Sexual Y Nacional En La Novelística Panhispánica Del Siglo XXI, Leticia Isabel Espinoza

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An Integrated Approach for a Better Understanding of the Paleo-Hydrology and Landscape Evolution in the Sahara During the Previous Wet Climatic Periods, Abotalib Zaki Abotalib Farag

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Work Stress: A Review, Analysis, and Extension of the Job Demands-Control (-Support) Model, Marcus J. Fila

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Statistical Methodology for Data with Multiple Limits of Detection, Robert M. Flikkema

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Transitioning Children with Autism from One-on-One Discrete-Trial Settings to Special Education Classrooms, Jennifer L. Freeman

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A Metaevaluation of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International Accreditation Process, Stacy A. French

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Assessing the Impact of Historical Story Telling on Student Learning of Natural Selection, Janice Marie Fulford

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Correlates and Effects of Data-Informed Decision-Making: An Empirical Examination of the Loose Coupling Theory Using a National Data Set, Xingyuan Gao

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Single and Multiple Leadership Roles of Building Principals: Perceived Differences in Leadership Responsibilities in Selected Midwestern Districts, Michael A. Gaunt

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The Experience of Teachers and Deans in an Intensive Weekly Observation/Feedback Model, Kathleen A. Grinwis

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Exploration of Peer Learning in a Formal Cohort Healthcare Leadership Development Program, Melinda Marie Gruber

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Comparison of the Effectiveness of Different Observation Methods and an Exploratory Analysis of the Importance of Accuracy of Various Observations on Safety Performance, Marlies Hagge

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Session-By-Session Feedback from Psychotherapy Outcome Assessment: An Analysis of Treatment Utility, Lynn Hallberg Hall

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Examining International Stock Market Integration: Effects on Portfolio Statistical Moments, Changes to Systematic Risk Significance, and Investor Purchasing of Foreign Equities, Justin Kingsley Hanig

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Conceptualization, Measurement, and Effects of Helicopter Parenting on College Students from the Millennial Generation, BaoChun Z. Hind

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Human Behavior and Safety Auditing: The Effects of Altering Response Effort on Data Collection Behaviors of Internal and External Auditors, Krista L. Hinz

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Seventh-Day Adventists and ‘Race’ Relations in the U.S.: The Case of Black-White Structural Segregation, Cleran Hollancid

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Essays on Portfolio Choice and Risk Management, Yi-Chin Hsin

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Flexographic Printing of Conductive Silver Inks onto PDMS: Surface Treatment and Novel Processes for Creating Printed Electronic Devices, Michael James Joyce

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N-Terminal Domains of Copper ATPases In Plasmodium Falciparum, Dictyostelium Dicsoideum, Human ATP7B and a Chimera of Atox1 with Metal Binding Domain 4four of ATP7B, Javan Kilango Kisaka

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Students Engaged in a Learn and Earn Program: Exploring Characteristics that Identify those Interested in a Career in Manufacturing, Amy M. Koning

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Pedagogical Moves as Characteristics of One Instructor’s Instrumental Orchestrations with Tinkerplots and the TI-73 Explorer: A Case Study, James L. Kratky

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Copper Complexes: Superoxide Dismutase Enzyme-Substrate Binding Analogs, Copper Phthalocyanines and Pyrrole Copper Oxidase Mimics for Galactose Oxidase Catalysis, Joseph Wayne Kreft

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Sensing Gyroscopic Properties of Rotating Magnetic Nanoparticles in Solution, Brian Gerald Krug

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Understanding Factors Related to Negative Mental Health Outcomes Following Childhood Unintentional Injuries, Jennifer T. Kuhn

Subjective Selves: Visual Metaphor and the Figure of the Artist in Contemporary Comics, Catherine Kyle

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Chromatic Connectivity of Graphs, Elliot Laforge

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Guided Educational Tourism as Informal Science Education: An Empirical Study, Joseph Martin Lane

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The Influence of Racial Socialization on the Academic Achievement of Black College Students, Vanessa R. Laurent

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Females in Automotive Careers: Career Decision-Making Influences and Experiences During University Preparation and Beyond, Russell A. Leonard Jr.

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Teaching Children Who Have Difficulty Mastering Auditory Discriminations, Sarah Lichtenberger

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African American Men’s Health: Regulating Race-Related Stress through Cognitive Flexibility, Brian P. Littleton

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Student-Teacher Connection, Race, and Relationships to Academic Achievement, Timothy Brian Mabin Jr.

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The Influence of Building Configuration on Academic Achievement, Attendance, and Demographic Variables in Selected Midwestern School Districts, Catherine A. MacArthur

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A Shrine for President Lincoln: An Analysis of Lincoln Museums and Historic Sites, 1865-2015, Thomas D. Mackie Jr.

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Is Preoperative Functional Status a Predictor of Postoperative Mortality, Morbidity and Quality of Life in Open Heart Patients?, A. Kate MacPhedran

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Crystallography and Magnetism of Magnetocalorically Important Ni-Mn-X Based Heusler Alloys, Amila S. B. Madiligama

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Experimental Study of Simulated Geophysical Buoyancy-Driven Vortical Flow, Mohammad Hady Makhmalbaf

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Crowd Sourced Product Reviews: A Study of Evaluation Standards Used, Alexander W. Manga

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The Effects of Punishment on Resistance to Change and Reinstatement, Tomesha A. Manora

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Comparison of Medians Using Multivariate Mixed Design Data, Libertie B. Mantilla

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Development of Printed Cross-Functional Sensors for Gearbox Lubricant Prognostics, John Omondi Manyala

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The Rwandan Diaspora in Canada and the United States: Reconciliation and Justice, Jennifer J. Marson

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Rubrics as a Tool for Reaching Explicitly Evaluative Conclusions: Implications for Evaluation Theory, Training, and Practice, Krystin S. R. Martens

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Bullying Experiences and Resilience in LGBTQ Youth, Melinda McCormick

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Exploration of Experiences and Perceptions of Saudi Arabian Students within a Team Project Setting at an U.S. University, Ronald A. McKean

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Bivariate Negative Binomial Hurdle with Random Spatial Effects, Robert McNutt

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Shaping Leadership: Leadership Standards in the Organizational Language of University Programs, R. Ben Meador IV

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Preservice Science Teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Nature of Science and Nature of Scientific Inquiry: A Successful Case Study, Gunkut Mesci

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Cross-Cultural Mentoring Relationships between Faculty and Students in Undergraduate Athletic Training Programs, Scott D. Michel

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Agent-Based Modeling of ABC Methods for Decision-Making in Highway Bridge Projects Including Uncertainty and Several Stakeholders, Abdul Wahed Mohammed

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Principals’ Perspectives on the Professional Development Process and its Outcomes, Sara Kathleen Moore

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The Relationships between Clergy Attachment Style, Leadership Style, and Clergy Professional Longevity, Marc Nelesen

All Roads, Colleen O’Brien

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Panorama Novelístico de Escritoras Ecuatorianas en el Siglo XXI, Karina Ortiz-Pacheco

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Three Empirical Investigations into the Logic of Evaluation and Valuing Practices, Satoshi Ozeki

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The Lived Experience of Individuals with Chronic Back and Neck Pain, Depression, and/or Anxiety, Tara L. Palmeri

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An Analysis of Campus Violence Threat Assessment Policy Implementation at Michigan Community Colleges, Russell T. Panico Jr.

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It’s on Us: A Case Study of Academic Integrity in a Mid-Western Community College, Ceceilia Parnther

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Effective Practices to Address Implementation Challenges in IB Diploma Programmes in Michigan Schools, Michael B. Pascoe

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The Impact of Denominational Affiliation on Organizational Sense of Belonging and Commitment of Adjunct Faculty at Bible Colleges and Universities, Kimberly M. Pilieci

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To Promote or Not to Promote: An Inquiry into the Experiences of Female Police Officers and their Decisions to Pursue Promotion, Kristin Poleski

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Three Essays on Informal Payments in the Health Care Sector in Russia, Alexandra Polovinka

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Can You Help Me Now?: The Effects of Cell Phone Use on Social Capital Formation in a Group Setting, Simon J. Purdy

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Effectiveness of Problem-Based Learning Strategies within Police Training Academies and Correlates with Licensing Exam Outcomes, Cecil R. Queen

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A Phenomenological Approach Examining the Completion of Latino High School Students through the Lenses of Critical Race Theory, Anna M. Rangel-Clawson