All dissertations completed at Western Michigan University are entered into ScholarWorks. Some may be embargoed or restricted by the authors and may be only available from on-campus computers. Print copies are available through interlibrary loan for dissertations before 2013. If you have any questions, please contact maira.bundza@wmich.edu.

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Dissertations from 2016

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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

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

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An Evaluation of the Acceptability and Effects of a Computer-Delivered Values-Based Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression Among Older Adults, Kellie Reynolds

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Piloting a Screening Tool for Eating and Eating-Related Behavior, Michael N. Reynolds

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A Quantitative Analysis of Whether Elementary Teachers’ Science Kit Usage and Beliefs Can Predict State Science Assessment Scores, Tony E. Rice

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Visual Impairment and Factors Associated with Difficulties with Daily Tasks, Anne T. Riddering

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The Impact of Procedural Compliance to the Individualized Education Program Document on Student Achievement and Academic Benchmarks, Christine Robertson

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Paris Burn, Iliana Rocha

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Building an Evaluation Model of Academic Advising’s Impact on Progression, Persistence, and Retention within University Settings, Abhik Roy

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Counselor Preparation and Adolescent Youth: A Study of Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Brian R. Russ

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Advancing Evaluation in Community Colleges: A Mixed Methods Case Study of Outcomes-Based Assessment Training in Student Affairs, Tammy L. Russell

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Using RTP (Responsible Thinking Process) as a Lever For Improving School Culture: A Case Study of an Alternative Secondary School’s Implementation Of RTP, Andrew D. Rynberg

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Three Essays on Financial Constraints and Foreign Direct Investment, Todd Sarnstrom II

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Establishing and Testing Conditioned Reinforcers: Evaluating the Effects of the Discriminative Stimulus Procedure Using Intermittency with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Yannick A. Schenk

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Rising Against the “Enemies of the Church”: The Dynamics of Russian Desecularization and the Making of Its Punitive Regime, Rachel Lynn Schroeder

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Preparation of Aminoalcohols and Their Application for the Synthesis of Heterocycles and as Potential Sensors for Nerve Agents, David L. Sellers

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Increasing Vocal Behavior and Establishing Echoic Stimulus Control in Children with Autism, Joseph Shane

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The Recent Development of New Pigment Binders, Jae Young Shin

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Capitalism, Social Institutions, and Pathways to Crime: Reconstructing Institutional Anomie Theory, Amanda Marie Smith

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The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire, Ephraim Scott Sommers

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Assessing the Effects of Interactive Video Modeling on the Fidelity of Implementation of Skill-Acquisition Procedures, Steven Sparks

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Three Essays on Finance, Agricultural Aid, and Development, James Squires

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A Phenomenological Study of Practicing Educators’ Personal and Collaborative Experiences within a Climate of High Stakes Individual Accountability, Kathy L. Stewart

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Principals’ Experiences Adapting to a New State-Mandated Administrator Evaluation Process: a Phenomenological Study, Kathleen Ann Teed Ramirez

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Assessing Change in Attachment Security of Adolescents at Residential Therapeutic Programs, Laura Santa Thum

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Patterns of Olfactory Neurogenesis and Immune Response in Adult Zebrafish Following Damage of the Olfactory Bulb, Darcy M. Trimpe

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Increasing Caregiver Supervision of Young Children: Teaching Scanning, Predicting Behavior, and Modifying for Safety, Natalie Truba

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Do Parties Matter? A Political Model of Monetary Policy in Open Economies, Hulya Unlusoy

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An R-Matrix, Quantum Defect Theory Approach to the Photoionization of Molecular Nitrogen, Gaetan L. VanGyseghem

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Dimensions of the Doctoral Dissertation Advising Relationship in Counselor Education: Mentoring Expectations, Satisfaction, and Time-to-Degree, LaSonda Wells

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Exploring Interpersonal Variables Within the Supervisory Relationship: The Role of Supervisory Alliance, Supervisory Style, and Supervisee Attachment, Kathryn Wierda

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The Lived Experiences of Conditionally Admitted College Students, Ashley J. Wildman

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An Analysis of Evaluation Practices of Two Training Programs in the Healthcare Sector Using the New World Kirkpatrick Model, Michelle Woodhouse

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3D Printed Bone Supplement Materials, Azem Khalifa Yahamed

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The House that Propaganda Built: Historicizing the Democracy Promotion Efforts and Measurement Tools of Freedom House, Emily A. Zerndt