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 wmu-scholarworks@wmich.edu.

This department was called Educational Leadership until around 2000. Then departmental responsibilities were redistributed between Educational Studies and Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, both active until 2007. This list includes dissertations from all three of those earlier departments.

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Dissertations from 2020

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Saudi Arabian Women’s Lived Experiences Attaining Higher Education Deanships: Paths, Supports, and Challenges, Sarah Abdullah Allhoian

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Dominican Public-School Novice Principals’ Description of Their Early Career Experiences and Needs Entering the Principalship, Mary Francis Benzo Hernandez

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Experiences of Middle School Principals with Accountability-Related Stress and Coping Skills, Gus T. Calbert

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Teachers’ Experiences in Schools that Serve Rural Communities in The Dominican Republic: Their Readiness to Respond to Challenges, Nidia Beatriz Columna Pérez

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Parent and Guardian Perspectives Regarding Attendance: Evidence from a Governmental Early Childhood Education and Care Program, Rita L. Cruz Santelises

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Trauma and Social Frameworks: the Effect of UASD-Government Conflict Between 1966 and 1978 over Perspectives about Higher Education, Jesús Leonardo D'Alessandro

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How and Why Higher Education Information Technology Professionals Keep Their Skill Sets Current, Vicky L. Deur

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How Elementary Teachers Demonstrate Leadership in the Classroom to Increase Science Learning, Dipsy Anais Etanislao Gonzalez

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Choosing to Be a Teacher: Understanding the Career Choice of Academically Excellent University Students Who Had Graduated from High Performing High Schools in the Dominican Republic, Marcela Maria Fuster de Hernàndez

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Adjustment Issues as Students Transition from High School to the Dominican Republic's First Community College, Alexandra Julia Garcia Munoz

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Adopting Educational Technology: A Study of Dominican Republic Higher Education Faculty Related to their Classroom Usage, Attitudes, Barriers, and Motivations, Leipzig Elizabeth Guzmán Mena

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Language – Liberation – Leadership the Identity Reconstruction and Lived Experiences of Subaltern (Non-Elite) Learners of English In Pakistan, Aamir Hasan

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Community College Student Success: Connections to Student Perceptions of Faculty Behaviors, and Classroom Motivators, Victor A. Henry Ubiera

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The Voices of Single-Headed Household African American Mothers Concerning the High School Completion of Their Daughters, Lametria A. Johnson_Eaddy

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The Experiences of African American Men at Predominantly White Institutions of Higher Education, After Successfully Transferring From a Community College, Keenan King

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The Role of Search Consultants in Interpreting and Communicating Organizational Identity during Presidential Searches at Small, Private Colleges, Dawn M. Markell

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Understanding the School Experience of Recent LGBTQ+ Graduates in the Dominican Republic’s Education System, Rossina Matos

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Relationships between Kindergarten Entrance Age and Attendance Rates in Kindergarten through Second Grade, Julie A. McDonald

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Undergraduate Educational Research Experiences in the Study of Interior Design, Julia Virginia Pimentel Jiménez

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Dominican Nursing Students’ Self-Reported Mastery of International Nursing Competencies, Wady Ramirez

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Women’s Lived Experiences in their Pathways to Leadership Positions in Universities in the Dominican Republic, Laura Sartori

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An Exploration of Preschool Choice with Low-Income Families: The Critical Role of Positive Attitudes, Behavioral Norms and Control Beliefs, Laurel E. Schmitt

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The Effect of Principal Leadership on Student Achievement: A Multivariate Meta-Analysis, Huang Wu

Dissertations from 2019

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Saudi Arabian Female English Language Teachers’ Perspectives on Instructional Supervisors and Supervision, Afaf Mohammed Albalawi

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Factors Contributing to the Attrition of New Student Affairs Professionals, Nicole Millar Allbee

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Superintendent Practices and Initiatives for Building Principal Instructional and Collaborative Leadership Capacity in a High-Performing High-Poverty School, Fatemah Ali Al Ramel

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Principal Leadership and the Development of Teacher Professionalism and Autonomy within a Collaborative School Culture, Sukinah Ali Al Ramel

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The Impact of Character Education Programs on Middle School Bullying Behavior, Kelly M. Amshey

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The Learning Experiences of Practicing School Leadership Coaches: A Multiple Case Study, Dustin Anderson

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The Role of Mental Models in Sensemaking during the Data-Driven Decision-Making Process and Their Impact on Instructional Practice, Ann M. Bingham

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The Lived Experience of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Transitioning from High School to a Liberal Arts College, Joseph D. Bishop

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Artist as Academic Leader, George H. Brown

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Design Parameters for Planning Cluster Randomized Trials of Cognitive Skill Interventions: An Empirical Analysis Using the Collegiate Learning Assessment, Yu Du

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The Efficacy Actions of Priority School Leaders during the Dynamic Change of School Reform, Micole D. Dyson

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University Auxiliary Services: A Review of Factors Impacting Privatization Decisions, Rita S. Gordon

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The Relationship between Student Math Achievement and Teachers Utilizing a Process Involving Interim Instructional Assessments, Douglas B. Greer

The Impact of Goal Orientation and Learning Organization on Mobbing of Academic Advisors in the U.S., Bette A. Ludwig

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The Use of Principal Feedback from Teachers to Create Effective Leadership, Kevin Richard Macina

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Female Senior Student Affairs Officers’ Experiences in Decision Making Across Their Careers, Somaia Hamza Mustafa

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Delaying Kindergarten Entrance by Participating in Pre-Kindergarten and Academic Achievement in Elementary School: Red-Shirting and Achievement Scores, Rachael Postle-Brown

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Change in Attribution Perspective, Shame, and Academic Identity for Freshmen on Probation Enrolled in University Academic Recovery Courses: A Mixed Methods Study, Christine L. Robinson

College with Conviction: Formerly Incarcerated Students’ Sense of Belonging in Higher Education, Colleen Kay Stano

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The Social-Construct of Race and Ethnicity: One’s Self-Identity after a DNA Test, Kathryn Ann Wilson

Dissertations from 2018

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Effective Teaching and Learning: Flipped Learning in the Classroom, Mohammed Fahad Alsobaie

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Ten Elementary School Teachers’ Voices: How They Build Effective Literacy Learning in the Lives of Their 2nd Grade Children, Merfat Ayesh Alsubaie

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University Leaders’ Experiences in Advancing the Development and Transformation of Emerging Saudi Public Universities, Abdulrahman Hamed Alsulami

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Instructor Sense of Community and Instructional Practices as Predictors of Student Sense of Community: A Hierarchical Linear Modeling Analysis, Laurie K. Burgess

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Looking Inward: Higher Education Public Relations and Internal Communication, Kelly A. Campbell

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Response Shift Bias: An Examination of Measurement Invariance in Self-Reported Change, Katherine Nelson Daniels

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Experiences of Underrepresented Minority Students in Health Professions Programs, and Their Journeys to the Programs, Alisha L. Davis

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The Role of Response to Intervention in Michigan High Poverty Elementary Schools That Are Beating the Odds, Alina J. Fortenberry

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The Effect of Item Stem and Response Option Length on the Item Analysis Outcomes of a Career and Technical Education Multiple Choice Assessment, Tina M. Koepf

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Are Experienced Principals More Likely to Implement the Attributes of the Three-Minute Walkthrough Program Than Less-Experienced Principals?, Trent Mosley

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The Lived Experience of New Community College Student Affairs Professionals, Eric L. Mullen

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The Lived Experiences of Veteran and Military Students in the Context of a “Military Friendly” Institution: A Phenomenological Case Study, Gail Y. Rouscher

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Sacrificial Dynamite: The Convergence of Developed Empathy and Ongoing Relational Experience With God: A Grounded Theory, Toran Scott

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Empirical Estimates of Design Parameters Used in A Priori Power Analyses for Planning School-Randomized Studies in Select Asian Countries, Ran Shi

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Understanding the Experiences of Students Re-Admitted After Academic Suspension as Part of a University-Initiated Process: A Qualitative Study, Gary L. Versalle

Dissertations from 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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