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Spring 2017

Student Name Title of Dissertation Committee College/Program Date, Time, Location
Tyler
Vaughan
Revisiting the
Person-context Nexus:
An Empirical Test
of a Revised Trait
Suppression Hypothesis
Dr. Mark C. Stafford, Chair
Dr. Bob E. Vasquez
Dr. Shayne Jones
Dr. Alex Piquero
Applied Arts,
Criminal Justice
March 9, 2017
3:30 PM
HINES 104
Michelle
Holcomb
Hurricane Ike and My Mother:
How Loss of Extended
Self Contributed to
Identity Development
Dr. Ann K. Brooks, Chair
Dr. Joellen E. Coryell
Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon
Dr. Michael P. O'Malley
Education,
Adult, Professional, and
Community Education
March 7, 2017
1:00 PM
ASBS 309
Gregory
Klaus
Perceived Risk and Response
to the Ice Throw Hazard:
Comparing Community
Stakeholders and Operations
and Maintenance Personnel
in Two Regions of Texas
Dr. Denise Blanchard, Chair
Dr. Richard Dixon
Dr. Richard Earl
Dr. Todd Moore
Liberal Arts,
Enviromental Geography
March 1, 2017
11:30 AM
ELA 344
Joshua
Wilkerson
Cultivating Mathematical
Affections: Developing a
Productive Disposition
through Engagement
in Service-learning
Dr. Sharon Strickland, Chair
Dr. Gilbert Cuevas
Dr. Samuel Obara
Dr. David Klanderman
Science and Engineering,
Mathematics Education
February 10, 2017
9:00 AM
UAC 410
Nathaniel
Dede-Bamfo
Improving Spatial Accessibility
to Agricultural Markets in
the Afram Plains, Ghana
Dr. T. Edwin Chow, Chair
Dr. Benjamin Zhan
Dr. Denise Blanchard
Dr. Taewon Suh
Liberal Arts,
Geographic Information
Science
February 3, 2017
10:00 AM
ELA 344

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Fall 2016

Student Name Title of Dissertation Committee College/Program Date, Time,
Location

Brian Reyes

The Impact of Conducted Energy Device Policies on Citizen Complaints Against the Police

Dr. Christine Sellers, Chair
Dr. Brian Withrow, Chair
Dr. Scott Bowman
Dr. Pete Blair
Dr. Jeff Dailey

College of Applied Arts - Criminal Justice December 12, 2016
10:00 a.m.
HAC 104

Lichen Xiang

Design and Application of Hollow Silica Microscopes for Density-Based Bio Separations

Dr. Shannon E. Weigum, Chair
Dr. Yihong Chen
Dr. Tania Betancourt
Dr. Gary Beall
Dr. John Carrano

College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization November 7, 2016
10:00 a.m.
RFM 3240C

Hyunhwan Kim

Characterization of Rubberized Binders with Wax Additives

Dr. Soon-Jae Lee, Chair
Dr. Vedaraman Sriraman
Dr. Yoo Jae Kim
Dr. Byoung Hee You
Dr. In-Hyouk Song
Dr. Anthony Torres

College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization November 4, 2016
10:00 a.m.
RFM 2243

Lisa Holleran

Future Dangerousness in Texas Death Penalty: A Content Analysis

Dr. Donna Vandiver, Chair
Dr. Mark C. Stafford
Dr. Scott W. Bowman
Dr. Meredith Martin Rountree
Dr. Ken Murray

College of Applied Arts - Criminal Justice November 4, 2016
9:00 a.m.
HAC 104

Bobby Logan Hancock

Investigation of Thermal Effects in III-Nitride Semiconductor Materials and Devices

Dr. Mark Holtz, Chair
Dr. Edwin Piner
Dr. Thomas Myers
Dr. Alex Zakhidov
Dr. Jeff Wetzel

College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization November 3, 2016
10:30 a.m.
RM 3240

Dittita Tititampruk

Offender's Decision Making: An Assessment of Convicted Burglars in Thailand

Dr. Mark C. Stafford, Chair
Dr. Jay D. Jamieson
Dr. Lucia Summers
Dr. Nathee Chitsanwang
Dr. Sunee Kanyajit

College of Applied Arts - Criminal Justice November 3, 2016
8:00 a.m.
HAC 104

Joseph McKenna

Examining the Use of Full-Time Police in Schools: How Roles and Training May Impact Responses to Misconduct

Dr. Joycelyn Pollock, Chair
Dr. Mark C. Stafford
Dr. Scott W. Bowman
Dr. P. Michael Supancic
Dr. Sean P. Varano (Roger Williams University)

College of Applied Arts - Criminal Justice November 2, 2016
10:00 a.m.
HAC 104

William Adams

The Protracted Dispute over the Edwards Aquifer: Revisiting and Reframing Multiparty Stakeholder Conflicts in Management, Regulation, Allocation, and Property Rights

Dr. Denise Blanchard, Chair
Dr. Richard Earl
Dr. Jason Julian
Dr. Howard Balanoff

College of Liberal Arts - Environmental Geography November 1, 2016
9:00 a.m.
ELA 384

Regina Hernandez

Teaching and Learning Technology and New Media in a Community-Based Program: Adult Educators and Older Learners’ Experiences

Dr. Clarena Larrotta, Chair
Dr. Joellen Coryell
Dr. Arlene Serrano
Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon

College of Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education October 31, 2016
3:00 p.m.
ASBS 309

Adrienne Gratten Aldaco

Fiery Passion and Relentless Commitment: The Lived Experiences of African American Women Principals in Turnaround Model Schools

Dr. Melissa Martinez, Chair
Dr. Sarah Nelson Baray, Co-Chair
Dr. Maneka Brooks
Dr. Bergeron Harris

College of Education - School Improvement October 28, 2016
2:00 p.m.
ASBS 309

Daphne Everman

Teacher Candidates' Perceptions Regarding the Integration of Fictional Literature into Elementary Science Instruction

Dr. Melissa Martinez, Chair
Dr. Sarah Nelson-Baray
Dr. Barry Aidman
Dr. Patricia Guerra

College of Education - School Improvement October 28, 2016
11:00 a.m.
ASBS 309

Sarah Jean Baker

LeadingMamas - A Visual Ethnography

Dr. Patrice Werner, Chair
Dr. Sarah Nelson-Baray, Co-Chair
Dr. Barry Aidman
Dr. Jennifer Jacobs

College of Education - School Improvement October 28, 2016
8:30 a.m.
ASBS 309

Jeffrey Simpson

Growth and Characterization of Novel GaN High Electron Mobility Transistor Structures with Enhanced Two-dimensional Electron Gas

Dr. Ed Piner, Chair
Dr. Mark Holtz
Dr. Casey Smith
Dr. Alex Zakhidov
Dr. Edward Beam (Qorvo, Inc.)

College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization October 27, 2016
3:30 p.m.
RFM 3219

Brandy Alba

Incorporating Course Embedded Peer Tutors in an Accelerated Developmental Writing Program

Dr. Emily Miller Payne, Chair
Dr. Deborah Balzhiser
Dr. Jodi Holschuh
Dr. Rebecca Jackson

College of Education - Developmental Education October 27, 2016
11:00 a.m.
HAC 104

Summer 2016

Student Name Title of Dissertation Committee College/Program Date, Time,
Location

Enrique Garcia

The Anatomy of Conversation: A Critical Case Study of the Comunidad - Building Conversations of a School Leader

Dr. Miguel Guajardo, Chair
Dr. Clarena Larrotta
Dr. John Oliver
Dr. Melissa Martinez

College of Education - School Improvement August 19, 2016
1:00 p.m.
ASBS 309

Shannon Cunningham

Defense Attorneys' Perceptions of Prosecutorial Misconduct

Dr. Joycelyn Pollock, Chair
Dr. Mark Stafford
Dr. Jim Acker
Dr. Scott Bowman

College of Applied Arts -
Criminal Justice
June 24, 2016
1:00 p.m.
Hines 104

Geoffrey Miller

Exploring Mathematical Flow: A Case Study of Pre-Service Secondary Teachers Collaborating on Model-Eliciting Activities

Dr. Samuel Obara, Chair
Dr. Alexander White
Dr. Sharon Strickland
Dr. Hunter Close

College of Science and Engineering - Mathematics Education June 24, 2016
11:00 a.m.
UAC 405
Tiffany Cox Prosecutor Misconduct and Good Faith Error: A Reanalysis of Current Studies in California and Texas

Dr. Joycelyn Pollock, Chair
Dr. Mark Stafford
Dr. David Perkins
Dr. Roger Enriquez

College of Applied Arts - Criminal Justice June 23, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Hines 104
Moira Martin Compassion in Crises: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Flood Survivors and First Responders

Dr. Ann K. Brooks, Chair
Dr. Joellen E. Coryell
Dr. Michael P. O’Malley
Dr. Frederick Bradstreet

College of Education -
Adult, Professional, and Community Education

June 22, 2016
10:00 a.m.
ED 4040
Lynn Greenwood Juvenile Probation Officer Stress and Organizational Commitment

Dr. Joycelyn Pollock, Chair
Dr. Mark Stafford
Dr. Bob Vasquez
Dr. Eric Lambert

College of Applied Arts -
Criminal Justice

June 21, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Hines 104

Patsy Stelter

A Longitudinal Study of Learning and Study Skills and GPA for Students Enrolled in an Early College High School

Dr. Steven Aragon, Co-Chair
Dr. Eric Paulson, Co-Chair
Dr. Taylor Acee
Dr. Chad Rose

College of Education - Developmental Education June 15, 2016
2:00 p.m.
ASBN 407

Jiachen Xue

Growth Mechanism of Graphene Synthesized on Ni/Cu Allo through CVD Method and Use Graphene as a Diffusion Barrier for Thermoelectric Device

Dr. Qingkai Yu, Chair
Dr. Gary Beall
Dr. Nikoleta Theodoropoulou
Dr. Yihong Chen
Dr. Dongsheng Mao

College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization June 13, 2016
2:30 p.m.
RFM 3219
Nama Namakshi Creating a Pathway to STEM: Role of an Informal Math Program

Dr. Max Warshauer, Co-Chair
Dr. Alexander White, Co-Chair
Dr. Samuel Obara
Dr. Hiroko Warshauer
Dr. Na'ilah Suad Nasir

College of Science and Engineering - Mathematics Education June 3, 2016
11:30 a.m.
Derrick Hall 238
Michael Martaindale Examining the Efficacy of Computer-Based Vision Training to Improve the Speed and Accuracy of Weapon Acquisition in a Dynamic Use of Force Scenario

Dr. Pete Blair, Chair
Dr. Scott Bowman
Dr. Marcus Felson
Dr. Beth Sanders

College of Applied Arts - Criminal Justice May 16, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Hines 104

Spring 2016

Student Name Title of Dissertation Committee College/Program Date, Time,
Location
Benjamin Prince An Appalachian Trail: A Critical Geographic Study in Visual Representation and Landscape Production

Dr. Ronald Hagelman, Chair
Dr. Alberto Giordano
Dr. John Tiefenbacher
Dr. Emily Summers

 

College of Liberal Arts- Environmental Geography May 9, 2016
10:00 a.m.
ELA 344

Chelsea Blake

Personality and Predation in a Changing Environment

Dr. Caitlin Gabor, Chair
Dr. Chris Nice
Dr. Andrea Aspbury
Dr. Alison Bell
Dr. Brian Langerhans

College of Science and Engineering -
Aquatic Resources
April 15, 2016
2:00 p.m.
SUP 116
Javad Rezanezhad Gatabi Oxides on Semiconductors for Novel Device Applications

Dr. Ravi Droopad, Chair
Dr. Wilhelmus J. Geerts
Dr. Clois E. Powell
Dr. David Irvin
Dr. Yihong Chen

College of Science and Engineering -
Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization
April 6, 2016
4:00 p.m.
RFM 3219

Clint-Michael Reneau

My Brother's Keeper: Queering Masculinities in Higher Education

Dr. Michael P. O’Malley, Chair
Dr. Joellen E. Coryell
Dr. Lisa L. Kirkpatrick
Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon

College of Education -
Adult, Professional, and Community Education
April 6, 2016
10:00 a.m.
ED 4040
Jeffry King Existence in Tension: A Post-Intentional Phenomenological Analysis of Teachers' Perceptions of Pedagogical Metaxy as a Response to Gnostic Philosophy and Standardization in Education

Dr. Michael P. O’Malley, Chair
Dr. Barry Aidman
Dr. Sarah Nelson Baray
Dr. Paul Stewart

College of Education -
School Improvement
April 5, 2016
3:30 p.m.
ASBS 309

Matthew Todd Hall

Oro, Ergo Sum: The Pedagogy of Spiritual Formation Among Protestant Seminarians in North America: Toward a Post-Cartesian Framework

Dr. Michael P. O’Malley, Chair
Dr. Sarah W. Nelson-Baray
Dr. Ann K. Brooks
Dr. Daniel Napier, Austin Graduate School of Theology

College of Education -
School Improvement
April 5, 2016
1:00 p.m.
ED 4040
Ji Yoon Christine Moon The Cultural Looking Glass: A Narrative Analysis of Korean Female Professors in the American Academy

Dr. Joellen E. Coryell,Chair
Dr. Hyun Joo Martha Kwon
Dr. Clarena Larrotta
Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon

College of Education -
Adult, Professional, and Community Education
April 4, 2016
1:00 p.m.
ASBS 309
Elizabeth Threadgill Assessing Media Literacy Among First-Year Writing Students

Dr. Eric Paulson, Co-Chair
Dr. Taylor Acee, Co-Chair
Dr. Emily Miller Payne
Dr. Larry Price

College of Education - Developmental Education
 
April 4, 2016
8:00 a.m.
ASBN 408
Christina Starkey Reflective Journaling as a Tool to Support Learning Mathematical Proof

Dr. M. Alejandra Sorto, Co-Chair
Dr. Stewart Welsh, Co-Chair
Dr. Hiroko Warshauer
Dr. Alexander White
Dr. Nancy Wilson

College of Science and Engineering -
Mathematics Education
April 1, 2016
8:00 a.m.
UAC 306
Christine A. Herrera An Investigation of the Relationships Between Conceptualization of Limits and Proof Comprehension

Dr. M. Alejandra Sorto,Chair
Dr. Alexander White
Dr. Sharon Strickland
Dr. Mark Daniels

College of Science and Engineering -
Mathematics Education
March 31, 2016
8:00 a.m.
UAC 410
Dawn Robarts Non-directed Kidney Donation: A Possible Solution to the Increasing Kidney Shortage

Dr. Steve Furney, Chair
Dr. Robert F. Reardon
Dr. Joellen E. Coryell
Dr. Robert Pankey

College of Education -
Adult, Professional, and Community Education
March 23, 2016
2:00 p.m.
JOW A115
Shawnda Smith Geometry Teaching Knowledge: A Comparison Between Pre-service and High School Geometry Teachers

Dr. M. Alejandra Sorto,Chair
Dr. Alexander White
Dr. Zhonghong Jiang
Dr. Mark Daniels

College of Science and Engineering -
Mathematics Education
March 11, 2016
1:00 p.m.
UAC 306
Yvette Cantu Esta es Nuestra Historia: An Intergenerational Study with Three Latin@ Educators

Dr. Miguel A. Guajardo, Chair
Dr. Clarena Larrotta
Dr. Leticia R. Grimaldo
Dr. Melissa A. Martinez

College of Education -
School Improvement
March 11, 2016
1:00 p.m.
ASBS 309
Rachel Bower Cases of Noticing in Linguistically Diverse Mathematics Classrooms  Dr. M. Alejandra Sorto, Chair
Dr. Alexander White
Dr. Hiroko Warshauer
Dr. Luz Maldonado
College of Science & Engineering - Mathematics Education February 24, 2016
9:00 a.m.
UAC 306
Victoria Terranova Assessing the Effect of the Ignition-Interlock Device on Recidivism

Dr. Mark Stafford, Chair
Dr. J. Pete Blair
Dr. Mitchell Chamlin
Dr. Donna Vandiver
Dr. Robert Voas

College of Applied Arts -
Criminal Justice
February 12, 2016
2:00 p.m.
HAC 104
Xi Gong Exploring Associations between Environmental Risk Factors and Low Birth Weight Using Geographic Big Data

Dr. Benjamin Zhan, Chair
Dr. Ron Hagelman
Dr. T. Edwin Chow
Dr. Michelle Bell

College of Liberal Arts -
Geographic Information Science
January 29, 2016
9:00 a.m.
ELA 384

Fall 2015

Student Name Title of Dissertation Committee College/Program Date, Time,
Location
Kenneth B. Breslow Narratives of Directors of Disability Services: Their Human, Social, and Resistant Capitals

Dr. Clarena Larrotta, Chair
Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon
Dr. Miguel A. Guajardo
David S. Coco

College of Education -
Adult, Professional, and Community Education
December 9, 2015
1:00 p.m.
ASBS 309
Salma A. Amlani Educating the Masses: A Multisite Case Study of Community Colleges in India

Dr. Eric J. Paulson, Chair
Dr. Emily J. Summers
Dr. Taylor W. Acee
Dr. Anjali J. Forber-Pratt
Dr. Christopher L. Busey

College of Education -
Developmental Education
December 7, 2015
9:00 a.m.
ASBN 450B
Angela Wranic Composite Learning Objects in Geographical Sciences: A Comparison of the Learning Process between Costa Rica and the United States University Classroom

Dr. Osvaldo Muniz, Chair
Dr. Richard Boehm
Dr. David Butler
Dr. Christine Rodrigue

College of Liberal Arts -
Geographic Education
November 20, 2015
10:00 a.m.
ELA 344
Dessynie Edwards An Examination of Black Women Leaders' Educational and Professional Experiences On The Path Towards the Superintendency

Dr. Duncan Waite, Chair
Dr. Barry Aidman
Dr. Sarah Nelson Baray
Dr. Mike Boone

College of Education -
School Improvement
November 12, 2015
3:00 p.m.
ASB South 309
Sayantan Das Method And Mechanism of Colloidal Self Assembly for Surface Patterning

Dr. Gary Beall, Chair
Dr. W. Chittenden
Dr. M. Holtz
Dr. W. Brittain
Dr. C. Powell

College of Science and Engineering -
Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization
November 3, 2015
2:00 p.m.
CENT 331
Susan Holt Echoes of Transnational Teachers: Navigating Cultural Fronts

Dr. Miguel A. Guajardo, Chair
Dr. Clarena Larrotta
Dr. Melissa Martinez
Dr. Matthew Militello

College of Education -
School Improvement
November 2, 2015
2:30 p.m.
ASBS 309
Jackson Pickett Does Gender Discrimination in Hiring and Promotion Persist in Departments of Geography?

Dr. Yongmei Lu, Chair
Dr. David Butler
Dr. Fred Day
Dr. Jon Wivagg
Dr. Qiang Zhao

College of Liberal Arts -
Geographic Information Science
November 2, 2015
1:00 p.m.
ELA 344
Karen Lunkin Praxis Leadership: A Micro-Autoethnography of Intersections Between Tension, Spirituality and Education

Dr. Miguel A. Guajardo, Chair
Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon
Dr. John Oliver
Dr. Monica Valadez

College of Education -
School Improvement
November 2, 2015
11:00 a.m.
ED 4040
Travis Cantu Synthesis, Characterization, and In Vitro Evaluation of Near-Infrared Absorbing Conductive Polymer Nanoparticles as Agents for Photothermal Ablation of Breast Cancer Cells

Dr. Tania Betancourt, Chair
Dr. Jennifer Irvin
Dr. Shannon Weigum
Dr. James Tunnell
Dr. John Burns

College of Science and Engineering -
Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization
November 2, 2015
8:30 a.m.
RFM 3219
Juan Andres Gomez Ortega Fabrication of Through-holes for the Interconnection of Polymer Microfluidic Devices

Dr. Byoung Hee You, Chair
Dr. Tongdan Jin
Dr. Yoo Jae Kim
Dr. Vedaraman Sriraman
Dr. In-Hyouk Song

College of Science and Engineering October 30, 2015
1:00 p.m.
RFM 2243
H. Jaymi Elsass Juvenile Delinquency Outliers: An Analysis of High Rate Offenders and Pure Conformists

Dr. Mark Stafford, Chair
Dr. Donna Vandiver
Dr. Wayman Mullins
Dr. Daniel Mears

College of Applied Arts -
Criminal Justice
October 30, 2015
9:00 a.m.
Hines 104
Kayon Murray Toward a Construct of Balance: Graduate Education Faculty and the Navigation of Difficult Dialogues on Race

Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon, Chair
Dr. Ann K. Brooks
Dr. Joellen E. Coryell
Dr. Mary V. Alfred

College of Education -
Adult, Professional, and Community Education
October 29, 2015
10:00 a.m.
ASBS 309
Naomi Garcia Erlebnis- a Phenomenological Study of the Stream of Experience and Ideation of Three Adult Educators Living and Working in Turkey

Dr. Duncan Waite, Chair
Dr. Joellen E. Coryell
Dr. Kathleen Fite
Dr. Melissa Martinez

College of Education -
Adult, Professional, and Community Education
October 28, 2015
2:00 p.m.
ASBS 306
Jose Luis Moreno Anatomy of the Story: Narratives of Mortuary Science Learners and Graduates

Dr. Clarena Larrotta, Chair
Dr. Jon Lasser
Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon
Dr. Megan L. Trad

College of Education -
Adult, Professional, and Community Education
October 26, 2015
1:00 p.m.
ASBS 309
Ashley Kotwal Characterization, Physical Properties and Commercial Viability of Blended Cements with High Volume Interground Limestone

Dr. Thomas Myers, Chair
Dr. John Schemmel
Dr. Vedaraman Sriraman
Dr. Clois Powell
Dr. Craig Hanks

College of Science and Engineering -
Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization
October 20, 2015
1:30 p.m.
RFM 3219
Christa Stutz Farano An Analysis of Travel Efficiency Within the Context of Geographic Education and the Daily Trip Plan

Dr. Richard Boehm, Chair
Dr. Denise Blanchard
Dr. Richard Dixon
Dr. Doreen Mattingly

College of Liberal Arts -
Geographic Education
September 14, 2015
10:00 a.m.
ELA 344

Spring 2015

Student Name Title of Dissertation Committee College/Program Date, Time,
Location
Beverly Woodson Day The Persistence of Black Males in the STEM Fields at Texas State University

Dr. Robert F. Reardon, Chair
Dr. Larry R. Price
Dr. Heather C. Galloway
Dr. Debra A. Feaks

College of Education -
Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education
July 7, 2015
9:00 a.m.
ASBS 309
Praveen Kathare Functional Characterization of SAUR Genes in Plant Growth and Development

Dr. Nihal Dharmasiri, Chair
Dr. Dana Garcia
Dr. Hong Gu Kang
Dr. Sunethra Dharmasiri
Dr. Rachell Booth
Dr. Enamul Huq

College of Science and Engineering -
Aquatic Resources
July 1, 2015
2:00 p.m.
SUP 257
Marcus Goss Applications and Attributes of A Novel 2-D Transition Metal Cyanide Membrane

Dr. Gary Beall, Chair
Dr. Clois Powell
Dr. L. Kevin Lewis
Dr. Glenn Longley
Dr. W. T. Chittenden

College of Science and Engineering -
Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization
June 24, 2015
2:00 p.m.
CHEM 304
Kunal Bhatnagar Investigation of III-V Semiconductor Heterostructures for Post-Si-CMOS Applications

Dr. Ravindranath Droopad, Chair
Dr. Yihong Chen
Dr. Toni Sauncy
Dr. Edwin Piner
Dr. Clois Powell

College of Science and Engineering -
Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization
June 22, 2015
9:00 a.m.
RFM 3219
Melissa Jones Efficacy and Efficiency of Head Starting and Captive Propagation of an Endangered Amphibian: Implications for Continued Population and Habitat Management Following Catastrophic Wildfire

Dr. Michael Forstner, Chair
Dr. Dittmar Hahn
Dr. Floyd Weckerly
Dr. Audrey McKinney
Dr. Todd Swannack

College of Science and Engineering -
Aquatic Resources
June 19, 2015
11:00 a.m.
Norris Room
Tereza Cristina Valverde The Perceptions of Science Without Borders Students of Internationalization Strategies in Practice in an U.S. University: A Phenomenographic Study

Dr. Joellen E. Coryell, Chair
Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon
Dr. Dr. Francisco Leite
Dr. Paul Stewart

College of Education -
Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education
June 12, 2015
2:00 p.m.
ASBS 309
TaNeisha Page Career Preparation:  A Comparison of University Athletes to Non-Athletes

Dr. Robert F. Reardon, Chair
Dr. Joellen E. Coryell
Dr. Steve R. Furney
Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon

College of Education -
Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education
June 8, 2015
3:00 p.m.
ASBS 309
Tammy Bracewell Children's Advocacy Centers' Effect on the Prosecutorial Decision to Accept or Reject Cases of Child Sexual Abuse

Dr. Brian Withrow, Chair
Dr.
Joycelyn Pollock
Dr. Donna Vandiver
Dr. Angela Ausbrooks

College of Applied Arts -
Criminal Justice
June 2, 2015
2:00 p.m.
HAC 104
David Parr The Geographic Distribution of Volunteered Geographic Information Production: A Study of OpenStreetMap

Dr. Yongmei Lu, Chair
Dr. Ron Hagelman
Dr. T. Edwin Chow
Dr. David Mark

College of Liberal Arts -
Geographic Information Science
May 21, 2015
1:00 p.m.
ELA 344
Paul Reynolds The Impact of Fairness, Organizational Trust, and Perceived Organizational Support on Police Officer Performance

Dr. Joycelyn M. Pollock, Chair
Dr. Beth A. Sanders
Dr. Bob E. Vasquez
Dr. Matthew J. Hickman (Seattle University)

College of Applied Arts -
Criminal Justice
May 14, 2015
12:00 p.m.
HAC 104
Rain Nox Wildfire Mitigation Behavior on Single Family Residential Properties near Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Wildlands in Austin, Texas

Dr. Colleen Hiner, Chair
Dr. Ron Hagelman
Dr. Fred Day
Dr. Roque Mendez

College of Liberal Arts -
Environmental Geography
May 6, 2015
9:00 a.m.
ELA 344
Steven D. Glassner Evaluating Traumatic Life Events:  An Assessment of the Health and Delinquent Outcomes of Youth Exposed to Trauma

Dr. Joycelyn M. Pollock, Chair
Dr. Mark C. Stafford
Dr. Bob E. Vasquez
Dr. Leana A. Bouffard

College of Applied Arts -
Criminal Justice
May 1, 2015
2:00 p..m.
HAC 206
Tamey Williams Unlearning as School Reform: How PK-12 Principals Facilitate School Improvement in Nontraditional Schools

Dr. Sarah W. Nelson, Chair
Dr. Mark A. Gooden
Dr. Michael P. O’Malley
Dr. Trae Stewart

College of Education -
Education - School Improvement
April 8, 2015
10:30 a.m.
ASBS 309
Vincent (Lem) Morton Black Males in Higher Education: Communities of Color

Dr. Ann K. Brooks, Chair
Dr. Clarena Larrotta
Dr. Miguel Guajardo
Dr. John A. Oliver

College of Education -
Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education
April 7, 2015
1:00 p.m.
ASBS 309
Lyn Crowell Between the Spaces: Instructional Coaches Negotiating School Improvement Study

Dr. Sarah W. Nelson, Chair
Dr. Jennifer Jacobs
Dr. Michael O’Malley
Dr. Patricia Guerra

College of Education -
Education - School Improvement
April 7, 2015
11:00 a.m.
ED 4040
David L. Gibbs Constructing Requirements: A Qualitative Study of Challenges Encountered During Requirements Elicitation for Information Systems

Dr. Ann K. Brooks, Chair
Dr. Joellen E. Coryell
Dr. Steven R. Furney
Dr. Tiankee Wang

College of Education -
Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education
April 7, 2015
11:00 a.m.
ASBS 332
Daniel Wolcott Biological and Environmental Influences on Developmental Variation in Ungulates in Variable Environments

Dr. Floyd Weckerly, Chair
Dr. R. Terry Bowyer
Dr. Paul Leberg
Dr. Thomas Simpson
Dr. M. Clay Green

College of Science and Engineering -
Aquatic Resources
April 3, 2015
12:00 p.m.
Supple 116
Suvidha S. Samant Quantification of Frankiae in Soil

Dr. Dittmar Hahn, Chair
Dr. Jeffrey Dawson
Dr. Mark Paschke
Dr. Michael Forstner
Dr. Bob McLean

College of Science and Engineering -
Aquatic Resources
April 3, 2015
8:00 a.m.
Supple 257
Jerry C. Drake Treasure Houses of the Mind: Public Places as Teachers of History

Dr. Robert F. Reardon, Chair
Dr. Miguel A. Guajardo
Dr. Angela F. Murphy
Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon

College of Education-
Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education
April 2, 2015
2:00 p.m.
ASBS 309
Deborah Hann Geography in The Common Core: Embedded Themes of Space, Place, and Society in Children’s Literature

Dr. Ronald Hagelman, Chair
Dr. Injeong Jo
Dr. Colleen Hiner
Dr. Teya Rosenberg

College of Liberal Arts -
Geographic Education
April 1, 2015
1:00 p.m.
ELA 344
Benjamin Jimenez A Phenomenological Study of Adult Learners' Experiences with the Portfolio Form of Prior Learning Assessment

Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon, Chair
Dr. Joellen E. Coryell
Dr. Susan C. Gunn
Dr. Emily M. Payne

College of Education -
Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education
March 30, 2015
1:00 p.m.
ASBS 309
Sydney Granger Developing Professionals:  Graduate Teaching Assistant and Tutor Preparation at Hispanic Serving Institutions

Dr. Eric Paulson, Co-Chair
Dr. Emily Miller Payne, Co-Chair
Dr. Emily Summers
Dr. Becky Jackson

College of Education -
Education - Developmental Education
March 26, 2015
3:00 p.m.
ED 4040
Elizabeth Ann Salazar Garcia Courageous Feats:  Stories of Ontology, Pláticas, and Pedagogy

Dr. Miguel Guajardo, Chair
Dr. Mike Boone
Dr. Steve Gordon
Dr. Leticia Romero Grimaldo

College of Education -
Education - School Improvement
March 23, 2015
1:00 p.m.
ASBS 309
Adam Duarte Population Dynamics and Habitat Conservation for the Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia)

Dr. Floyd (Butch) Weckerly, Chair
Dr. Jeff S. Hatfield
Dr. M. Clay Green
Dr. Michael R. J. Forstner
Dr. James Nichols

College of Science and Engineering -
Aquatic Resources
March 13, 2015
2:00 p.m.
SUP 116
Lisa L. Kirkpatrick Elders in Assisted Living:  Excavating Hospitality From Within

Dr. Michael P. O’Malley, Chair
Dr. Robert F. Reardon
Dr. Joellen E. Coryell
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk

College of Education -
Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education
March 12, 2015
2:00 p.m.
ASBS 309
Gerald Redwine Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM) In An African American Subculture:  Grounded Theory of Afro-Theistic Faith, Knowledge, and Afro-Theistic Social Constructs Dr. Steven Furney, Chair
Dr. Clarena Larrotta
Dr. John A. Oliver
Dr. Rodney Rohde

College of Education -
Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education

March 2, 2015
9:00 a.m.
ASBS 309
Rachel Solis Teachers’ Experiences of Learning Through a Reflective Inquiry Process Focused On The Relationship Between Teaching Beliefs and Behaviors Dr. Steven Gordon, Chair
Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon
Dr. Jennifer Jacobs
Dr. Marla McGhee
College of Education -
Education - School Improvement
February 23, 2015
8:00 a.m.
ASBS 309
Oleksandra Sehin The Impact of International Graduate
Students on Measuring and Assessing Internationalization Efforts

Dr. Joellen E. Coryell, Chair
Dr. Ann Brooks
Dr. Clarena Larrota
Dr. Sandhya Rao

College of Education -
Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education
February 13, 2015
1:00 p.m.
ASBS 309
Lynn Taylor Educational Change and Downsizing
in the Aftermath: The Impact On Survivors’ Commitment and Personal Professional Development
Dr. Steven Furney, Chair
Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon
Dr. Joellen E. Coryell
Dr. Patricia Guerra
College of Education -
Education - Adult, Professional, and
Community Education
February 12, 2015
11:00 a.m.
Jowers A115
Mary Curtis Analyzing the Diffusion of Geospatial
Technologies as an Instructional
Technology in High School Geography
Education
Dr. Richard Boehm, Chair
Dr. Richard Dixon
Dr. Denise Blanchard
Dr. Andrew Milson, History,
University of Texas - Arlington
College of Liberal Arts -
Geographic Education
February 12, 2015
10:00 a.m.
ELA 344