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Summer 2017

Student Name Title of Dissertation Committee College/Program Date, Time, Location
Matthew Milholland Ecological Factors of Rodent Assemblage Structure Affecting Hantavirus Prevalence at Varying Spatial Scales Dr. Ivan Castro Arellano, Chair
Dr. Joe Veech
Dr. Rodney Rohde
Dr. Tom Lee
Dr. Gerardo Suzan
College of Education - Science and Engineering June 5, 2017
9:00 a.m.
SUP 153

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Spring 2017

Student Name Title of Dissertation Committee College/Program Date, Time, Location
Erin Scanlon Introductory Physics Students’ Physics and Mathematics Epistemologies Dr. Jodi Holschuh, Chair
Dr. Taylor Acee
Dr. Eleanor Close
Dr. Emily Summers
College of Education - Developmental Education May 25, 2017
1:00 p.m.
ASBN 408
Sharlotte Carey The Meaning of Reflective Teaching to National Board Certified Teachers Dr. Steve P Gordon, Chair
Dr. John Beck
Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon
Dr. Robert Reardon
College of Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education April 10, 2017
10:00 a.m.
ASBS 309
Md Shafiqur Rahman Integration of Multi-Functional Oxide Thin Film Heterostructures with III-V Semiconductors Dr. Ravi Droopad, Chair
Dr. R.K. Pandey
Dr. Clois Powell
Dr. Maggie Chen
Dr. Tom Zirkle
College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization April 7, 2017
10:00 a.m.
RFM 5216
Samuel Garcia Jr. Cultivating Leadership for School and Community Change: A Case Study of Theory, Research and Practice Dr. Miguel A Guajardo, Chair
Dr. Melissa A. Martinez
Dr. Marialena D. Rivera
Dr. Francisco J. Guajardo
College of Education - School Improvement April 3, 2017
2:00 p.m.
ASBS 309
John Wamsley Spatial and Temporal Changes in Reptile and Amphibian Population in a Suburban Greenbelt in Williamson County, Texas Dr. David R. Butler, Chair
Dr. Richard Dixon
Dr. Kimberly Meitzen
Dr. Timothy Bonner, Biology
College of Liberal Arts - Environmental Geography April 3, 2017
12:00 p.m.
ELA 344
Mark Riggs Novel Humic Acid Derivatives Dr. Gary Beall, Chair
Dr. Jennifer Irvin
Dr. Clois Powell
Dr. Christopher Rhodes
Dr. William Chittenden
College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization April 3, 2017
11:00 a.m.
CENT 331
Alexander Rasche Is Tutoring Teaching? Exploring Tutoring's Potential to Improve Mathematics Teacher Education Dr. M. Alejandra Sorto, Chair
Dr. Sharon Strickland
Dr. Samuel Obara
Dr. Michael Sweet
College of Science and Engineering - Mathematics Education March 31, 2017
10:00 a.m.
DERR 240
Tamara Biegas Adolescent Overweight and Obesity: A Geographic Inquiry Dr. Yongmei Lu, Chair
Dr. Ben Zhan
Dr. Richard Dixon
Dr. Karen Meaney
College of Liberal Arts - Geographic Information Science March 30, 2017
2:30 p.m.
ELA 384
Sara Butler The Principal's Roles in Building Capacity for Change Dr. Stephen P. Gordon, Chair
Dr. Michael Boone
Dr. Michael P. O’Malley
Dr. Robert F. Reardon
College of Education - School Improvement March 29, 2017
10:00 a.m.
ASBS 309
Paul Zunkel The Sensation-Seeking and Motivational Dimensions of Storm Chasers Dr. Richard Dixon, Chair
Dr. David Butler
Dr. Tom Ballinger
Dr. Todd Moore, Towson University
College of Liberal Arts - Geography March 27, 2017
12:30 p.m.
ELA 344
Abbas Fahami Mechanochemical Activation of Synthetic Nano Sized 2-D Layered Materials: Preparation and Characterization Dr. Gary W. Beall
Dr. Christopher P. Rhodes
Dr. Clois E. Powell
Dr. William Chittenden
College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization March 23, 2017
3:00 p.m.
CENT 331
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
College of Applied Arts - Criminal Justice March 9, 2017
3:30 p.m.
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
College of Education, Adult, Professional, and Community Education March 7, 2017
1:00 p.m.
ASBS 309
Jose Michael Gonzales A Narrative Exploratory Study of Migrant Farm Workers: A Multi Case Study of Four Educational Achievers Dr. Steven Furney, Chair
Dr. Thomas E. Billimek
Dr. Melissa Martinez
Dr. Robert Reardon
College of Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education March 1, 2017
2:00 p.m.
JOW A115
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
College of Liberal Arts - Environmental Geography March 1, 2017
11:30 a.m.
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
College of Science and Engineering - Mathematics Education February 10, 2017
9:00 a.m.
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
College of Liberal Arts - Geographic Information Science February 3, 2017
10:00 a.m.
ELA 344

Fall 2016

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

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