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Dissertation Defenses

One of the degree requirements for students in Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs is the final defense of a dissertation. A defense is an oral examination that includes a public presentation of the research, and an examination/evaluation by the faculty (this portion is closed to the public). The table below lists the defenses scheduled for the current semester. The public is invited to attend. Students enrolled in Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs might find it particularly helpful to attend so that they know what to expect during a defense. Dissertation defenses may be held in person or virtually via Zoom or Teams. If a dissertation defense is held virtually, you may contact the department for link and log-in information.

Summer 2022

Student Name Title of Dissertation Committee College/Program Date, Time, Location
Abbie Salcedo Addressing Racial Workplace Injustice: A Phenomenological Comparative Study Between the Perspectives of African American and White Women with Full Professorships Dr. Jeremy Bohonos, Chair
Dr. Jasmine Austin
Dr. Joellen Coryell
Dr. Miguel Guajardo
Dr. Melissa Martinez
College of Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education July 13, 2022
8 a.m.
Online (Zoom)
Thu Ya Aung Policy Trajectories in Myanmar’s Education Reform and the Relationship Between Policymakers and Policy Actors Dr. Rolf Straubhaar, Chair
Dr. Khalid Arar
Dr. James Koschoreck
Dr. Melissa Martinez
College of Education - School Improvement July 8, 2022
8 a.m.
Online (Zoom)
Esther Renée Bocanegra El Jardín For Latina Scholars: Cultivating, Nurturing, And Sustaining Pedagogical Spaces For Identity Formation And Community Building Dr. Miguel Guajardo, Chair
Dr. Melissa Martinez
Dr. Leticia Grimaldo
Dr. Bergeron Harris
College of Education - School Improvement

July 6, 2022
2 p.m.
Online (Zoom)

Elizabeth Lambert Mathematicians as Professors: Narrative Accounts of Their Teaching Experiences and Conceptions of Teaching Dr. Jessica Bishop, Chair
Dr. Cody Patterson
Dr. Sharon Strickland
Dr. Luz Maldonado Rodriguez
College of Science and Engineering - Mathematics Education

July 5, 2022
4 p.m.
Online (Zoom)

Allison Fernandez The Impact of Parental Incarceration on Adolescent Offending Dr. Shayne Jones, Chair
Dr. Ashley Arnio
Dr. Bob E. Vásquez
Dr. Josh C. Cochran
College of Applied Arts - Criminal Justice July 5, 2022
10 a.m.
Online (Zoom)
Andrei Kushkin Cognitively Congruent Color Palette for Emotional Mapping Dr. Alberto Giordano, Chair
Dr. Injeong Jo
Dr. Eric Sarmiento
Dr. Amy Griffin
College of Liberal Arts - Geographic Information Science

July 1, 2022
7 a.m.
Online (Zoom)

Keshav Bhandari Motion and Activity Understanding in 360-degree Videos: An Egocentric Perspective Dr. Yan Yan , Co-Chair
Dr. Ziliang Zong , Co-Chair
Anne Hee Hiong Ngu
Dr. Lawrence V Fulton
Science and Engineering - Computer Science

June 29, 2022
2 p.m.
Comal Building, Room 2012

Chayanika Singh Examining Spatial Relationship Between Housing Environments and Physical Functioning of Older Americans Dr. Yongmei Lu, Chair
Dr. Ben Zhan
Dr. Eric Sarmiento
Dr. Xi Pan
College of Liberal Arts - Geographic Information Science

June 20, 2022
2 p.m.
ELA 344

Sabrina Perez Preservice Teachers’ Journey Towards Cultural Competence Dr. Rolf J. Straubhaar, Chair
Dr. Miguel Guarjardo
Dr. Minda López
Dr. Melissa Martinez
College of Education - School Improvement

June 17, 2022
2 p.m.
Online (Zoom)

Jesus Salvador Adame Solorio Ruthenium-Chromium Oxide Aerogels Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalysts: Structure, Activity, and Stability Dr. Christopher Rhodes, Chair
Dr. Benjamin Martin
Dr. Todd Hudnall
Dr. Chang Ji
Dr. Craig Hanks
College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization

June 16, 2022
9 a.m.
Online (Zoom)

Joel Denney The Legitimacy of Police and Courts Around the World Dr. Mark C. Stafford, Chair
Dr. Bob Vasquez
Dr. Christine Sellers
Dr. Justice Tankebe
College of Applied Arts - Criminal Justice

June 8, 2022
10 a.m.
Hines 104

Md Abdul Ahad Talukder Growth and Characterization of b-(InxGa1-x)2O3, NiO and their Heterostructures

Dr. Ravi Droopad, Co-Chair
Dr. Ariful Haque, Co-Chair
Dr. Wilhelmus Geerts
Dr. Maggie Chen
Dr. Clois Powell

College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization

June 7, 2022
12 p.m.
Online (Zoom)

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  • Student Name Title of Dissertation Committee College/Program Date, Time, Location
    Jueqiang Tao Three-Dimensional Segmentation of Air-Void System in Hardened Concrete Using Photometric Stereo and Artificial Intelligence Methods

    Dr. Feng Wang, Chair
    Dr. Anthony Torres
    Dr. Byron Gao
    Dr. Xijun Shi
    Dr. Yaxiong Huang

    Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization

    May 13, 2022
    1 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information

    Kimberly Thornton Black American Family Life Histories: An Ethnographic Study Dr. Clarena Larrotta, Chair
    Dr. Joellen E. Coryell
    Dr. James W. Koschoreck
    Dr. Melissa A. Martinez
    College of Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education

    April 15, 2022
    10 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information

    John Klier Improving Land Cover Classification Using Texture Patterns Derived from Mirco-scale Digital Elevation Models Dr. Nathan Currit, Chair
    Dr. Jennifer Jensen
    Dr. Richard Earl
    Dr. Justin Williams
    College of Liberal Arts - Geographic Information Science

    April 15, 2022
    10 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information

    Allen Weeks Cross-Sector Partnerships in Community Schools Dr. James W. Koschoreck, Chair
    Dr. Rolf Straubhaar
    Dr. Jennifer Holme
    Dr. Bergeron Harris
    College of Education - School Improvement

    April 14, 2022
    1 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information

    Nick Henry Organ Donor's Narratives: Transformative Learning During the Organ Donation Consent Process

    Dr. Joellen Coryell
    Dr. Lisa Baumgartner
    Dr. Joseph Nespral
    Dr. Rodney Rohde

    College of Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education

    April 14, 2022
    1 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information

    HeeJae Chung Business English for International Working Professionals: A Virtual Training Focusing on Intercultural Communication Skills Dr. Clarena Larrotta, Chair
    Dr. Jan Adversario
    Dr. Jeremy W. Bohonos
    Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon
    College of Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education

    April 14, 2022
    10 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information

    Yasmin Turk Inside the Mind of the Local Ecotourist: Do Environmental Attitudes and Actions Align? Dr. Osvaldo Muniz, Chair
    Dr. Sarah Blue
    Dr. Ronald Hagelman III
    Dr. Michael Hirsch
    College of Liberal Arts - Environmental Geography April 13, 2022
    9 a.m.
    ELA 344
    Callie Shaw An Exploration of the Effect of Oil and Gas Activity on Crime Rates in Texas

    Dr. Donna M. Vandiver, Chair
    Dr. Christine Sellers
    Dr. Ashley N. Arnio
    Dr. Rick Ruddell
    Dr. Mitchell B. Chamlin

    College of Applied Arts - Criminal Justice

    April 11, 2022
    8:30 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information

    Aspen Manning Riparian Vegetation Along Ephemeral Streams in Arid and Semi-Arid Environments and Implications for the Clean Water Act Dr. Kimberly Meitzen, Chair
    Dr. Jason Julian
    Dr. Nate Currit
    Dr. Lindsay Reynolds
    College of Liberal Arts - Geography

    April 6, 2022
    11 a.m.
    ELA 344

    Joyce Chapa Walking the "Talk"?: The Connections Between a Culturally Responsive School Leader's Beliefs and Actions and Opportunity Gaps for Latinx Students Dr. Patricia L. Guerra, Chair
    Dr. Jesse Gainer
    Dr. Leticia Grimaldo
    Dr. Bergeron Harris
    College of Education - School Improvement

    March 30, 2022
    1 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information

    Anupam K.C. Diamond Seeding Process for the Heterogeneous Integration of High-Quality Diamond on Semiconductors Dr. Edwin Piner, Co-Chair
    Dr. Mark Holtz, Co-Chair
    Dr. Yoichi Miyahara
    Dr. Casey Smith
    Mr. Christopher Engdahl
    College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization

    March 25, 2022
    2 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information

    Coby Self A Study of the Longevity Factors of Mid-Career White Female Teachers in Suburban Title One Public Elementary Schools Dr. Patricia L. Guerra, Chair
    Dr. Bergeron Harris
    Dr. Steven Gordon
    Dr. Joellen Coryell
    College of Education - School Improvement

    March 21, 2022
    1 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information

    Brad Everman Improving Carbon, Cost, and Energy Efficiency of Large Scale Systems via Workload Analysis Dr. Ziliang Zong, Chair
    Dr. Apan Qasem
    Dr. Bryon Gao
    Dr. Damian Valles
    College of Science and Engineering - Computer Science

    March 9, 2022
    4:30 p.m.
    Comal 212 and Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information

    Dane Atkins Mapping Bicycle Level of Science Dr. Osvaldo Muniz, Chair
    Dr. Jennifer Devine
    Dr. T. Edwin Chow
    Dr. Feng Wang
    College of Liberal Arts - Geography

    March 7, 2022
    4 p.m.
    ELA 344

    Daniel Reinhard A Varied Spatial and Temporal Examination of Vacation Home Rentals and Crime Dr. Mark C. Stafford, Chair
    Dr. Bob E. Vásquez
    Dr. Ashley N. Hewitt
    Dr. Troy C. Payne
    College of Applied Arts - Criminal Justice

    February 25, 2022
    11 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information

  • Student Name Title of Dissertation Committee College/Program Date, Time, Location
    Mohammad Shamim Reza Direct Bandgap Germanium for Active Silicon Photonics Applications Dr. Mark Wistey, Chair
    Dr. Mark Holtz
    Dr. Edwin Piner
    Dr. Wilhelmus Geerts
    Dr. William Chittenden
    College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization

    December 16, 2021
    10 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information

    Felix Villarreal The Experience of Biology Instructors at Community College with the Inverted Classroom: A Phenomenology Study Dr. Joellen Coryell, Chair
    Dr. Clarena Larrotta
    Dr. Michael O'Malley
    Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon
    College of Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education

    November 29, 2021
    3:30 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information

    Sara L. Torres

    "They Don't Like Me, They Tolerate Me"

    Tres Maestras Narrate The Public School Experience in a Rural Texas Community

    An Auto-Ethnographic Study

    Dr. Miguel A. Guajardo, Chair
    Dr. James W. Koschoreck
    Dr. Bergeron Harris
    Dr. Monica Valadez
    College of Education - School Improvement

    November 11, 2021
    3 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact CLAS Dept for Zoom Link

    Zaid Almusaied Design and Development of Hybrid Hydrophilic-Superhydrophobic Surfaces to Improve the Productivity of Atmospheric Water Harvesting Dr. Bahram Asiabonour, Chair
    Dr. Jennifer Irvin
    Dr. Tania Betancourt
    Dr. Yihong Chen
    Dr. William Chittenden
    College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization

    November 10, 2021
    11 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information

    Meredith M. Roddy Liderazgo: Principals Enacting Language Policy Dr. Melissa A. Martinez, Chair
    Dr. Rolf J. Straubhaar
    Dr. Barry J. Aidman
    Dr. Kiyomi Sanchez Suzuki Colegrove
    College of Education - School Improvement

    November 8, 2021
    1 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact CLAS Dept for Zoom Link

    Jessica C. Enyioha Examining the Professional Development Experiences and Roles of High School College Advisors Assisting Underserved Students Dr. Melissa A. Martinez, Chair
    Dr. Barry Aidman
    Dr. Paige Haber-Curran
    Dr. Clarena Larrotta
    College of Education - School Improvement

    November 8, 2021
    10 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact CLAS Dept for Zoom Link

    Cindy Peña

    Nuestras Experiencias, Our Experiences: Testimonios of Mexicanas in the US

    Dr. Ann K. Brooks, Chair
    Dr. Patricia L. Guerra. Co-Chair
    Dr. Robert F. Reardon
    Dr. Lilliana P. Saldaña

    College of Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education

    November 5, 2021
    3 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information

    Floyd Berry Individual Protective Factors Associated With Bullying Victimization

    Dr. Mark C. Stafford, Chair
    Dr. Bobby Vasquez
    Dr. Jay D. Jamieson
    Dr. Lester Kurtz

    College of Applied Arts - Criminal Justice

    November 5, 2021
    8 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information.

    Yvonne De La Rosa

    Ahora Puedo Respirar

    Now I Can Breathe

    Dr. Miguel A. Guajardo, Chair
    Dr. Ann Brooks
    Dr. Jeremy Bohonos
    Dr. Monica Valadez
    College of Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education

    November 4, 2021
    3:30 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and log-in information.

    Cynthia M. Martinez The Power of Latino Families: An Examination of the Role of Latino Parents in their Daughters' Journey to College

    Dr. Patricia L. Guerra, Chair
    Dr. Melissa A. Martinez, Co-Chair
    Dr. Stephen Gordon
    Dr. Clarena Larrotta

    College of Education - School Improvement

    November 2, 2021
    10 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact CLAS Dept for Zoom Link

    Denise Guckert The Texas Success Initiative Assessment and the Tests of Adult Basic Education: A Comparison of Student Performance and Placement Dr. Russell Hodges, Chair
    Dr. Taylor Acee
    Dr. Eric Paulson
    Dr. Robert Reardon
    College of Education - Developmental Education

    October 29, 2021
    1 p.m.
    ASBN 408


    Zoom link available, please contact Dena Guerrero at d_g322@txstate.edu

    Samuel M. Parrott Teacher-Student Interpersonal Relationships: A Narrative Inquiry Study of the Characteristics of Educational Relationships in a Secondary School in Rural Texas Dr. Duncan Waite, Chair
    Dr. Barry Aidman
    Dr. Rolf Straubhaar
    Dr. Bergeron Harris
    College of Education - School Improvement

    October 29, 2021
    10 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact CLAS Dept for Zoom Link

    Ann Marie Cotman A Critical Content Analysis of the School Resource Officer Training Text in Texas

    Dr. Melissa A. Martinez, Chair
    Dr. Patricia L. Guerra
    Dr. Jeremy W. Bohonos
    Dr. Scott W. Bowman

    College of Education - School Improvement

    October 26, 2021
    1 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact CLAS Dept for Zoom Link

    Tanya Alyson Long Social Justice in Leadership Preparation: A Poststructural Exploration of a Concept from Within Liminal Spaces

    Dr. Michael P. O'Malley, Chair
    Dr. Joellen E. Coryell
    Dr. Stephen P. Gordon
    Dr. James W. Koschoreck
    Dr. Maria Teresa Rojas Fabris

    College of Education - School Improvement

    October 20, 2021
    10 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact CLAS Dept for Zoom Link

    Christie Lawson Undergraduate Latina/o/x Student Motivation: Moderating Influences of Cultural Capital on STEM Persistence at a Hispanic-Serving Institution Dr. Carlton Fong, Chair
    Dr. Taylor Acee
    Dr. Eric Paulson
    Dr. Erin Doran
    College of Education - Developmental Education

    October 15, 2021
    1 p.m.
    ASBN 450A


    Zoom link available, please contact Dena Guerrero at d_g322@txstate.edu

  • Student Name Title of Dissertation Committee College/Program Date, Time, Location
    Raul Cantu In Search of Hope in Latinx Tenure Track and Tenured Faculty in Higher Education Dr. Ann K. Brooks, Chair
    Dr. Melissa A. Martinez
    Dr. Robert F. Reardon
    Dr. Emiliano Gonzalez
    College of Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education

    July 19, 2021
    1 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Damilola Runsewe The Biomedical Application of Conducting Polymers for the Electrochemical Detection of Disease Dr. Jennifer Irvin, Chair
    Dr. Tania Betancourt, Chair
    Dr. Shannon Weigum
    Dr. Cory Holland
    Dr. Jason Cook
    College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization

    July 9, 2021
    12 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Adeniji Adetayo

    Novel Growth of Chemical Vapor Deposited Graphene on Molten Tin Metal Dr. Gary Beall, Chair
    Dr. Christopher Rhodes
    Dr. L. Kevin Lewis
    Dr. Yihong Chen
    Dr. William Chittenden
    College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization

    July 5, 2021
    1:30 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Rony Saha RF Loss Improvement of GaN HEMT on Si Technology Dr. Edwin Piner, Chair
    Dr. Ravi Droopad, Chair
    Dr. Mark Holtz
    Dr. Casey Smith
    Dr. Craig Hanks
    College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization

    July 1, 2021
    2 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Malikah Pitts Harvey Boots2suits: African American Males Transitioning from the Military into the Civilian Private Sector Workplace Dr. Clarena Larrotta, Chair
    Dr. Joellen E. Coryell
    Dr. Bergeron Harris
    Dr. Gerald Redwine
    College of Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education

    June 22, 2021
    10 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Mael Le Noc Towards a Geography of Persecution: The Case of the Arts-Et-Métiers and the Enfants-Rouges Quarters of the Third Arrondissement of Paris, 1940-1944 Dr. Alberto Giordano, Chair
    Dr. Ronald Hagelman III
    Dr. Eric Sarmiento
    Dr. Sarah Gensburger, University of Paris Nanterre
    Dr. Anika Walke, Washington University
    College of Liberal Arts - Geography

    June 25, 2021
    9 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

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

    Sonia Rey Lopez Mader

    Culture Learning in Community: Burmese Refugees and the Meaning of Home Dr. Ann K. Brooks, Chair
    Dr. James W. Koschoreck, Chair
    Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon
    Dr. Robert F. Reardon
    Dr. Arlene Serrano-Ramos
    College of Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education

    May 13, 2021
    1 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Xu Wang

    Development of Novel Mass Spectrometric Methods for Detection and Quantitation of Biorelevant Analytes Dr. Jennifer Irvin, Chair
    Dr. Tania Betancourt
    Dr. Ji Chang
    Dr. William Chittenden
    Dr. William Hoffmann
    College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization

    April 16, 2021
    1 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Shadi Maleki

    Comparative Analysis of Geographic Information Systems-based Urban Planning Indices and Parental Landscape Perceptions Dr. Ronald Hagelman, III, Chair
    Dr. Alberto Giordano
    Dr. Alexander Savelyev
    Dr. Russell Weaver
    Dr. Michael Widener
    College of Liberal Arts - Geographic Information Science

    April 16, 2021
    10 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Mahmuda Monne

    Printed and Flexible Micro-Electro-Mechanical-System (MEMS) Switch for High Frequency Applications Dr. Maggie (Yihong) Chen, Chair
    Dr. Ravi Droopad
    Dr. Mark Wistey
    Dr. Semih Aslan
    Dr. Craig Hanks
    College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization

    April 16, 2021
    9:45 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Zahra Ghaffari

    Assessing the Impact of Green Roofs on the Urban Heat Island Using Satellite Images: A Case Study of Washington D.C. Dr. Nathan Currit, Chair
    Dr. Jennifer Devine
    Dr. Jennifer Jensen
    Dr. Russell Weaver
    College of Liberal Arts - Geographic Information Science

    April 16, 2021
    8 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Christopher Hanson

    The Paradox of Professional Teacher Agency and Accountability in Public Education: Using Autoethnography to Promote Reflexivity in Teachers and Raise Consciousness of Agentic Beliefs and Values Dr. James W. Koschoreck, Chair
    Dr. Bergeron Harris
    Dr. Craig Hanks
    Dr. Rolf Straubhaar

    College of Education - School Improvement

    April 15, 2021
    1 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Michael Duane Hicks

    Describing Students' Analogical Reasoning While Creating Structures by Analogy in Abstract Algebra Dr. Kate Melhuish, Chair
    Dr. Jessica Bishop, Chair
    Dr. Jennifer Czocher
    Dr. Elise Lockwood
    Dr. Maria Acosta
    Dr. Kristen Lew

    College of Science and Engineering - Mathematics Education

    April 14, 2021
    9 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Daria Ponstingel

    The Governance of Community Gardens as Commons and Its Role in the Socio-Environmental Outcomes of Gardening in Austin, TX Dr. John Tiefenbacher, Chair
    Dr. Nate Currit
    Dr. Ronald Hagelman, III
    Dr. Russell Weaver, Cornell University
    College of Liberal Arts - Geography

    April 13, 2021
    2:30 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Milad Mohammadalizadehkorde

    Financial and Spatial Analysis to Facilitate Sustainable Energy Investments in Large Public Universities: Toward a More Proper Coupling Between Institutional, Environmental, and Social Systems Dr. Ronald Hagelman, III, Chair
    Dr. Alberto Giordano
    Dr. Edwin Chow
    Dr. Russell Weaver
    Dr. Janet Hale

    College of Liberal Arts - Geographic Information Science

    April 7, 2021
    11 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    John Ponstingel

    The Impact of Social Institutions on Latinx Voting in Texas: A Case Study of Seven Counties Dr. Jennifer Devine, Chair
    Dr. Yongmei Lu
    Dr. Russell Weaver
    Dr. John Frazier
    College of Liberal Arts - Geography

    April 5, 2021
    2 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Emily Warren

    There’s Not Many Times Where People Ask for Your Story”: Toward a More Complete Narrative Reflecting the Experiences of Environmental Professionals of Color Dr. Ronald Hagelman, III, Chair
    Dr. Jennifer Devine
    Dr. Eric Sarmiento
    Dr. Emily Summers

    College of Liberal Arts - Geography

    April 2, 2021
    2 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Abdullatif Alyaqout

    Geo-Analytics of Citizen-Government Interaction: The Integration of Spatial Data Mining, Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), And Geovisualization To Explore Non-emergency Requests in the State of Kuwait Dr. Edwin Chow, Chair
    Dr. Russell Weaver, Chair
    Dr. Nate Currit
    Dr. Willard Fields
    College of Liberal Arts - Geography

    March 30, 2021
    10 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Michael McConnell

    Social Media Professional Development: Options for Community College Developmental Education Adjunct Instructors Dr. Emily Miller Payne, Chair
    Dr. Russell Hodges, Chair
    Dr. Rebecca Jackson
    Dr. Emily Summers

    College of Education - Developmental Education

    March 26, 2021
    1 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Ayodeji Iyanda

    Investigation of Gentrifying Neighborhoods and Residents’ Health in East and Southeast Austin, Texas Dr. Yongmei Lu, Chair
    Dr. Ronald Hagelman, III
    Dr. Ben Zhan
    Dr. Russell Weaver
    Dr. Krista Howard

    College of Liberal Arts - Geographic Information Science

    March 23, 2021
    3:30 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Christina Lopez

    Community Geography, Place Identity, and Environmental Stewardship: What Motivates Volunteerism at Environmental Nonprofit Organizations? Dr. Jason Julian, Chair
    Dr. Yongmei Lu
    Dr. Kimberly Meitzen
    Dr. Russell Weaver

    College of Liberal Arts - Geography

    March 8, 2021
    10 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Fei Sun

    Machine Learning and Weather Analytics for Sizing Variable Generation Systems with Utility-Scale Energy Storage Dr. Tongdan Jin, Chair
    Dr. Zhijie Dong
    Dr. Tahir Ekin
    Dr. Byron J Gao
    Dr. Yijuan Lu
    Dr. Byoung Hee You

    College of Science and Engineering - Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization

    February 26, 2021
    11 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Jason R. Swisher

    Beyond Refuge: A Theoretical Framework for Emancipatory Education of Forcibly-Displaced Youth Dr. Duncan Waite, Chair
    Dr. James W. Koschoreck
    Dr. Rolf J. Straubhaar
    Dr. Nathern Okilwa

    College of Education - School Improvement

    February 22, 2021
    10 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

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

    Christian Nanry

    Relationship of Higher Education and Law Enforcement Performance Dr. Robert F. Reardon, Chair
    Dr. Larry C. Price, Chair
    Dr. Joellen E. Coryell
    Dr. Lance C. Villers

    College of Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education

    December 1, 2020
    12 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact Kassi Redwine at kr1352@txstate.edu for link and login information.

    Rosemary Riggs

    Teachers as Researchers: A Quantitative Study of a Research-Focused Professional Development Program on Teacher Professional Agency Dr. Robert F. Reardon, Chair
    Dr. Joellen Coryell, Chair
    Dr. Emily Summers
    Dr. Carmen Fies

    College of Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education

    November 2, 2020
    9 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact Kassi Redwine at kr1352@txstate.edu for link and login information.

    Denaé A. Lawson

    The Relationship Between Socioeconomic Status and Academic Achievement in North Texas Affluent Schools Dr. Robert F. Reardon, Chair
    Dr. James W. Koschoreck, Chair
    Dr. Melissa A. Martinez
    Dr. Barry J. Aidman
    Sandra J. Moore

    College of Education - School Improvement

    October 23, 2020
    12 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Sierra Sullivan

    For This We’ll Defend: Military Connected Competency Training and University Faculty Experiences Teaching Student Veterans Dr. Clarena Larrotta, Chair
    Dr. Joellen E. Coryell
    Dr. Miguel A. Guajardo
    Dr. James W. Koschoreck

    College of Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education

    October 19, 2020
    10 a.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact Kassi Redwine at kr1352@txstate.edu for link and login information.

    Brittany Davis

    "A Second Home": Peer Mentor Circles for International Graduate Students to Ease Transitions and Foster Sense of Belonging Dr. Joellen Coryell, Chair
    Dr. Ann Brooks
    Dr. Clarena Larrotta
    Dr. Eric Paulson

    College of Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education

    October 15, 2020
    3 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact Kassi Redwine at kr1352@txstate.edu for link and login information.

    Claudia Santamaria

    Family Voices in Two-Way Dual Language Education Dr. Melissa Martinez, Chair
    Dr. Bergeron Harris
    Dr. Minda Lopez
    Dr. Michael O’Malley

    College of Education - School Improvement

    September 28, 2020
    1 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact department for link and login information.

    Amarilis Castillo

    Through the Reading Lens: A Case Study Exploration of the Transfer Aspirations of Latina Community College Students Enrolled in Developmental Literacy Coursework Dr. Sonya Armstrong, Chair
    Dr. Jodi Holschuh
    Dr. Mary Esther Huerta
    Dr. Rebecca Jackson
    Dr. Emily Suh

    College of Education - Developmental Education

    August 28, 2020
    12 p.m.
    Online (Zoom)


    Contact Dena Guerrero at d_g322@txstate.edu  for link and login information.