Skip to Content

Dissertation Defenses

Fall 2018 

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

Md Niaz Morshed

Childhood Cancer Disparities in Texas

Dr. Ben Zhan, chair
Dr. Russell Weaver
Dr. Ronald Hagelman
Dr. Li Zhu

College of
Liberal Arts –Geographic Information Science

Dec 12, 2018
9 a.m.
ELA 344

He Jin

Examining the Geography of Food Deserts and Food Swamps in Austin, Texas

Dr. Yongmei Lu, chair
Dr. Ben Zhan
Dr. Russell Weaver
Dr. Tonny Oyana
Dr. Lesli Biediger-Friedman

College of
Liberal Arts –Geographic Information Science

Dec 11, 2018
9 a.m.
ELA 344

Son Young Kim

An Integrative Approach to the Ecology and Evolution of Alternative Reproductive Tactics in Male Sailfin Mollies, Poecilia Latipinna

Dr. Caitlin Gabor, chair
Dr. Andrea Aspbury
Dr. Chris Nice
Dr. Ryan Earley
Dr. Felix Breden

College of
Science and Engineering –Aquatic Resources and Integrative Biology

Nov 13, 2018
2 p.m.
Ingram Hall 03203

Joann Zadrozny

An Analysis of the Alignment between National and State Geography Standards

Dr. Richard Boehm, chair
Dr. Denise Blanchard
Dr. Richard Dixon
Dr. Emily Payne
College of Liberal Arts – Geographic Education Nov 12, 2018
10:30 a.m.
ELA 344

Michele L. Crawford

An Analysis of the Effects of Photosynthetically Active Radiation and Recreation Induced Turbidity in the San Marcos River on the Vegetative Growth of Texas Wild Rice (Zizania texana Hitchc.)

Dr. Thomas B. Hardy, chair
Dr. Tina M. Cade
Dr. Robert D. Doyle
Dr. David E. Lemke
Dr. Weston H. Nowlin
Dr. Paula S. Williamson
College of Science and Engineering – Aquatic Resources and Integrative Biology Nov 6, 2018
8:30 a.m.
FAB 130

Devanda Lek

A Study of Micro-Mechanical Punching of Through-Holes for the Interconnection of Polymer Microfluidic Devices

Dr. Byoung Hee You, chair
Dr. Namwon Kim
Dr. Yoo Jae Kim
Dr. In-Hyouk Song
Dr.Vedaraman Sriraman 
College of Science and Engineering – Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Nov 2, 2018
3 p.m.
RFM 2243

Andrew Minor Baker

Patterns and Predictors of Emerging School Leaders: An Examination of Factors Impacting Initial Principalship Job Attainment

Dr. Patricia Guerra, co-chair
Dr. Larry Price, co-chair
Dr. James W. Koschoreck
Dr. Bergeron Harris
College of Education – School Improvement Nov 2, 2018
12:30 p.m.
ASBS 309

Juan Jacinto Hernandez

We Carve the River by Propelling: An Intergenerational Narrative on the Influence of Texas Bilingual Policy on the Lives and Practices of Three Mexican-American Educators

Dr. Miguel A. Guajardo, chair
Dr. Clarena Larrotta
Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dr. Francisco F. Guajardo
College of Education – School Improvement Oct 31, 2018
2 p.m.
ASBS 309

Travis Mutscher

Principals Living Restorative Practices: A Journey of Hope, Passion, and Justice

Dr. Miguel A. Guajardo, chair
Dr. Clarena Larrotta
Dr. Bergeron Harris
Dr. Hilary Lustick
College of Education – School Improvement Oct 31, 2018
11 a.m.
ASBS 309

Peter Price

Deep in the Heart of Texas: An Examination of the Social and Emotional Learning Programs and Practices in the 
Lone Star State’s Public School Districts

Dr. Barry Aidman, chair
Dr. Michael P. O'Malley
Dr. Bergeron Harris
Dr. Denise Collier
College of Education – School Improvement Oct 29, 2018
1 p.m.
ASBS 309

Leo Colegio

School Micropolitics: Understanding and Preparing for Common Micropolitical Challenges that Novice Principals Encounter in K-12 Schools

Dr. Michael P. O'Malley, chair
Dr. Barry Aidman
Dr. Joellen Coryell
Dr. Clarena Larrotta
College of Education – School Improvement Oct 29, 2018
10 a.m.
ASBS 309

Katherine Bell

The Genomics of Speciation

Dr. Chris Nice, chair
Dr. Noland Martin
Dr. Jim Ott
Dr. Jim Fordyce 
Dr. Darrin C. Hulsey
College of Science and Engineering – Aquatic Resources Oct 29, 2018
9 a.m.
SUP 153

Shannon Luis

I Have a Voice So Listen: Principal Perception of the Texas Accountability Intervention System (TAIS)

Dr. Melissa Martinez, chair
Dr. Carol Harle
Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dr. Barry Aidman
College of Education – School Improvement Oct 22, 2018
4 p.m.
ASBS 309

David Rubalcaba

Career Change: A Phenomenological Study of Former Military Members and Their Transition Into Teaching

Dr. Stephen Gordon, chair
Dr. John Beck
Dr. Michael Boone
Dr. Michael P. O'Malley
College of Education –School Improvement Oct 18, 2018
1 p.m.
ASBS 309

John Lowney

Illuminating the Faculty and Staff of Color Voice Through Their Lived Experiences: Contextualizing Mentoring & Resilience

Dr. Melissa Martinez, chair
Dr. Robert Reardon
Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon
Dr. Arlene Serrano-Ramos
College of Education – Adult, Professional, and Community Education Sept 26, 2018
2 p.m.
ASBS 309

Karen Miller-Kopp

The Professional Development of Successful Principals:
Adult Learning and Leading

Dr. Joellen Coryell, co-chair
Dr. Steve Gordon, co-chair
Dr. Michael Boone
Dr. Michael P. O'Malley
College of Education – School Improvement Sept 17, 2018
2 p.m.
ASBS 332

Brett Lee

Financing Public Education Via Crowdfunding: 
K-12 Teachers as Social Entrepreneurs

Dr. Steve Gordon, co-chair
Dr. Larry Price, co-chair
Dr. Shetay Ashford
Dr. Hilary Lustick
College of Education – School Improvement Sept 5, 2018
1 p.m.
ED 4040

Previous Defenses

Expand or Collapse all.