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Dissertation Announcements

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To request an invitation to attend a dissertation presentation via Skype, please contact the College of Education's graduate support staff. Please include the date and time of the presentation in your email.

Upcoming Presentations

Nanette Montes

Dissertation Defense Presentation to Doctoral Committee

Title: An Analysis of the Performance of Secondary Students with Students Identified With Learning Disabilities on STAAR EOC Accommodated and STAAR EOC Modified

Date: June 17th, 2019

Time and Location: 10:00 a.m., EDUC 167

Committee: Dr. Robin Lock (co-chair), Dr. Mellinee Lesley (co-chair), Dr. Donna Brown

Cesar Riojas

Dissertation Proposal Defense Presentation to Doctoral Committee

Title: Searching for Security: A Narrative Inquiry of the Politics and Dehumanization of Daily Border Crossers

Date: June 19th, 2019

Time and Location: 1:00 p.m., via Zoom

Committee: Julie Smit (Chair), Rene Saldana, Jeong Hee Kim

Nancy Ruiz-Parker

Dissertation Proposal Defense Presentation to Doctoral Committee

Title: Using Professional Learning Communities to Effectively Implement Response to Intervention

Date: June 19th, 2019

Time and Location: 5:15 p.m., EDUC 167

Committee: Dr. Irma Almager (chair), Dr. Fernando Valle, Dr. Shelly Bratcher, Dr. Julie Smit

Debbie DeRoma

Dissertation Proposal Presentation to Doctoral Committee

Title: Interpreting motivational challenges in the science classroom: Understanding the relationship between preservice teachers' beliefs, attributions, and practices

Date: June 11th, 2019

Time and Location: 11:00 a.m., via Zoom

Committee: Dr. Walter Smith (chair), Dr. Jessica Gottlieb, Dr. Anna Woodcock

Tala Karkar Esperat

Dissertation Defense Presentation to Doctoral Committee

Title: Assessing Preservice Teachers' Knowledge of New Literacies

Date: June 14th, 2019

Time and Location: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., EDUC 167

Committee: Dr. Patriann Smith (chair), Dr. Jaehoon Lee, Dr. Aaron Zimmerman

Saja Alnaser

Master's Defense Hearing to Thesis Committee

Title: Effective Strategies for Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Elementary students in Jordan

Date: June 21st, 2019

Time and Location: 3:00-4:30 p.m., EDUC 167

Committee: Dr. Faith Maina (Chair), Dr. Barbara Morgan-Fleming, Dr. Greta Gorsuch

Elaine Ramzinski

Dissertation Defense Presentation to Doctoral Committee

Title: Texas Miracle on Whose Account?: An Oral History of Texas Retired Veteran Teachers on Accountability

Date: June 24th, 2019

Time and Location: 4:00-6:00 p.m., EDUC 203

Committee: Dr. Jeong-Hee Kim (Chair), Dr. Faith Maina, Dr. Carol Lindquist

John Ramos

Dissertation Defense Presentation to Doctoral Committee

Title: Spirituality in the Public Domain: Rethinking Educational Leadership through the Lives of Public School District Administrators

Date: June 24th, 2019

Time and Location: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, EDUC 203

Committee: Dr. Jeong-Hee Kim (Chair), Dr. Peggie Price, Dr. Fernando Valle

Elizabeth Ann Kirman

Dissertation Defense Presentation to Doctoral Committee

Title: A Quantitative Study Examining the Roles of Country Designation, Grit, Interest, and Effort in the Performance of Eighth-Grade Students on the Trends in Mathematics and Science Study International Assessment

Date: June 24th, 2019

Time and Location: 6:00 a.m. via Zoom

Committee: Dr. Walter S. Smith (chair), Dr. Christine Royce, Dr. Jian Wang, Dr. Jongpil Cheon (Dean's Representative)

Sarah Schwintz

Dissertation Defense Presentation to Doctoral Committee

Title: The Correlation between Financial Support and College Student Attrition: A Quantitative Study

Date: June 24th, 2019

Time and Location: 11:00 a.m., EDUC 167

Committee: Dr. Jon Mcnaughtan (chair), Dr. Dave Louis, Dr. Patrick Hughes

David S. Farmer, Jr., B.A., M.A.

Dissertation Defense Presentation to Doctoral Committee

Title: Post-9/11 GI Bill Student Veteran Perceptions of Nonfinancial Services and Resources for Successful Transition from the Military to Postsecondary Education

Date: June 24th, 2019

Time and Location: 1:00 p.m., EDUC 152

Committee: Dr. Stephanie J. Jones (Chair), Dr. Jon McNaughtan, Dr. Richard E. Swanson

Pablo Quezada

Dissertation Proposal Presentation to Doctoral Committee

Title: Assessing physical activity behaviors in students attending a Historically Black College/University

Date: June 28th, 2019

Time and Location: 9:00-11:00 a.m., via Zoom

Committee: Dr. Shirley M. Matteson (chair), Dr. Melanie A. Hart, Dr. Carlos M. Cervantes