Completed Sl Dissertations

We believe that it is important to disseminate the work of our students. To that end, we have listed below our students' completed dissertation studies.


Cohort 13

Bennett, Dawn H.  (2015)  Cognitive Strategy Instruction:  Improving Reading Self-Efficacy and Comprehension of Middle School Students Using Thinking Maps  Advisor:  Dr. Janet Strickland

Birkenfeld, Karen Jenkins  (2015)  Preservice Perceptions:  A K-12/University Partnership  Advisor:  Dr. Julia Chibbaro

Elemen, Jennifer Elaine  (2014)  Opportunities for Student Participation in High School Organizational Leadership Dialogue and Decision-Making and Their Effects on Academic Achievement and Civic Participation  Advisor:  Dr. Matt Varga

Fowler, Jason (Jay)  (2015)  Teacher Racial Congruence with Administrative Teams:  A Qualitative Case Study  Advisor:  Dr. Janet Strickland

Hiett, Christy Jenkins  (2015)  The Importance of School Climate:  An Analysis High-Performing, High-Poverty Schools                       Advisor:  Dr. Michael Keim

Holland, Donald James  (2015)  Perception of Principal Technology Leadership and Student Achievement  Advisor:  Dr. Abbot Packard

Lane, Daniel Tyler  (2015)  Fidelity of Response to Intervention Implementation in Georgia's High Schools  Advisor:  Dr. Diana Mindrilla

Mulkey, Kimberly  (2015)  Educators' Perceptions of the Role of the Instructional Technology Specialist  Advisor:  Dr. Linda Haynes

Osborn, Rachel  (2015)  Teacher and Administrator Perceptions of High Stakes Testing  Advisor:  Dr. Susan Boes

Rich, Steve Anthony  (2015) The Relationship of Student Achievement to Learning Elementary Science Outdoors  Advisor:  Dr. Gail Marshall 

Rosenberg, Marian  (2014)  Supporting Learner-Centered Technology Integration through Situated Mentoring  Advisor:  Dr. Yun-Jo, An 


Cohort 12

Alexander, Amy  (2014)  Neuroscientific Literacy and Implementation of Brain-based Instructional Practices Among Pre-Service Teachers:  A Grounded Theory Study  Advisor:  Dr. Debra Cobia

Berg, Michael  (2014)  Perceptions and Strategies of Administrative Duties of Veteran Special Education Teachers  Advisor:  Dr. Tamra Ogletree

Bishop, Jesse  (2015)  Student Use of Social Networking Sites:  A Multimethod Study at an Access Institution  Advisor:  Dr. Judy Butler

Bryan, Valerie  (2014)  A Qualitative Study Exploring Influences on the Types of Online Instructional Support Provided by High School Librarians  Advisor:  Dr. Barbara Kawulich

Castile, Justin  (2014)  Supervision and Evaluation of K-12 Virtual Teachers:  A National Delphi Study  Advisor:  Dr. Lara Willox

Diener, Ross  (2014)  Principals' Interpretation of Their Internship and Mentoring Process and Its Effects Upon Their Job Performance:  A Phenomenological Study  Advisor:  Dr. Andy Nixon

Eskut, Donna  (2014)  A Study of the Intended Purpose of De-Escalation and Restraint Training in Georgia Public Schools Using the Mindset Method  Advisor:  Dr. Dianne Hoff

Goff, Elizabeth  (2014)  Teacher-Student Relationships:  Characteristics of Teachers Who Engage in Quality Relational Management Practices  Advisor:  Dr. Lara Willox

Huett, Kim C.  (2014)  The Affordances and Limitations of the BYOT Science Environment as a Student-Centered Learning Environment:  A Qualitative Case Study in a Georgia Middle School Classroom  Advisor:  Dr. Dawn Putney

Owens, Abby  (2014)  Response to Intervention:  A Study of Teacher Knowledge and Perception in the Elementary Grades  Advisor:  Dr. Donna Harkins

Roycroft, Elizabeth Anne  (2014)  The Lived Experiences of Online High School Social Studies Teachers Utilizing Project-Based Lessons at a Virtual School  Advisor:  Dr. Judy Butler

Sheppard, Kimberly  (2014)  Qualitative Perceptions of Students, Parents, and Teachers in a Fifth Grade Mathematics Flipped Classroom Model  Advisor:  Dr. Donna Harkins

Synan, Sharon  (2014)  Using Q-Methodology to Explore Educators' Perspectives on Georgia's Statewide Longitudinal Data System  Advisor:  Dr. Barbara Kawulich

Wagner, Amy R.  (2014)  Enhancing Achievement for Students with Autism Through A Video Modeling and Fluency Training Package for Caregivers  Advisor:  Dr. Jessica Bucholz

Williams, Kelly D.  (2015)  Teacher Perceptions of the use of Hip Hop culture, Hip Hop pedagogy, and identify development in an urban elementary school.  Advisor:  Dr. Barbara Kawulich

Wofford, W. Robin  (2014)  Concept Mapping:  A Support Tool in the Transition from a Traditional Face-to-Face Library Media Center to a Flipped Course Design  Advisor:  Dr. Phyllis Snipes



Cohort 11

Gilmore, Kenya  (2015)  Small Group Social Skills Instruction:  The Results of a Tier 3 Intervention Within a School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Program  Advisor:  Dr. Jessica Bucholz

Hargrett, Teresa W.  (2012)  Middle School Teacher Collaboration and Student Achievement Advisor: Dr. Dianne Hoff

Jones, Esther Lee  (2015)  Perceptions of the Affective Needs of Elementary Gifted Students in Georgia  Advisor:  Dr. Lara Willox

Lee, Priscilla  (2014)  The Effect of Peer Tutoring on Motivation and Literacy Achievement when Learning with Informational E-Books  Advisor:  Dr. Linda Haynes

Rossi-Espagnet, Tabatha  (2013)  The Effects of Common Core Georgia Performance Standards on Math Education During the First Year of Implementation  Advisor:  Dr. Lara Willox

Sparks Jr. , Isaac  (2015)  A Case Study of Literacy Coach Activities, Approaches, and Teacher Perceptions  Advisor:  Dr. Lara Willox

Stamper, Jason  (2015)  District Run Online High Schools:  Best Practices and Challenges      Advisor:  Dr. Lara Willox

Cohort 10

Beers, Cynthia  (2014)  The Relationship Between Teacher-Assigned Grades, End-of-Course-Test Scores, and Teacher Grading Practices  Advisor:  Dr. Dianne Hoff

Houston, Melinda  (2015)  A Study of the Perceptions of Knowledge, Skills, and Curriculum in Dual Enrollment and Non-Dual Enrollment High School EUA Classes   Advisor:  Dr. Hema Ramanathan

McKee, Yolonda  (2014)  Implementation of Problem-based Learning as an Instructional Strategy in High School Science Classrooms  Advisor:  Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Raymond, Kristen A.  (2015)  The State of Bring Your Own Technology  Advisor:  Dr. Lara Willox

Sanders, Bre  (2015)  A Study of Teachers' Beliefs and Perceptions of the Implementation of Differentiated Instruction During Flexible Groups & the Characteristics  Advisor:  Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Short, Lynne R.  (2012)  Investigation of the Effects of a Response to Intervention Process on Elementary-Aged Students’ Mathematical Achievement: A Case Study    Advisor: Dr. Dianne Hoff

Simpson, Donna D.  (2015)  What effects does the UWise program for entering college freshmen with intended STEM majors have on the retention rate and GPAs of participating female and male students?  Advisor:  Dr. Gail Marshall

Skinner, Lynn  (2012)  The Relationship of Traditional and Block Scheduling to High School Mathematics Achievement
Advisor: Dr. Andy Nixon

Cohort 9

Cox, Lisa  (2014)  The Effects of Professional Development on Student Metacognition for Special Education Teachers  Advisor:  Dr. Tamra Ogletree

Harrell, Jennifer  (2011)  Comparing Credit Recovery Among Special Education and General Education High School Students Participating in the E2020 Program    Advisor: Dr. Craig Mertler

Hooper, Joann  (2011)  Perceptions of Teachers in Albermarle County (VA) Public Schools on the Five Dimensions of Professional Learning Communities                   Advisor: Dr. Craig Mertler

Hoover, Jania  (2011)  Content Analysis of the Integration of African Topics into World History Curricula in Georgia
Advisor: Dr. Donna Harkins

Kelly, Isaac  (2011)  High School Co-Teachers' Definitions and Perceptions of Successful Co-Teaching: A Study in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas   Advisor: Dr. Craig Mertler

Reuss, Timothy  (2011)  An Investigation of Teachers' Attitudes of Grade Recovery Programs at the Middle School Level
Advisor: Dr. Craig Mertler

Shaw, Robert  (2011)  Georgia Public High School Principals' Understanding of FERPA               Advisor: Dr. Dianne Hoff

von Biberstein, Andrea  (2014)  Exploring the Nature of Teacher Knowledge Through Job-Embedded Peer Coaching  Advisor:  Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Waller, John  (2011)  The Effects of a State Book Distribution Program on Literacy Outcomes of Preschoolers  Advisor: Dr. Tamra Ogletree

Watson, Melanie  (2011)  An After-School tutoring program and its effects on the academic achievement of homeless students
Advisor: Dr. Craig Mertler

Cohort 8

Bohannon, Cyle  (2014)  Searching for Positive Deviants Using Predictive Analytics:  First Year Outcomes and Return for a Second Year of College   Advisor:  Dr. Hema Ramanthan

Broadway, Shuanta  (2011)  Elementary Teacher Perceptions of Response to Intervention (RTI) Intervention Implementation
Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Cuellar, Jose  (2014)  Increasing the Quantity and Quality of Target Language Used in the Foreign Language Classroom using Peer Observation   Advisor:  Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Coleman, Daphne  (2012)  A Study of the Common Characteristics in the Planning of Mathematics Lessons by Effective Teachers of Students in Poverty
Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Dowdy, Kim  (2011)  Technology Integration in Technology Rich Schools: Is it Low Tech or High Tech? Advisor: Dr. Abbot Packard

Doyal, Tracy  (2011)  Teachers' Perceptions of the Understanding of and Engagement in Formative Classroom Assessment
Advisor: Dr. Abbot Packard

Harrison, Jamie  (2010)  Mainstream Teachers' Implicit Beliefs about English Language Learners Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Hayes, Jennifer  (2011)  Collaborative Teams: A Study of Teacher Perceptions About Collaboration Advisor: Dr. Craig Mertler

Legagneur, Francis  (2012)  A Phenomenological study on turnaround leadership from the superintendent's level; Evidence in the state of Georgia   Advisor: Dr. Mary Hooper

McCaffrey, Kathleen  (2011)  The Effect of a Character Education Program on the Perceptions of Young Adolescents Regarding Their School's Climate and Their Abilities to Internalize Loyalty and Perseverence Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

McCoy, Doug  (2010)  How do Pro-Social Features of Assessment Practice Manifest in a Teacher’s Assessment Practice and Affect Student Learning Behavior?   Advisor: Dr. Craig Mertler

Ridley, Hal Brian  (2011)  Teacher Expectations of Economically Disadvantaged Rural Students among Highly Efficacious Teachers and Those with Low Levels of Teacher Efficacy Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Thompson, Kiley  (2010)  The Many Faces of Co-Teaching: How Does Co-Teaching Impact Students at Different Levels of Academic Functioning?   Advisor: Dr. Craig Mertler

Wright, Margaretta  (2011)  Assessing Understanding of Central Office Staff Concerning How Student Mobility Affects Teaching and Learning   Advisor: Dr. Myrna Gantner

Cohort 7

Baldwin, Rhonda Ann  (2009)  Graphic Organizer Impact: Educator Understanding and Use Linked to Student Achievement
Advisor: Dr. Mary Hancock

Corley, Aaron  (2009)  EMIC and ETIC Perspectives of Male Elementary School Teachers: Understanding the Motivations, Experiences, and Challenges of Men Working in a Female-Dominated Context   Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Johnson, Penny  (2010)  Principals' Perceptions of the Alternative Certification of Teacher Candidates in a Southeastern Suburban School System as Measured by their Attitudes and Hiring Practices Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Olson, Jill  (2014)  Secondary Teacher-Preparedness to Develop Positive Teacher-Student Relationships Advisor:  Dr. Linda Haynes

Ruble, Michelle L.  (2009)  First-Year Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Mentoring Experiences: A Case Study   Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Sankar, Lakshmi  (2009)  An Experimental Study Comparing the Effectiveness of Different Formats of Professional Learning on Teacher Collaboration in a Co-Teaching Class                                          Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Shafer, Emmett  (2010)  The Effects of the Graduation Coach Initiative on the Graduation Rates in the State of Georgia
Advisor: Dr. Abbot Packard

Simone, Dione  (2010)  An Exploration of the Relationship Between School Climate and Professional Staff's Perceptions of the Maturity of Professional Learning Communities in a Large Urban School System Undergoing High School Reform    Advisor: Dr. Mary Hooper

Waddy, Naima  (2010)  Middle School Co-Teachers Perceptions of Co-Teaching    Advisor: Dr. Tamra Ogletree

White, Amanda  (2013)  Administrators' and Media Specialists' Perceptions of the Library Media Specialist Role   Advisor:  Dr. Abbot Packard

White, Donald  (2011)  The Effects of Goal Setting on Student Academic Performance in High School Science   Advisor: Dr. Gail Marshall


Cohort 6

Biggins, Lenice  (2010)  Teacher Wellness: A Descriptive Study of Teacher Choice in Wellness Advisor: Dr. Jeff Johnson

Cribbs, Gail  (2009)  The Effect of Peer Coaching on the Practice of School Psychologists Advisor: Dr. Susan Boes

Henson, Kerri  (2010)  School Social Capital: An Analysis of the Impact of Student-Teacher Relationships on Students' Academic Successes and Failures   Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Horn, Carolyn  (2009)  Stakeholder Perceptions of the Roles and Responsibilities of Middle School Curriculum Specialists
Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Lacey-Bushell, Adrienne  (2013)  Perceptions of Middle School General Education Teachers on the Inclusive Education of Students with Emotional Disorders:  An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis   Advisor:  Dr. Andrew Nixon

Lusk, Christy  (2009)  An Investigation of the Relationship between the Student Support Team Process and Student Achievement Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Marsh, Nancy  (2011)  Critical Friends Group Facilitators' Use of Transparent Facilitation to Make Work Public   Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Willaford, Sherrod  (2011)  An Examination of Lesson Preparation ad Delivery of Elementary Mathematics Instruction for English Language Learners 
Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Cohort 5

Houston, Lorilyn  (2010)  Student, Parent, and Teacher Perceptions of Transition to Middle and High School  Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Isenberg, Mathew  (2009)  An Exploratory Study of Organizational Incongruence in Middle Schools Advisor: Dr. Mary Hooper

Kirby, Karen  (2008)  The Effects of Explicit Phonemic Awareness Instruction in the Kindergarten Classroom   Advisor: Dr. Cathleen Doheny

Lasseter, Mary Ann  (2007)  Developing Individual and Collective Visions for Teachers: Establishing Systemic Commitment for School Improvement 
Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Mills-Biwott, Reagan  (2007)  Examining the Achievement of Alternatively Recommended Minority Students in Advanced Science Classes   Advisor: Dr. Mary Angela Coleman

Mitchell, Angela  (2014)  Teachers' Perceptions of how Professional Learning Communities Impact Their Professional Practices   Advisor:  Dr. Andy Nixon

Phillips, Scott  (2007)  All-Girls Mathematics Classes in a Coeducational Setting Advisor: Dr. Myrna Gantner

Rouse, Jo Ann  (2007)  Facilitating Productive Teacher Collaboration   Advisor: Dr. Marie Holbein

Verner, Jacqueline  (2008)  A Descriptive Study of Educator Job Satisfaction and Valued Communications    Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Cohort 4

Bishop, Barbara  (2007)  The Purpose of Schooling for Georgia High Schools as Informed by Textual Analysis of Language used in School Mission Statements            Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Evans, Georgia  (2006)  The Effectiveness of the Georgia Department of Education’s Coaching Academy on the School Level Instructional Coaches’ Knowledge and Application of Educational Research Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Gregaydis, Jason  (2013)  Developing Teacher Collaboration and Collegiality Through a Professional Book Study 
Advisor:  Dr. Abbot Packard

Johnson, Christie  (2006)  Identification, Exploration and Analysis of Conditions Existing Within the Gap Between Georgia Women Public School Administrators and the Superintendency   Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Luck, Phillip  (2009)  Educators’ Perceptions of Referrals for Boys to the Student Support Team (SST) Advisor: Dr. Myrna Gantner

Sethna, Madhavi  (2008)  Understanding the support needs of Veteran Experienced Teachers from India in US Public Schools
Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Smith, Vickie  (2008)  A Comparison of Counselor Functions in Georgia High Schools Identified as Achieving and not Achieving Adequate Yearly Progress   Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Cohort 3

Anderson, Kimberly  (2007)  Systemic Report: The Concerns of Middle School Mathematics Teachers Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Lombard, Ted  (2013)  A Study of the Effectiveness of a Rotating Class Schedule initiative as an intervention to Meet the Developmental Needs of Middle School Students and to improve their Achievement  Advisor:  Dr. Abbot Packard

Ricks, Suevess R.  (2011)  New Leaders' Belief about the Preparation Needed for the Principalship Advisor: Dr. Abbot Packard

Cohort 2

Ball, Lisa  (2005)  Evaluating the Self Limiting Model with Second, Third, and Fourth Grade Students Advisor: Dr. Paul Phillips

Chapman, Janet  (2006)  Collaborative Early Intervention Program Teachers’ Roles as Change Agents in Relation to Current Change Theory   Advisor: Dr. Barbara Kawulich

Earwood, Susan  (2006)  A Study to Determine the Extent to which Title I and Non-Title I Middle Schools Provide for Parent Involvement   Advisor: Dr. Myrna Gantner

Fortes, Scott  (2005)  An Investigation of the Impact of Teaching Concepts that Promote Learning and Social Development for Sixth Grade Students in Physical Education Class   Advisor: Dr. Marie Holbein

Fraker, Kimberly  (2006)  The Effects of a Freshman Academy Program on Standardized Test Performance and Core Course Academic Achievement in English and Math Advisor: Dr. C. J. Douvanis

Hays, Judy  (2009)  A Study of Changes in the Classroom Practice of Presenters in a Critical Friends Group   Advisor: Dr. Paul Phillips

McLeod, Robert  (2007)  Co-teaching in the Secondary Classroom and Its Impact on Student Achievement   Advisor: Dr. Abbot Packard

Porcher, Sonja  (2007)  An Examination of the Use of Differentiated Instruction Practices for Gifted Students in an Elementary Cluster Model Classroom   Advisor: Dr. Marie Holbein

Smith, Edwin  (2008)  The Effects of Using an Expanded Adapted Rating Scale in Applying the Georgia Teacher Observation Instrument for the Evaluation of Classroom Teachers   Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Williams, Florence  (2011)  Leadership Behaviors for Continuous School Improvement   Advisor: Dr. Barbara Kawulich

Williamson, Daria  (2006)  The Effects of a Career Education Mini-Course on the Career Decision-Making Skills of High School Students   Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Wright, Doug  (2006)  Using Human Relations Incidents to Explore the Link Between Teacher Dispositions Associated with Effectiveness and Indicators of Student Learning   Advisor: Dr. Deborah Bainer Jenkins

Cohort 1

Bagby, Sonja  (2007)  Stages of Concern: Measuring the Affective Dimension of Faculty Implementing an Instructional Innovation   Advisor: Dr. Deborah Bainer Jenkins

Baker, Ann  (2004)  Women Educational Leaders: Beliefs and Practice of Leadership Characteristics and Situational Management
Advisor: Dr. Robert Morris

Gonzalez, Lisa  (2006)  Mini- Society for Teaching Economic Concepts and Entrepreneurship to Third Grade Students and Increasing Teacher Knowledge and Confidence   Advisor: Dr. John Voneschenbach

Lambert, Simon  (2004) The Multiple Realities of an Elementary School Library Media Center: A Case Study   Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Perry, Alan   (2005)  A Chronology of the Use of Technology in Secondary School English Classes Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Pratschler, Leslie  (2007)  An Investigation of Preferences for Activities Performed by Media Specialists in Middle Schools
Advisor: Dr. Marie Holbein

Smith, Dannette  (2004)  Critical Friends Study Group: Exploring Changing Perceptions and Practices Advisor: Dr. Marie Holbein

Townsend, Richard  (2011)  Gender Equity in Georgia High Schools   Advisor: Dr. Luke Cornelius

Woods, Lucia  (2008)  The Persistence of Elementary School Bully Prevention Training Into Middle School   Advisor: Dr. Myrna Gantner