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Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Comparison of Secondary Principals' Use of Data Systems to IncreaseStudent Achievement in Mathematics as Measured by Standardized Assessments, Joshua Williams
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Comparative Study of Family-Centered Home Based and Traditional Addiction Treatment Approaches, Kathleen Z. Wisser
Department: Sociology

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The Impact of an Urban Immersion Field Experience on Teacher Candidates' Concerns Regarding Teaching in Urban Districts: A Cross-University Comparison, Stacie M. Wolbert
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Reel Principals: A Descriptive Content Analysis of the Images of School Principals Depicted in Movies from 1997-2009, Katy J. Wolfrom
Department: Education

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A Case Study of Two Vertical Leadership Teams for the Purpose of School Improvement, Tammy S. Wolicki
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Admissions Policies Governing the Declaration of Academic Major and Academic Advising Models Relating to Student Outcomes in Higher Education, Heather A. Workinger
Department: Sociology

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Degree Pursuit by Very-at-risk Students: Examining Characteristic Factors Leading to Degree Completion, Marian E. Yoder
Department: Sociology

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A Comparative Study of First Time International College Studentss Level of Anxiety in Relationship to Awareness of Their Learning-style Preferences, Arlene Shorter Young
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Pre-Service Teachers' Motivations for Choosing a Teaching Career and Intention to Teach in Urban Settings: A Multilevel Analysis, Yong Yu
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Rethinking Hybridity from a Pluralistic Perspective in Selected Twentieth-Century Multiethnic American Fiction and Criticism, Hussein Hasan Zeidanin
Department: English

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An Exploration of the Identities of Asian Graduate Student Mothers in the United States, Qisi Zhang
Department: English

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Early College Partnerships: Relationships and Success Elements of an Early College Program Between 25 Rural School Districts in Southwestern Pennsylvania and a Community College, Barbara Zuchelli
Department: Professional Studies in Education

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Environmentalism, Modernity, Capitalism, and Cultural Hegemony in Six Contemporary Authors, Motasim O. Almawaja
Department: English

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Idiomobile for Learners of English: A Study of Learners' Usage of a Mobile Learning Application for Learning Idioms and Collocations, Mahmoud Atiah Amer
Department: English

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Crime-Reporting Behavior: A Test of a Theoretical Model that Accounts for the Explanation of People's Crime-Reporting Behavior, Avdi S. Avdija
Department: Criminology

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"A Lass Unparalleled": The Scriptural Underpinnings of Women in Selected Shakespearean Plays, Ahmed Muhammed Faleh Banisalamah
Department: English

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Challenging Behaviors: Early Childhood Teachers' Perspectives on Young Children's Self-Regulation, Mary Louise Bitar
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Cognitive Style: A Meta-Analysis of The Instructional Implications for Various Integrated Computer Enhanced Learning Environments, William C. Burnett
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Closing the Gap in Business Education: A Case Study of Continuing Curricular Transformation in an Exemplary Undergraduate Program, John A. Buttermore
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Effect of Classroom and Clinical Learning Approaches on Academic Achievement in Associate Degree Nursing Students, Jo Anne Carrick
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Testing the Generalizability Claims of Gottfredson and Hirschi's General Theory Using Hirschi's Revised Concept of Self-Control, Byung Jun Cho
Department: Criminology

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Assessing the Malleability of Student Death Penalty Attitudes: An Experimental Test of the Marshall Hypothesis, Amanda K. Cox
Department: Criminology

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On Advertising's Terms: The Weak Critiques of Consumer Capitalism in Player Piano, Fahrenheit 451, and The Space Merchants, Mary Elizabeth Davis
Department: English

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Discursive Transformation and the Reconstruction of Identity: A Critical Discourse Analysis of African American Student Texts, Jason Richard DePolo
Department: English

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Internet Usage among College Students and its Impact on Depression, Social Anxiety, and Social Engagement, Kimberlee D. DeRushia
Department: Psychology

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The Identity, Second Language, and the Classroom Dynamic: Participant Observation in a Beginning Korean as a Second Language Classroom, Joel S. Diamond
Department: English

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Portraiture of Rural Pennsylvania Elementary School Administrators Implementing the Mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act within the Context of a Reading Program, Linda D. Dobbie
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Ecocritical Examination of British Romantic Natural History Writing: The Literature of a Changing World, Jeffrey S. Dories
Department: English

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No Teacher Left Behind: Effectiveness of New Teacher Groups to Facilitate Induction, Jessica Lee Durn
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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The Vernacular Architecture of Composition Instruction: What the Voices of Writing Center Tutors Reveal about the Influence of Standardized Instruction and Assessment, Dawn Fels
Department: English

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A Descriptive Study of the Middle School Science Teacher Behavior for Required Student Participation in Science Fair Competitions, Laura M. Fisanick
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Student Writer as Blogger: A Longitudinal Case Study of a Blogger's Critical Narrative Events, Eric A. Glicker
Department: English

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Stolen Voices: Literacy, Identity, and Acculturation of Resettled Somali-Bantu Refugees, Amanda Rae Goldberg
Department: English

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The Development of Cultural Adaptability Including Relevant Experiences andPerceptions of Traditional College Students: A Perspective from a Small, Private Liberal Arts University, Kerri A. Golden
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Perceptions of the Developmentally Responsive Leadership Practices of Principals that Contribute to Achieving Adequate Yearly Progress in High and Low Achieving, High Poverty Middle Schools, David R. Goodin
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Evaluation of the Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) Approach for Enhancing Athletic Performance, Sarah M. Hasker
Department: Psychology

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Using Empowering Processes to Create Empowered Outcomes through the Family Development Credential Program: An Empirical Study of Change in Human Service Workers, Nicole M. Hewitt
Department: Sociology

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Arabic and English Persuasive Writing of Arabs from a Contrastive Rhetoric Perspective, Soliman Ismail
Department: English

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Staff Development of Direct Care Workers in Pennsylvania: The Relationship between Organizational Structure and Culture and Best-Practices in Training, M. Elizabeth Kemeny
Department: Sociology

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Prisoner Classification Re-visited: A Further Test of the Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) Intake Assessment, Hye-Sun Kim
Department: Criminology

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Determinate Sentencing of Drug Offenders: Assessing the Influence of Legally Relevant and Legally Irrelevant Variables on Sentence Outcome, Eric J. Kocian
Department: Criminology

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L2 Cultural Negotiation and Visual Literacy: A Multilingual Perspective, Alexander Lapidus
Department: English

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An Assessment of Individual and Organizational Characteristics and Their Impact on Correctional Officers' Perceptions of Professionalism and Treatment Orientation, Jennifer L. Lasswell
Department: Criminology

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The Implementation of Enrollment Management at Two Public Universities Experiencing Demographic and Funding Challenges, Stephen Lee
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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White Prestige Ideology, Identity, and Investment: ESL Composition Class as a Site of Resistance and Accommodation for Taiwanese Students, Pei-hsun Liu
Department: English

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Teacher Professional Development: The Needs of TESOL Teachers in the Republic of Niger, Ganda Nabi Mahamadou
Department: English

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Relationship Between Teacher Preparedness and Inquiry-Based Instructional Practices to Students' Science Achievement: Evidence from TIMSS 2007, Lynn A. Martin
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Exploration of Demographics and Computer Adaptive Testing in Predicting Performance on State-Mandated Reading Assessments, Amy L. Maziarz
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Stranger Than Fiction: A Study of Student Perceptions of Writer's Block And Film in the Composition Classroom, Kimberly Marie Miller
Department: English

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The Combined and Differential Roles of Working Memory Mechanisms in Academic Achievement, Bronwyn Murray
Department: Psychology

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First-Generation College Seniors: A Phenomenological Exploration of the Transitional Experience of the Final College Year, Julia Overton-Healy
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Teacher Behavior and Attitude and Student Writing Apprehension, Peter Pappalardo
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Impact of Academic Advising on GPA and Retention at the Community College Level, Stacey Ann Pietras
Department: Sociology

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Case Study of a Participatory Action Research Process to Examine Burnout and Generate Change Oriented Strategies among Workers in a Human Service Environment, John Vincent Rapano
Department: Sociology

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Using Adiposity Change in College Freshman to Examine the Comorbidity of ADHD and Obesity, Katherine L. Ratcliff
Department: Psychology

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Effects of Schools Attuned on Special Education Referrals for African American Boys, Andrea B. Rodriguez
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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The Perceptions of Maryland School Principals on the Quality and Quantity of Principal and Assistant Principal Candidates and the Role the Maryland Task Force on the Principalship Has Played in Improving the Quality and Quantity of Principal and Assistant Principal Candidates, Michael Rowe
Department: Education and Educational Technology

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Nurses and Health Care Insurance in Western Pennsylvania: A Qualitative Study of the Personal and Professional Effects of the Absence of Health Care Insurance, Diana L. Rupert
Department: Sociology

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An Analysis of Leadership Beliefs and Practices of 25 TESOL Leaders, Deborah A. Sams
Department: English

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The Literate Lives of Chamorro Women in Modern Guam, Sharleen J. Q. Santos-Bamba
Department: English

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Dumb Animals, Crazy Broads, and Ugly Truths: Rooting for the Avant-Garde, Kimberly A. Socha
Department: English

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Finding Our Places, Defining Our Places: Service Learning and Ecocomposition in the First-Year Composition Classroom, Heidi Ann Stevenson
Department: English

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Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement Programs: A Comparison of Persistence, Student Academic Achievement, Graduation Completion and Time-to-Degree Attainment, Amber N. Sherman Valentine
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Strategies for Influencing Implicit Associations in Shooting Decisions: A Test of Longevity, Joshua J. Watt
Department: Psychology

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The Impact of a Principal's Sex on the Climate of Alternative Schools, Jessica Wenton
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Challenging Progress: Mob Violence and Punishing Identities in Modernist-Era American Fiction, Benjamin S. West
Department: English

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The Perceived Impact of the Curriculum Administrator in Facilitating a Vision of Learning in Small, Rural Pennsylvania School Districts, Mary A. Wolf
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Effects of Written and Verbal Emotional Expression on Cancer Patients' Health, Kristine N. Woods
Department: Psychology

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Online Interaction between Thai EFL Learners and English Speaking Chat Partners: An Exploration of Negotiation for Meaning and Developing Relationships, Kandanai Worajittipol
Department: English

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Executive Functioning Skills in a School District: An Examination of Teachers' Perception of Executive Functioning Skills Related to Age, Sex, and Educational Classification, Cynthia Louise Wright
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Criminal Minds Models: An Exploration of a Typology for Criminal Propensity, Sz-De Yu
Department: Criminology

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The Evolving Teacher Identities of 12 South/East Asian Teachers in US Graduate Programs, Nugrahenny Tourisia Zacharias
Department: English

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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An Investigation of Suspect Effort, Postconcussive Symptoms, and Litigation in Neuropsychological Evaluations, Hey-Mi M. Ahn
Department: Psychology

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Caught between Two Cultures: The Realization of Requests by Jordanian EFL Learners, Husam S. Al-Momani
Department: English

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Feminist Resistance in Contemporary American Women Writers of Color: Unsettling Images of the Veil and the House in Western Culture, Mais Yusuf ALQutami
Department: English

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The Presence, Roles and Functions of the Grotesque in Toni Morrison's Novels, Alyce R. Baker
Department: English

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An Examination of the Tacit Culture of the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, Scott A. Beatty
Department: Sociology

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The Impact of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Workplace Safety in the United States, Angela Mattis Bernardo
Department: Sociology

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Stigmatizing the Supernatural: Social and Intellectual Acts of Othering Paranormal Events in British and American Literature of the Long Nineteenth-Century, Christian M. Blum
Department: English

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A Phenomenological Investigation of College Students' Construction and Representation of Plagiarism, Kurt William Bouman
Department: English

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The Classification of Reading Disability Subtypes and the Efficacy of Hemisphere Specific Stimulation, Brian Douglas Buchan
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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The Effectiveness of Transitional First Grade Programs on Increasing the Academic Success of Students Through Third Grade, Megan Lynn Buchner-Horsh
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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A Quantitative Investigation of Teachers' Responses to Bullying, Michael D. Bush
Department: Criminology

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The Black Press and the Shaping of Protest in African American Literature, 1840-1935, Anthony Todd Carlisle
Department: English

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Leadership in Athletic Coaches, Randy D. Cathcart
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Elementary Teachers’ Knowledge, Attitude and Practices Toward Technology Education: Effects of the I³ Project, Sandra E. Cavanaugh
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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What's Sex Gotta Do With It?: The Study of Gender in Criminology and the Social Sciences, Jeffrey W. Cohen
Department: Criminology

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The Function and Use of the Textbook in an Undergraduate Nursing Program, Ryan David Costanzo
Department: English

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Correlation of Emotional Intelligence of School Leaders to Perceptions of School Climate as Perceived by Teachers, Cosmas C. Curry
Department: Education

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Barriers to Substance Abuse Treatment Utilization in Rural Versus Urban Pennsylvania, William M. Davis Jr.
Department: Psychology

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A Survey of School Psychologists' Knowledge of School Refusal Behavior and Intervention Strategies, Danielle Lynn DeAngelis
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Walking Through the Shadows: Ruins, Reflections, and Resistance in the Postcolonial Gothic Novel, Sheri Ann Denison
Department: English

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An Analysis of Training Effects on School Personnel's Knowledge, Attitudes, Comfort, and Confidence Levels Toward Educating Students about HIV/AIDS in Pennsylvania, Sharon Deutschlander
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Phenomenon of International Adoption with a Focus on Second Language Acquisition: A Case Study of Internationally Adopted Children and Adolescents from Russia, Daniela DiGregorio
Department: English

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A Chaotic Companion: Writers and Writing with Bipolar Disorder, Lauren Teresa DiPaula
Department: English

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Tracing the Evolution of Gottfredson and Hirschi's Concept of Self-Control: A Conceptual and Empirical Analysis, Kimberly D. Dodson
Department: Criminology

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Siblings of those with Developmental Disabilities: Career Exploration and Likelihood of Choosing a Helping Profession, Leslie A. Eget
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Exploring the Meaning of Power and Voice through a Participatory Action Research Project Conducted by a Doctoral Student, Barbara A. Feroz
Department: Sociology

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A Study of Relationships Between Ethical Decision Making, Leadership Styles, and Demographics in Pennsylvania Superintendents, Walter L. Fitch
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Correctional Placement of Addicted Offenders vs. Clinical Recommendations for Substance Abuse Treatment, Richard Anthony Foster
Department: Sociology