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Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Urban Growth Boundaries: Urban Crime Reduction or Urban Myth?, James Henry Bowers
Department: Criminology

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Latino Attitudes Toward Violence: The Effect of Americanization, Michele P. Bratina
Department: Criminology

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Personal and Social Identity Development: Experiences of Social Mobility, Brenda K. Bretz
Department: Sociology

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An Empirical Comparison of Logistic Regression to Decision Tree Induction in the Prediction of Intimate Partner Violence Reassault, Steven L. Brewer Jr.
Department: Criminology

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Risk to Researchers: An Exploration of Issues Experienced by Social Scientists Conducting Research on Social Deviance and Criminal Behavior, Patricia L. Brougham
Department: Criminology

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Violation of Expectation: Enemy to Musical Memory?, Jessica E.K. Buckland
Department: Psychology

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New Building Level Leaders' Perceptions: Experiences in the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership's Induction and Mentoring Program, Raymond Daniel Burk
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Effects of Learning in an Online Virtual Environment on K-12 Students, Christopher D. Carnahan
Department: Communications Media

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A Thomas Pynchon Guide to Contemporary Resistance, Sean Carswell
Department: English

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A Qualitative Study of Reintegration Focusing on the Perceptions of Female Ex-Offenders Returning to Society, Lisa Marie Carter
Department: Criminology

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Emotionality and Composition in Thai and in English, Pisarn Bee Chamcharatsri
Department: English

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To Register or Not to Register? The Effectiveness of Megan's Law in Pennsylvania, Shelly L. Clevenger
Department: Criminology

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Engaging Joycean and Post-Joycean Experimental Novels: Methods of Approaching "Writerly" Texts, William E. Clough
Department: English

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Special Education "Preparation Gap:" Perceptions of the Western Region Special Education Advisers Concerning Pennsylvania's Special Education Competencies for School Leaders, Matthew Richard Conner
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Influences that Affect First-Generation College Students' College Choice: A Qualitative Inquiry of Student Perceptions, Tiffany J. Cresswell-Yeager
Department: Sociology

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An Examination of Teacher Leadership Perceptions of Teachers and Building Administrators Using a Comparative Case Study Approach, Matthew E. Curci
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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From Utopian Dreams to Twentieth-Century Dystopian Nightmares: Modern Fears of the World State and "Big Brother" in Huxley, Orwell, and Burgess, Brett Anthony Devido
Department: English

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A Phenomenological Study of Perceptions of Identity and Leadership Among African-American Female Administrators within Public Higher Education, June Pickett Dowdy
Department: Sociology

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The Impact of Hybrid Instructional Models on Game Performance Outcomes of Middle School Physical Education Students, Kimberly Ann Everhart
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Shakespeare's Gardens and Nature Settings: Landscapes of the Reformation's Spiritual Individualism, Debra Lee Francis
Department: English

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Exploring the Relationship between College Student Leadership Experiences and the Practice of Effective Leadership Behaviors, Jodie A. Frey
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Personality and Crime: An Examination of the Influence of the Five Factor Model on Offending and Co-Offending, Kenethia L. McIntosh Fuller
Department: Criminology

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Dystopia and Loci of Power: Language, Landscape, and Survival, Mary G. Gainer
Department: English

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Letters, Lectures, Memos, and Minutes: An Archival Study of George Pierce Baker's Role in the History of Theater and Performance Studies, Roseanne Gatto
Department: English

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Superintendent Succession: The Impact of Applying Succession Management Strategies, Developing District Leaders and Promoting from Within an Organization on the Self-Perceived Degree of Preparation and Job Effectiveness of First-time Pennsylvania Superintendents, Robert J. Gildea
Department: Education

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Distinguishing Online and Face-to-Face Learning: Acquisition, Learning, and Online Pedagogy, Abigail A. Grant
Department: English

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CRM Implementation in Nonprofits: An Analysis of the Success Factors, Kelly E. Grattan
Department: Sociology

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Modern Sexism and Preference for a Coach Among Select National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Female Athletes: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis, Nancy Jo Greenawalt
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Historical Case Study of Teacher and Principal Perceptions of Teacher Collaboration Related to the Transformation of a Traditional 6-8 Junior High School to a Team-Based Middle School, Ronald John Grevara
Department: Education

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Exploring the Early Field Experience to Examine the Impact on Pre-Service Teacher Development, Anthony P. Grieco
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Inter-Colonialism: Onscreen Representations of Italian-Americans, Courtney Judith Ruffner Grieneisen
Department: English

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Reflection-on-Juncture within Composition: The Promise of Transfer, John Henry Guelcher Jr.
Department: English

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Exploring Mentoring Relationships and Student Empowerment: A Phenomenological Study of Four Women's Experiences, Jessica Lindsey Haggerty
Department: English

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A Mixed-Methods Study: Raising Student Achievement Through the Lens of Hope and Collective Efficacy, Jesse A. Haight
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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In Search of the Self, In Search of the Land: Toward a Contemporary American Poetics of Place, William Scott Hanna
Department: English

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Doing a School Literacy Information Project in a South African Context, Diane J. Harley
Department: English

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Body Image in Female Collegiate Volleyball Players: Are athletics detrimental or beneficial?, Megan M. Hoag
Department: Psychology

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Rust Belt Gothic Fiction, Matthew Martin Holman
Department: English

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The Muses on the Mountains: Mentoring Relationships Among Creative Writers, Brent Shawn House
Department: English

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An Investigation into the Relationship between Locus of Control, Sensation-Seeking, and Substance Use, Amber Rae Hudspith
Department: Psychology

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A Survey of Vocational Administrators and Teachers in Career and Technical Education Centers Regarding Their Perception of Vocational Program Improvements, Richard Lynn Hummel Jr.
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Multimethod Analysis of Sentencing Decisions in a Pennsylvania County, Brian Iannacchione
Department: Criminology

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Shouting for God: Resistance and Liberation in Early African American Evangelical Autobiography, Lars Olaf Johnson
Department: English

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A Study of the Politics of Color in Lillian Hellman's Drama and Memoir Against Colorism -- Blackness, Redness, and Whiteness, Seung-hye Joo
Department: English

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‘As a Gay Man, I’: How One Literacy Worker’s Coming Out Changed a Campus Community, Clifton R. Justice
Department: English

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The Simplicity and Complexity of Public Attitudes Toward Sex Crimes, Laura L. King
Department: Criminology

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"Speaking Truth to Power": A History of the California State University English Council, Kathleen J. Klompien
Department: English

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The Effects of Distance Education and Student Involvement on Incidental Learning, George D. Konetes
Department: Communications Media

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A Case Study of Commercial Bank Solvency During a Global Financial Crisis, Dan Kozyro
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Existence of Dualistic Absurdism: Presented by Albert Camus and Generatively Absented by Edward Albee, Hillary Ione LaMont
Department: English

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Txt Now, Pay L8R: An Exploratory Study of Teenage Participation in Sexting, Renee D. Lamphere
Department: Criminology

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Critical, Third-Space Phenomenology as a Framework for Validating College Composition Placement, Josh Lederman
Department: English

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A Case Study of a Taiwanese Teachers' Group Exploring Narrative Pedagogy, Ruo-Wan Lei
Department: English

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The Unsung and Transformative Power of African-American Urban Adolescent Literature: Using an Adolescent Identity Taxonomy to Understand and Teach Inner-City Students, Krista Shauntae Lewis
Department: English

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Teachers' Perceptions on the Impact of Blogs and Wikis Regarding the Acquisition of 21st Century Skills in the Classrooms for the Future Classroom: A Study of Two Pennsylvania High Schools, Robin Lee Lutcher
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Qualitative Content Analysis of John F. Kennedy's Public Papers Between 1960 and 1963, John Gerard Makara
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Qualitative Study of Blue Ribbon Elementary School Principals: Perspectives on Promoting Student Achievement, Jacie Maslyk
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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From Gothic to Gothicism: A Theory of Reading Gothic Rhetoric, Patrick Thomas McAleer
Department: English

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The Ways of White Women: Literary and Pedagogical Responses to Blackness, Susan E. McGrade
Department: English

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“Decolonizing Feminism”: Women’s Power in Agnes Grey, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Wuthering Heights, Majid S. Mgamis
Department: English

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Organizational and Personal Characteristics that Influence Role Conflict and Role Ambiguity in the Safety Professional, Wanda DeMott Minnick
Department: Sociology

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Clinical Instructors' Perceptions of the Importance of Affective Behaviors in Undergraduate Athletic Training Clinical Education, Rebecca L. Mokris
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Gender and Leadership: Educational Leadership through Feminine Eyes: Have the Barriers in Acquiring Educational Administrative Positions for Women Changed in the Last Fifteen Years?, M. Holly Morrison
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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"Women and Competition in Selected Fiction by Louisa May Alcott: 'Discontented, Proud, and Ambitious'", Elizabeth Joanne Mutzabaugh
Department: English

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Women and the Non-Traditional Educational Environment at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology: A Case Study, Erin Kate Nelsen
Department: Sociology

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Understanding Students' Use of Sources in Research Writing Through an Epistemological Lens, Corinne E. Nicolas
Department: English

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Smiling at Risk: A Theoretical Test of the Formula for Happiness, Jeremy Olson
Department: Criminology

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The Effects of Physical Touch and Thermal Warmth on Interpersonal Trust, Rebecca Anne Parker
Department: Psychology

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Implementation of "Turning Points 2000" Recommendations: A Survey of Mid-Western Pennsylvania Middle Level Teachers' Beliefs and Practice, Michael J. Pendred
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Well-hidden Secret: Harper Lee's Contributions to Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Tina Madison Peschock
Department: English

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The Effects of Year-Round School on Students with Learning Disabilities: A Case Study, John Pfeiffer Jr.
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Aging Workforce: An Analysis of Workplace Injuries of Nursing Assistants Employed in a Long-Term Care Setting, Darlene Farren Piazza
Department: Sociology

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Age Group Differences in Older Adults' Attitudes Toward Psychotherapy and Willingness to Seek Help, Jillian Zeitvogel Pino
Department: Psychology

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Teacher Perspectives of the Role Distributed Leadership May Play in Their District's Sustained Training Initiatives in Early Reading, Mathematics, and Student Instructional Interventions, Carmine Pontillo
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Social History of Second Language Writing: First Generation L2 Composition Scholars in the Process Era, Karen Ann Power
Department: English

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The Relationship Between Perception of Academic Support Services and Persistence and Integration of Undeclared Students, Virginia Reiner
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Wilma Dykeman: Wellspring of Ecofeminism in the Appalachian South, Viki Dasher Rouse
Department: English

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Personality Correlates of Low Scores on the MMPI-2, Terra Noelle Sanderson
Department: Psychology

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Excavating the Archaic: Ethnopoetics and Strategic Primitivism, Jay W. Sarver
Department: English

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Peer Writing Tutors in Community: Relational and Reflective Collaborations in the Writing Center, Marcelene Maria Senese
Department: English

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An Analysis of Third Through Fifth Grade Teachers' Research-Based Instruction and Assessment Practices Implemented in Rural School Settings in Western Pennsylvania, Debra J. Shirley
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Social Learning and Digital Piracy: Do Online Peers Matter?, Joshua L. Smallridge
Department: Criminology

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The Nurse Faculty Shortage: The Untold Story, Lana Smith
Department: Sociology

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The Relationship Between Familism and Help-seeking with Hispanic Nursing Students, Cristina Perez Stearns
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Jamaica Kincaid: A Multi-Dimensional Resistance to Colonialism, Leon E. Stennis
Department: English

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Questioned Consciousness in the Memoirs of Jean-Dominique Bauby, Julia Tavalaro, and Philippe Vigand: Unlocking and Teaching the Locked-In Writings of the Written Off, Henry C. Stewart
Department: English

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The Self-Fashioning of the Nineteenth-Century Woman in American Woman's Literature, Mary Dillow Stewart
Department: English

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Digital Literacy Practice: Blogs and Authorship in Developing Multilingual TESOL Professionals in a Graduate Program in the United States, Ngarmnij Sukasem
Department: English

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Rape Myth Acceptance: An Exploration of Influential Factors Among College Students, Katie Herman Swope
Department: Criminology

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Ghosts, Madness, and Dementia: The Failure of the Global Capitalist Enterprise in Joseph Conrad's Geopolitical Peripheries, Haitham Mahmoud Abdullah Talafha
Department: English

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The Use of Media in the Acquisition of English as a Second Language, Sarah Elizabeth Tourtellotte
Department: Communications Media

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The Children of Reagan: Troubling Pleasures for the Era of Privatization, Matthew Francis Ussia
Department: English

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Chief School Business Officials: A Qualitative Investigation of Employment Longevity and the Career Plateau, Alan T. Vandrew
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Humor and Work: Toward a More Contextual Understanding of Humor in the Workplace, William B. Vogler
Department: Sociology

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English Composition I: An Effective Predictor of Persistence and Retention at a Community College, David A. Volpe
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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"The Angel Said Unto Me 'Write!'": Elizabeth Stuart Phelps and Ecofeminist Homiletics, David Paul von Schlichten
Department: English

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Twenty First Century Cyberbullying Defined: An Analysis of Intent, Repetition, and Emotional Response, Carol Marie Walker
Department: Communications Media

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Saturday's Child, Sunday's Christ: Masculinity, Religion and Community in Select Twentieth Century African-American Poems, Plays, and Novels, Marsha I. Walker
Department: English

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Behind the Curtain: A Critical View of Theory and Practice of Tutoring International English Language Learners at University Writing Centers, Lan Wang
Department: English

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Principals' Attitudes Toward Inclusion: Including Students with Autism in Elementary Classrooms, Lynda G. Weller
Department: Education and Educational Technology