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Completed Dissertation Titles

The following doctoral dissertations have been completed by graduates of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D). in Educational Leadership:

2007

Cynthia Edwards, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: An Analysis of the Relationship of Superintendent  Instructional Leadership Behaviors and District Performance Outcomes

Committee Chair: Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members: Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Susan Hummiston, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  Texas Accountability Systems:  Exploring the Relationship Between Student Achievement and Financial Management

Committee Chair:  Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members:  Dr. Don Beach and Dr. Koy Floyd

Juanita Reyes, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  An Investigation of the Construct Validity of the Spanish Version of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Exam

Committee Chair:  Dr. Dale Johnson 

Committee Members: Dr. Jill Burk and Dr. Mark Littleton

Matt Stephen, Ed.D. 

Dissertation Title:  Servant Leadership:  An Examination of Public School Principals’ Perceptions of Servant Leadership as a Successful Leadership Style

Committee Chair:  Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members:  Dr. Danna W. Beaty and Dr. Bob Newby

2008
David Bryan Belding, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  A Comparative Study of a Traditional and Non-Traditional Principal Preparation Program

Committee Chair:  Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members:  Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. J. Russell Higham III

Randall Joe Burks, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  Issues of Choice and Reform in Texas: Policy Actors’ Response to Questions Regarding School Vouchers

Committee Chair:  Dr. Danna W. Beaty

Committee Members:  Dr. Mark Littleton and Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Robin Ann Champagne, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  The Impact of Student Mobility on Texas Public School Accountability Ratings

Committee Chair:  Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members:  Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. Mark Littleton

Celia Avant Drews, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  Resource Allocation and Individual Student Achievement Over Time

Committee Chair:  Dr. Danna W. Beaty

Committee Members:  Dr. Kim Rynearson and Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Cassidy DeeAnn Early-McBrayer, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  A Multivariate Analysis of the Impact of Demographic and Structure Components on Mathematics Achievement

Committee Chair:  Dr. Dale Johnson

Committee Members:  Dr. Don Beach and Dr. Pati Hendrickson

Randall Wayne Hendricks, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  High Stakes and High Expectations: An Analysis of the Efficacy of High Stakes Testing as a School Reform Policy

Committee Chair:  Dr. Mark Littleton

Committee Members:  Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. Tod Allen Farmer

Sherry Jan Kay Hungate, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  An Analysis of the Relationship of District Performance Outcomes and the Consistency Correspondence and Congruence of School Board Training

Committee Chair:  Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members:  Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. J. Russell Higham III

George Evan Kazanas, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  A Study of Induction and mentoring as an Occupational Socialization Profess for First-Time Texas Principals

Committee Chair:  Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members:  Dr. Danna W. Beaty and Dr. Mark Weber

Joseph Anthony Kucera, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  The Effect of Implementation of a Response to Intervention Model on Student Achievement, Special Education Referrals and Special Education Eligibility

Committee Chair:  Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members:  Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. Jill Burk

Karen Anne Jez Morgan, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  Teacher Efficacy of Teachers of English Language Learners: The Effect of Teacher Preparation Models

Committee Chair:  Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members:  Dr. Mark Littleton and Dr. William G. Larmer

Tawnya Michelle Nail, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  Effects of Pre-Kindergarten Enrollment on Future School Success

Committee Chair:  Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members:  Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. Holly Lamb

Kenneth Randall Tierce, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  The Impact of Doctoral Structure on Time-To-Degree for Texas Public School Administrators

Committee Chair:  Dr. Mark Littleton

Committee Members:  Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. Mark Weber

Charla Trejo, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: The Impact of Inclusion Programs on the Academic Achievement of Non-Disabled Learners in Selected Texas Elementary School

Committee Chair: Dr. Mark Littleton

Committee Members: Dr. Dana W. Beaty and Dr. Jason Lyons

Santiago David Udayar, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  The Influence of Character Education on Student Behavior and Student Academic Achievement in Texas Character Plus Middle Schools

Committee Chair:  Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members:  Dr. Mark Littleton and Dr. Koy Floyd

2009

Kristal Kay Buckles, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  Career Paths of Selected Female Superintendents Serving in High Profile/Complex Districts

Committee Chair: Dr. Danna W. Beaty

Committee Members: Dr. Don Beach and Dr. Koy Floyd

Rebecca Ferris Burton, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  Espoused Values and Demonstrated Behaviors of Middle School Leaders: An Impact on the Racial Achievement Gap

Committee Chair:  Dr. Danna W. Beaty

Committee Members: Dr. Mark Littleton and Dr. Mark Weber

Brandy Deann Campbell, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  An Analysis of the Effects of the Voyager Universal Literacy System on at Risk Readers

Committee Chair:  Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members:  Dr. Jill Burk and Dr. Mark Weber

Ronald Therman Cravey, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  An Analysis of the Relationship of Educational Technology Implementation Level and Student Achievement

Committee Chair:  Dr. Dale Johnson

Committee Members:  Dr. Don Beach and Dr. Melissa Becker

Karen Rae Crow, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  The Differential Effects of Organizational Structure on Learning: Distributed Learning Versus Massed Learning in Year-Round Calendar Schools and Traditional Calendar Schools

Committee Chair:  Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members:  Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. Calvin H. Lawrence

Laura Lee Johnson-Estes, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  An Analysis of the Relationship of Professional Learning Community Implementation in Texas High Schools and Student Achievement

Committee Chair:  Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members:  Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. Ann Calahan

Kenneth Ray Estes, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  An Analysis of the Relationship Between High School Principal's Perception of Teacher Leadership Behaviors and School Performance

Committee Chair:  Dr. Danna W. Beaty

Committee Members: Dr. Mark Littleton and Dr. Janey Whitley

Cheryl L. Floyd, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  The Relationship Between Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors and Superintendent Job Satisfaction

Committee Chair:  Dr. Dale Johnson

Committee Members:  Dr. Don Beach and Dr. Mark Shipman

Lori Diane Nunez, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  An Analysis of the Relationship of Reading Fluency, Comprehension, and Word Recognition to Student Achievement

Committee Chair:  Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members:  Dr. Don Beach and Dr. Jill Burk

Renee J. Warner, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  A Comparison of Teaching Models That Promote Academic Achievement in an Inclusive Secondary Classroom

Committee Chair:  Dr. Mark Littleton

Committee Members:  Dr. Rusty Freed and Dr. Dale Johnson

Emily R. Wilson, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title:  Student Achievement In Science and Mathematics on Campuses That Have Implemented the CSCOPE Curriculum Model

Committee Chair:  Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members: Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. Melissa Becker

2010

Linda Ann Butler, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: Relationship between Patterns of Personality of Campus Leaders and Scholastic Achievement in Elementary Schools: A Test of Holland's Theory

Committee Chair: Dr. Dale Johnson

Committee Members: Dr. Mark Littleton and Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Elizabeth Dalton, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: Relationship Between Professional Development Expenditures and Student Achievement

Committee Chair: Dr. Dale Johnson

Committee Members: Dr. J. Russell Higham III and Dr. William G. Larmer

Melissa K. Haubrich, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: An Examination of the Relationship Between Language-Based Instructional Strategies and Academic Achievement

Committee Chair: Dr. Dale Johnson

Committee Members: Dr. Lori Anderson and Dr. Mark Littleton

Jamey R. Johnson, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: An Analysis of the Impact of the Intervention Programs on the Completion I Rate of Hispanic Students in High School

Committee Chair: Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members: Dr. Danna W. Beaty and Dr. Calvin H. Lawrence

Laurie Anne McAdams, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: Congruence of Perceptions among Texas Early College High School Leadership Teams

Committee Chair: Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members: Dr. Jill Burk and Dr. Dale Johnson

Nathan Scott McClanahan, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: An Analysis of Students' Perceived Advanced Placement Program Characteristics with Success in the Program

Committee Chair: Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members: Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. Jill Burk

Christopher A. Morrow, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: An Analysis of High School Principals Technology Use Pertaining to Instructional Leadership Impacting Student Achievement

Committee Chair: Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members: Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. J. Russell Higham III

Mary Octavia Schustereit, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: The Development and Evaluation of a Technology Based School Law Training Program for Educators

Committee Chair: Dr. Mark Littleton

Committee Members: Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. Paige Worrell

Somer S. Yocom, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: Special Education Hearings in Texas: An Analysis of Trends and Decisions from 2006-2008

Committee Chair: Dr. Mark Littleton

Committee Members: Dr. Betty Jo Monk and Dr. Mark Weber

2011

Joe Alcorta, Jr., Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: The Impact of Community Traits, School Attributes, and Student Demographics on Student Achievement

Committee Chair: Dr. Dale Johnson

Committee Members: Dr. Mark Littleton and Dr. Don Beach

Dwight A. Cooley, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: Samll School District Consolidation in Texas: An Analysis of it's Impact on Cost and Student Achievement

Committee Chair: Dr. Koy Floyd

Committee Members: Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. Dennis P. McCabe and Dr. Danna W. Beaty

John Craft, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: An Analysis of the Texas Projection Measure as a Method of Assessing High School Academic Achievement

Committee Chair: Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members: Dr. Mark Littleton and Dr. Dale Johnson

Leanne Dorhout, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: A Longitudinal Study of the Relationship Between At Risk Student Achievement and Per Student Expenditure in Technology, Instructional Resources, and Professional Development

Committee Chair: Dr. Dale Johnson

Committee Members: Dr. Mark Littleton and Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Denae Dorris, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: A Validation of the Effective Learning Environments Assessment

Committee Chair: Dr. Mark Littleton

Committee Members: Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. Kayla Peak

Morris Don Drumm, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: University Presidents Leadership Frame and Giving

Committee Chair: Dr. Koy Floyd

Committee Members: Dr. Don Beach and Dennis P. McCabe

Sandra Lu Gann Franklin, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: An Analysis of the Relationship of Avid Program on the Educational Outcomes Attributed to College Ready Graduates

Committee Chair: Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members: Dr. Betty Jo Monk and Dr. Dale Johnson

Deborah Ann Hamer, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: Single-Gender versus Coeducation: A Study of Two Models of Educating Females

Committee Chair: Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members: Dr. Mark Littleton and Dr. Dale Johnson

Robin McDurham, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: A Comparison of Academic Achievement for Seventh and Eighth Students from Montessori and Non-Montessori School Programs

Committee Chair: Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members: Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. Kimberly Rynearson

Sharon Gaston Mills, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: The Degree of Relationship Between Hiring Practice Information, Job Satisfaction, and Academic Performance

Committee Chair: Dr. Dale Johnson

Committee Members: Dr. Koy Floyd and Dr. Danna W. Beaty

Kendra Lynette Strange, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: A Study of the Relationship of Student-Teacher Racial Congruence and Student Achievement

Committee Chair: Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members: Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. Calvin H. Lawrence

Sandra Bass Talbert, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: Why Do Superintendents Stay? Components of Organizational Commitment and Superintendent Longevity

Committee Chair: Dr. Danna W. Beaty

Committee Members: Dr. Don Beach and Dr. Koy Floyd

John Edward Villarreal, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: An Analysis of the Relationship of Lean Performance Management Variables in Texas International Baccalaureate Middle Schools and Student Achievement

Committee Chair: Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members: Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. Calvin H. Lawrence

2012

Tammy Benson, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: An Analysis of Academic Achievement in Public Elementary Open-Enrollment Charter and Traditional Public Schools

Committee Chair: Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members: Dr. Danna W. Beaty and Dr. Calvin H. Lawrence

David Allen Edison, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: Relationship of High School Principal Organizational Commitment and Campus Academic Performance

Committee Chair: Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members: Dr. Mark Littleton and Dr. Dale Johnson

Anthony C. Edwards, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: An Analysis of High School Mathematics Achievement and English Language Arts Achievement as Predictors of Science Achievement

Committee Chair: Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members: Dr. Danna W. Beaty and Dr. Robert Newby

Cheryl Cannon Groves, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: The Impact of Age and Condition of Facilities on Achievement of Senior High School Students in Texas

Committee Chair: Dr. Mark Littleton

Committee Members: Dr. Kayla Peak and Dr. Dale Johnson

Kerry A. Schindler, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: An Analysis of the Relationship of Perceived Principal Instructional Leadership Behaviors and Student Academic Achievement

Committee Chair: Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members: Dr. Danna W. Beaty and Dr. Dale Johnson

Garry Tomerlin, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: An Analysis of Community College Career and Technical Education Course Offerings and Completion Rates

Committee Chair: Dr. Dale Johnson

Committee Members: Dr. Don Beach and Dr. Dennis P. McCabe

Richard E. Westfall, Jr., Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: An Analysis of Personnel-Job Fit, Job Satisfaction and Student Academic Performance

Committee Chair: Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members: Dr. Koy Floyd and Dr. Tod Allen Farmer

Cary Todd Williams, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: The Relationship of Organizational Commitment and Superintendent Job Satisfaction

Committee Chair: Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members: Dr. Dale Johnson and Dr. Mark Littleton

2013

Hilda Arnold, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: A Study on the Impact of Military Parent Deployment on Student Performance: Academic Achievement, Absenteeism, Discipline, and Counselor Visits

Committee Chair: Dr. Danna W. Beaty

Committee Members: Dr. Mark Littleton and Dr. Don Beach

Janice B. Barron, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: An Analysis of the Relationship Between the Percentage of Enrolled Students Receiving Special Education and High School Graduation Rates

Committee Chair: Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members: Dr. Mark Littleton and Dr. James Gentry

Alisa Carter, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: An Analysis of the Impact of Demographic Structural Student, and Financial Factors on Texas High School Mathematics Achievement

Committee Chair: Dr. Don Beach

Committee Members: Dr. David Weissenburger and Dr. J. Russell Higham III

Richard Edison, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: The Relationship of Campus Athletic Expenditures and Selected Indicators of Academic Success in Texas School Districts with one High School

Committee Chair: Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members: Dr. Mark Littleton and Dr. Dale Johnson

Christopher Rich Dear, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: The Financial Impact of Texas Public School Finance Legislation on Chapter 41 School Districts: 2006-2010

Committee Chair: Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members: Dr. Mark Littleton and Dr. J. Russell Higham III

Patricia Kenner-Harper, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: The Relationship Between the Proportional Size of the Special Education Population and Academic Achievement

Committee Chair: Dr. Mark Littleton

Committee Members: Dr. Don Beach and Dr. James Gentry

Melanie Ann Eisenbeck Henson, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: Dual Enrollment's Impact on College Enrollment

Committee Chair: Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members: Dr. Mark Littleton and Dr. Melissa Becker

Richard Leamon Phillips, Ed.D.

Dissertation Title: A Comparison of College Readiness among Students Enrolled in Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Academies and Traditional Comprehensive High Schools

Committee Chair: Dr. Betty Jo Monk

Committee Members: Dr. J. Russell Higham III and Dr. Mark Weber