Congratulations, 2017 Summer & Fall Doctoral Graduates!

Dean Kim Metcalf and the College of Education proudly congratulate our 2017 Summer & Fall Doctoral Graduates! We wish you luck and continued success and as you forge forward in your careers.


Educational & Clinical Studies

Joice M. Higa, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Instructional Math Technology in Secondary Special Education: Teacher-Reported Practices and Perceptions
Advisor: Joseph Morgan, Ph.D.

Mona Nasir-Tucktuck, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: The Effects of Distributed Trials on the Behaviors of Students with Significant Disability
Advisor: Joshua Baker, Ph.D.

Rebecca C. Norton, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Investigating the Use of Structured Self-determination Curriculum with Students with Gifts and Talents
Advisor: Kyle Higgins, Ph.D.

Samantha Riggelman, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Self-Monitoring: A Behavioral Intervention for Children Attending Head Start
Advisor: Joseph Morgan, Ph.D.

Dominique Marie Tetzlaff, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Using Mobile Technology to Increase the Math Achievement and Engagement of Students with Disabilities
Advisor: Joseph Morgan, Ph.D.

Janet C. Van Heck, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: The Relationship Between Roles and Responsibilities of Co-teachers and Co-teacher Self-efficacy
Advisor: Cori More, Ph.D.

Educational Psychology & Higher Education

Laura Wilcox Yavitz, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Vertical Transfer and Baccalaureate Completion for Adult Community College Students: Milestones and Momentum Points That Matter
Advisor: Vicki J. Rosser, Ph.D.

Teaching & Learning

Fawn Elise Canady, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: “Already Writers”: A Case Study in Assessment and Visual Rhetoric Connections in Digital Multimodal Composition
Advisors: Marilyn McKinney, Ph.D. (Emeritus) and Chyllis Scott, Ph.D.

Sandra L. Candel, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Reverse Migration: Documenting How the Educational Experiences of Transnational Youth in Mexican Schools Are Shaped by Parental Deportation
Advisor: Christine Clark, Ed.D.

Lina DeVaul, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: A Study of Strengthening Secondary Mathematics Teachers’ Knowledge of Statistics and Probability Via Professional Development
Advisors: Jeffrey Shih, Ph.D. and Travis Olson, Ph.D.

Shahla Fayazpour, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Co-Navigating the U.S. Educational System: A Multiple Case Study of the Social and Academic Pressures Experienced by Iranian Immigrant Parents and Their 1.5-Generation Immigrant Children
Advisor: Christine Clark, Ed.D.

Sergio Guzman, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Student Expectations and Motivation in Spanish for Heritage Speakers Programs
Advisor: Steven McCafferty, Ph.D.

Pamela A. Maher, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Using Two Simulation Tools to Teach Concepts in Introductory Astronomy: A Design-Based Research ApproachAdvisors: Hasan Deniz, Ph.D. and Janelle M. Bailey, Ph.D. (Temple University)

Refika Turgut, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Case Studies of Teach for America Teachers’ Teacher Identity Development in Relation to English Language Learners
Advisor: Steven McCafferty, Ph.D.

Robert P. Walker, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: The Relationship Between African-American Male Education and Employment Opportunities Through the Lenses of Critical Race Theory and Stereotype Threat in the Historical Context of the 1965 Moynihan Report
Advisor: Christine Clark, Ed.D.

Tonya E. Walls, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Race, Resilience, and Resistance: A Culturally Relevant Qualitative Examination of How Black Women School Leaders Advance Racial Equity and Social Justice in U.S. Schools
Advisor: Christine Clark, Ed.D.