June 2018 Doctoral Dissertations

Rebecca Gates, Derek Riddle, Beth Gersten, Jennifer Golanics and Elizabeth Sanders will defend their doctoral dissertations this month. We congratulate each of them on all their hard work leading to this momentous day.


June 18, 2018 • 10 a.m. • CEB 315A

Candidate: Rebecca Gates, Educational Psychology & Higher Education
Dissertation Title:
“Having or Serving: Perceptions of HSIs”
Committee Members:
Dr. Doris L. Watson, Chair
Dr. Kimberly Nehls
Dr. Stefani Relles
Dr. Maria Casas, Graduate College Representative


June 18, 2018 • 3 p.m. • CEB 399

Candidate: Derek Riddle, Teaching & Learning
Dissertation Title:
“A Descriptive Exploration of Self-Directed Professional Development”
Committee Members:
Dr. Jori Beck, Co-Chair
Dr. Emily Lin, Co-Chair
Dr. Steven Bickmore
Dr. David Vallett
Dr. Lisa Bendixen, Graduate College Representative


June 19, 2018 • 12:45 p.m. • CEB 315A

Candidate: Beth Gersten, Educational Psychology & Higher Education
Dissertation Title:
“Learning Communities and Early Student Success”
Committee Members:
Dr. Vicki Rosser, Chair
Dr. Alice Corkill
Dr. Nathan Slife
Dr. Helen Neill, Graduate College Representative


June 22, 2018 • 9:30 a.m. • CEB 315A

Candidate: Jennifer Golanics, Educational Psychology & Higher Education
Dissertation Title:
Malingering Undetected Successfully: Does Extrinsic Motivation and Coaching Have a Significant Impact?
Committee Members:
Dr. E. Michael Nussbaum, Chair
Dr. Dana Bickmore
Dr. Scott Loe
Dr. Joseph Morgan, Graduate College Representative


June 25, 2018 • 1 p.m. • CEB 236

Candidate: Elizabeth Sanders, Educational Psychology & Higher Education
Dissertation Title:
A Qualitative Study of School Psychologists’ Perception and Interpretation of Their Professional Identity
Committee Members:
Dr. Scott Loe, Chair
Dr. Sam Song
Dr. Steve McCafferty
Dr. Cori More, Graduate College Representative