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Dissertations/Capstones from 2024

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The Manifestation of Elementary Teachers’ Mathematical Identities: An Explanatory Mixed Methods Study, Kyle Brun

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Educators' Experiences of Childhood Trauma Infiltrating the Classroom: A Mixed Methods Study, Paige Dea

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Waiting on the World (of Allied Healthcare) to Change: How Undergraduate Preparedness Curriculum Dis/Includes Ability, Brianna Donnelly

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Differentiated Instruction: A Qualitative Study Focusing on the Voices of Elementary Teachers and Their Needs, Suzanne S. Fanelle

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Examining Pre-service Teachers’ Learning Experiences Utilizing Different Modes of Case Studies and their Perceived Self-Efficacy in Trauma Informed Instruction, Michelle Fisher

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Understanding the Experiences of a First Grade Class with Explicit Phonics Instruction: A Qualitative Case Study, Haley Fry

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Understanding Students’ Cognitive Processes While Evaluating Online Sources: A Mixed Methods Study, Julia Lennox

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Applying Executive Function for the Sake of Well-Being: A Case Study of Gifted Middle School Students, Erika Lucas

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Stories of Dismantling Whiteness in Social Work Educational Spaces, Jeanean Mohr

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Navigating Post-College Career Paths: Perspectives on Career Identity and Self-Efficacy from Autistic Alumni, MaryEllen Stephens

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Pennsylvania K-8 General Education Teachers’ Perceptions of Preparedness for the Inclusion of Students with Autism: A Mixed Methods Study, Erica Tate

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Surviving Pandemic Practicum: Early Career Music Teachers' Perceived Self-Efficacy Following the COVID-19 Pandemic, Aubree Pacifico Windish

Dissertations/Capstones from 2023

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Equitable Funding for Trauma Informed Social Policy: A Critical Analysis of the 2019-2020 Pennsylvania Department of Education School Safety and Security Grant Program, heather bickley

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“Like a Whole Thing”: Dialogic Sensemaking in One Sixth Grade Classroom, Catherine Bienkowski

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Liberatory Language Instruction: A Dusselian Self-Study, Renee Burgos

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Examination of Intramural Sport Officials’ Training, Development and Performance: A Mixed Methods Study, Daniel Comas

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The Search for Something Better: Narrative Inquiry into Why Women in Non-Faculty Roles Left Higher Education During COVID-19 Pandemic, Amanda Corsi

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Division II College Athletes' Perceptions of Name, Image, & Likeness Compensation: A Mixed Methods Analysis, Eric Frans

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Successful Admissions in a Time of Great Uncertainty: A Case Study of Employees' Perceptions of Employee Well-Being and Emotional Intelligence, Sarah Freed

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Under the Radar: Legislative Intent to Silence Critical Race Theory, Meg Hazel

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Service-Learning Curricula in Eastern Pennsylvania’s K-12 Schools: Educational Decision-Makers’ Experiences Through a Critical Lens, Megan Jerabek

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Navigating the Financial Aid Application Process: The Voices of First-Generation College Students, Holly Kirkpatrick

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Student Loans, Persistence, and Well-being: The Need to Support Single Mothers in College: A Qualitative Study, Kimberly Lemon

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Student Affairs Professionals’ Experiences Supporting Students through a Grief Loss: A Qualitative Study, Lenora Mitchell

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Tell Me Your Story: Utilizing Photovoice to Explore the Journeys of First-Generation College Graduates, Christina Pantoja Williams

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Eighth Graders’ Approaches to Reading Analysis as Compared with the PSSA’s Application of Common Core Standards, John Phillips

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Innovating Education Through Design Thinking: A Case Study of Problem-Solving Educators, Matthew Pimental

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Familiar Faces and Comfortable Spaces: The Role of the College Union in Fostering Sense of Belonging on a College Campus, Adriane Reilly

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Exploring Sub-Saharan African International Students’ Experiences of Racism within Higher Education Institutions in the United States: A Qualitative Study, Gloria N. Wafula

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Everyone is on Their Phones: Eighth Graders' Struggle with Social Media in School, George Weinhardt

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Animating Faith Development: The Experience of Student Affairs Professionals at U.S. Catholic Colleges & Universities, Sarah Williamson

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Unveiling Sense of Belonging of Lower-Income, First-Generation College Students, Devan Zgleszewski

Dissertations/Capstones from 2022

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Career Longevity in Student Affairs: Implications for New Professionals from a Qualitative Study, Diane R. D'Arcangelo

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Exploring the Tensions between Teacher Beliefs about Integrating Technology: A Case Study, Monica Frank

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From the Shadows to the Spotlight: Centering the Experiences of Faculty with (Invisible) Disabilities, Tiffany Gray

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The Impact of Collegiate Marching Band on the Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies and Capacities of Alumni: A Qualitative Case Study, Adam Gumble

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Yoga, Stress, and College Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mixed Methods Study, Lori Klein

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Online Student Course Engagement in a Developmental Summer Bridge Program: A Mixed Methods Study, Kaitlyn Machcinski

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Ecological Development of Purpose Among Graduating College Students: A Mixed Methods Study, Alexis McCarthy

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Transformational Learning Through a Success Coaching Graduate Assistantship Experience: A Qualitative Case Study, Rita Patel Eng

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Centering Critical Vibes Through Community Immersion: A Mixed Methods Study of Early Grades Teacher Candidates’ Critical Consciousness, Ashley Rowe

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Communicating Effectively: An Exploration of Communication Methods between Parents and Teachers with Mixed Methods, Melanie Solano

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Intermediate Elementary Teachers’ Perception and Use of a Learning Management System in Supporting Effective Teaching and Learning: A Mixed Methods Study, Jennifer Southmayd

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The Emotional Labor of Special Educators: A Mixed Methods Study, Erika Thomas

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Perceptions and Use of Digital Technology by Educators Who Support Students with Disabilities in Public Schools: A Mixed Methods Study, Tammy Thompson-Cooke

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Trauma-Informed Educational Practices in the Middle School Classroom During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Loralynne Yost

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Checking the Box: Evaluating Professional Development Evaluations, Cristin Young

Dissertations/Capstones from 2021

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Mindful Matters; The Efficacy of an Eight-Week Mindfulness Intervention on Boarding School Teacher Burnout, Nicole Campbell

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Challenges and Successes Teachers Experience Educating Incarcerated Youth: A Mixed-Methods Approach, Morgan Crozier

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A Mixed Methods Examination of Elementary Teachers’ Conceptions of Benchmark Reading Assessments, Marie N. Derby Ed. D.

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The Evaluation of a Soft Skills Curriculum in Athletic Training Education: A Mixed Methods Study, Emily Duckett

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More Than Colleagues: Understanding International Higher Education Partnerships During Crisis, Christina M. Kinney

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New Cyber Charter Teachers’ Perceptions of their Induction Program in Preparing them for Online Instruction: A Mixed Methods Study, Courtney Kofeldt

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Mentorship Matters: An Instrumental Case Study of Mentorship in a Student Affairs Graduate Preparatory Program, John Adam Linetty

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The Importance of Peer Engagement and Peer Support Groups on Persistence of Online Law Students: A Mixed Methods Study, Larasz Moody

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Online Instructors’ Use of the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning Design Principles: A Mixed Methods Investigation, Thomas C. Pantazes

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An Exploration of Ethically Challenging Situations Experienced by School Psychologists and Related Outcomes Associated with Those Experiences-A Mixed Methods Study, Janice Pietrowicz

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Code the Code: Surveillance Capitalism, Education, and the Critical Theory of Technology, Robert Rust

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The Strengths and Challenges Perceived by Special Education Teachers of Students with Emotional Disturbance: A Mixed Methods Study, Brittany Severino

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Mass School Closures in the School District of Philadelphia: Personal Narratives and Impacts, Cristina Utti

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Implementing Content Literacy and Disciplinary Literacy: A Mixed Methods Study of Middle School Teachers' Pedagogical Dispositions, Madison Weary

Dissertations/Capstones from 2020

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Negotiating Difference: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Writing Center Interactions Between Peer Tutors and Multilingual Tutees, Lisa DiMaio

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Moments of Reflection: A Phenomenological Study of Preservice Teacher Reflection, Jane Ferris

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Professional Learning Communities in an Elementary School: Teacher Perceptions, Implementation, and Impacts, Michael Garvin

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Creating Project-Based Math Curricula: A Narrative Inquiry, Marcie Hull

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An Exploration of Teachers' Experiences with the Completion of Behavior Rating Scales for Their Students with ADHD, Amy Jenkins

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“Being Yourself”: Self-Determination at a Summer Sports Camp for Youth with Visual Impairments, Maria Lepore-Stevens

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Development of Intercultural Competence and Cultural Empathy in High School Students Participating in a Short-Term Study Abroad Exchange, Jeffrey Mapes

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More Than A Score: The Test-Optional Movement in Higher Education, Lisa Montgomery

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Reframing Professional Learning to Analyze Teacher Practice and Promote System-Wide Change, Jennifer Smerecky

Dissertations/Capstones from 2018

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Developing Comprehension through Read 180: A Study of Students with Specific Learning Disabilities, Donna Cavaliere

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Time to Meet: The Value of Common Planning Time for Middle School Teachers and Paraprofessionals, Shawn Cruice

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The Effects of a Prescribed Executive Functioning Skills Curriculum on the Acquisition and Generalization of Engaged Listening and Organization of 8th Grade Students with Executive Functioning Deficits, Phillip Dakes

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Co-teaching in a Professional Development School Partnership: Case Studies Tell the Story, Rebecca Eberly

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Growth Mindset in Elementary Physical Education: Fifth-Grade Student Perspectives, Timothy Fink

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The Participation Gap: A Mixed Methods Study of Racial Inequalities in Extracurricular Activities in a Predominantly White School District, Chris Lunardi

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An Analysis of Trends Across Variables in Placement and Referral Decisions for Students Placed in a Center-Based Emotional Support Program, Donald Mangan

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Teacher Practices, Perceptions, and Rationale Surrounding Homework, Jamie Mozzone

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Parental Involvement in Their Child's Individualized Education Program Process and Student Progress as Measured by Reading Fluency – A Correlational Analysis, Christine Murrin

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Heritage Language Maintenance: The Experience of Fifth-Grade Students with Formal Academic Spanish Language Instruction, Natalie Ortega-Moran

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Middle School Teacher Attributes That Foster Engagement, Adam Penning

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Feminism and Critical Literacy in an All-Boys School, Cara Saraco

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The Impact of Peer Mentoring on Undergraduate Music Major Mentee Self-Efficacy and Retention, Ralph Sorrentino

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Leading Instructional Change with Technology: A Multiple Case Study, Nora Wheeler