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EDLD Dissertation Defenses

The following are a list of defended or scheduled Educational Leadership Defenses during the 2023-2024 Academic Year.

NameDefenseTitleDate/TimeLocation/LinkCommittee
Misty DuncanProspectus DefenseEducator Perceptions of Crisis Frequency and Levels of Preparedness in Rural Schools4/25/2024
2:00 p.m.
Closed DefenseDr. Juliann Sergi McBrayer (Chair)
Dr. Antonio P. Gutierrez de Blume
Dr. Eric Landers
Dr. Chad Posick
Sharon KomaneckyFinal DefenseImpact of Dual Enrollment Program Models on College Student Readiness, Persistence, and Retention in Secondary and Post-Secondary Environments4/18/2024 
2:00 p.m.
ZoomDr. Juliann Sergi McBrayer (Chair)
Dr. Richard Cleveland
Dr. Barry Dotson
Issac TaylorFinal DefenseSelf-Authorship Among First-Generation Learners: A Qualitative Study4/4/2024
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
ZoomDr. Brandon Hunt (Chair)
Dr. Pamela Wells
Dr. Steven Tolman
Jason TrotterProspectus DefenseExploring Teacher Perceptions: A Comparative Analysis of Departmentalized and Self-Contained Instructional Models in First and Second Grades4/9/2024
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Closed DefenseDr. Dan Calhoun (Chair)
Dr. Pamela Wells
Dr. Taylor Norman
Mitchell EverettFinal DefenseExploring Black Queer Doctoral Students’ Experiences with Utilizing Campus Services4/04/2024
10:00 a.m.
ZoomDr. Elise Cain (Chair)
Dr. Peggy Shannon-Baker
Dr. Kip Sorgen
Dr. Marla Bruner
Holly HamiltonProspectus DefenseThe Impact of Financial Wellness on Student Success01/09/2024
10:00 a.m.
Closed DefenseDr. Elise Cain (Chair)
Dr. Antonio Gutierrez de Blume
Dr. Steven Tolman
Gregory QuinetPre-Prospectus DefenseKey Stakeholders’ Perceptions of Academic and Professional Attributes of Entrepreneurship Faculty12/06/2023
10:00 a.m.
Closed DefenseDr. Julie McBrayer (Chair)
Dr. Cordelia Zinskie
Dr. Steven Tolman
Ron HardingProspectus DefenseCorequisite Remediation, Academic Mindset, and Success in College11/06/2023
2:00 p.m.
Closed DefenseDr. Juliann McBrayer (Chair)
Dr. Bryan Griffin
Dr. Steven Tolman
Cynthia GunnerFinal DefensePromoting the Positive: A Case Study of the Influence of School Climate on One Turnaround School From 2016-202211/01/2023
10:00 a.m.
ZoomDr. Elise Cain (Chair),
Dr. Meca Williams-Johnson,
Dr. Jennifer Perry
Will ThigpenFinal DefenseAssessing the Fidelity of School-Level Professional Learning Community Implementat-ion11/01/2023
9:00 a.m.
ZoomDr. Juliann Sergi McBrayer (Chair),
Dr. Cordelia Zinskie
Dr. Kitty Crawford
Theresa DuggarFinal DefenseExamining Second-Year Retention: Student Perceptions of Campus Resources for Sophomores10/31/2023
9:00 a.m.
COE 3164Dr. Daniel Calhoun (Chair),
Dr. Pamela Wells
Dr. Chris Caplinger
Michael MoranFinal DefenseThe Relationship Between Academic Advising and Students’ Completion of Corequisite Gateway Courses10/23/2023
1:00 p.m.
ZoomDr. Steven Tolman (Chair), Dr. Antonio Gutierrez de Blume,
Dr. Daniel Calhoun,
Dr. Damon Andrews
Donald WilcherPre-Prospectus DefenseEducators’ Perceptions on Professional Development Needs in a Rural Southeastern School District10/11/2023
3:00 p.m.
Closed DefenseDr. Juliann McBrayer (Chair),
Dr. Antonio P. Gutierrez de Blume,
Dr. Alexandra J. Reyes
Samuel NicholsFinal DefenseSupports and Services to Improve Academic Success of High School Student Athletes10/09/2023
10:00 a.m.
ZoomDr. Patricia Holt (Chair),
Dr. Antonio P. Gutierrez de Blume,
Dr. Kip Sorgen
Sarah EganPre-ProspectusAssessing Student’s Perceptions of Timeliness of Feedback During an Accelerated Pre-Clerkship Medical Curriculum10/04/2023
10:30 a.m.
Closed DefenseDr. Steven Tolman (Chair),
Dr. Cordelia Zinskie,
Dr. Lydia Cross
Misty DuncanPre-ProspectusEducator Perceptions of Crisis Frequency and Preparedness in Rural Schools09/29/2023
10:00 a.m.
Closed DefenseDr. Juliann Sergi McBrayer (Chair), Dr. Antonio P. Gutierrez de Blume, Dr. Chad Posick, Dr. Eric Landers
Tammy JacobsPre-ProspectusTeacher Attrition During and After a Pandemic: A District’s ‘New Normal’09/25/2023
10:00 a.m.
Closed DefenseJuliann Sergi McBrayer, (Chair),
Antonio Guiterrez de Blume
Taylor Norman
Samuel NicholsFinal DefenseSupports and Services to Improve Academic Success of High School student Athletes07/25/2023
10:00 a.m.
ZoomPaul Brinson, (Chair),
Antonio Gutierrez De Blume,
Patricia Holt
Current Ed. Leadership Dissertation Defenses

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Last updated: 4/5/2024