Dissertation Database

As the culminating experience of their graduate programs and with the guidance of the faculty, PhD students in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis are producing dissertations which contribute to the knowledge base regarding education and offer important insights about improving educational practices and policies. Listed below are ELPA PhD graduates with links to their dissertations.

8/2020 Julie Kallio
Solving Problems Together: Findings from the Early Stages of a Networked Improvement Community

8/2020 Brit Wagner
New Landing, New Transition: A Phenomenological Investigation of the International Student Arrival Experience

8/2020 Robert DeMeuse
Check Yes or No: Identifying Factors that Predict Rural Wisconsin Public School District Referendum Passage

5/2020 Andrew Erdmann
Out of the Closet: Examining Residence Hall Climate at a Large Public Research Institution for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Queer+ Students

5/2020 Daniel Corral (not available in data base)

5/2020 Carmen Bartley
Creating Access to Meaningful Resources and Relationships: Critical Brokerage Practices in a Public Elementary School

5/2020 Cassidy Kist
Opening the Door? How Wisconsin School Districts Respond to Increased Mathematics Graduation Requirements and Its Impact on Students’ Educational Opportunities

12/2019 John Harper
Habits of Mind of District Administrators: An Exploratory Study

12/2019 Ning Sun (not available in data base)

12/2019 SoHee Hyun
Challenges Facing Immigrant Transfer Students Persisting in American Higher Education

12/2019 Taylor Weichman
Cultivating 21st Century Learners through Facilitation of Adventure-Based Education

8/2019

Gwendolyn Baxley

not available in data base

8/2019

Yeseul Choi

Pathways of Academic Resilience: Exploring the Multiple Developmental Trajectories of Low-income Students During Early Education

6/2019

Boeun Choi

Attributes of Living-Learning Communities that Contribute to College Students’ Learning

6/2019

Heather Roth

The Intersection of Equity Systems Change and African American Student Success

5/2019

Jamila Lee-Johnson

I Am Becoming: Understanding the Experiences of Undergraduate Black Women at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Elected Student Leadership Positions

5/2019

Candance Weidensee

How School Leaders Support the Development of Growth Mindsets in Teachers to Benefit Diverse Students

5/2019

Aaron Engel

not available in data base

5/2019

Rachelle

Clardy-Brown

The Elementary Principal’s Role in Professional Development and Learning Communities: How to Support Continual Professional Growth

5/2019

Jody Hare

The Return of Near-Completers to Higher Education for Degree Completion: Adult Students Seeking Closure

5/2019

Brittany

Ota-Malloy

Nothing to Lose But Our Chains: Voices of Black Women’s Activist Experiences on a Predominantly White Campus

2018-2019 ELPA Higher Education Dissertation of the Year

5/2019

Hyoung Joon Park

Practices Used by STEM Faculty for Gathering Formative Student Feedback: Beyond Traditional Student Evaluation

5/2019

Jeffrey Fleig

The Roles and Practices of the Superintendent in Equity Systems Change

5/2019

Shannon Anderson

Principal and Teacher Collaboration for Social Justice in Predominately White, Affluent Schools

5/2019

Angela Montpas

African American Parent Perspectives on Positive Relationships with Their Children’s Teachers

5/2019

Charles Wiza

High School Students’ Sense of Belonging in Relationship to Inclusive Practices

5/2019

Nnabugwu Ekwelum

Education’s Silent Exodus: A Critical Exploration of Race & the Shortage of Black Men in the Teaching Profession

5/2019

Benjamin Burns

The Role of Identity Development in Principal Responses to Staff Resistance to Equity

2018-2019 ELPA K12 Dissertation of the Year

1/2019

Laura Sangroula

School Leaders Who Cultivate a Mutually Reinforcing Learning Environment in Schools with

Spanish-speaking English Language Learners

5/2018

Chelsea Blackburn-Cohen

Globalization and the Mobility of Ideas: A Critical Account of Academics in Exile at Colleges and Universities in the United States

5/2018

Janelle Ramsel

Addressing the 1:4 with IX in the B1G: How the Big 10 Interprets Federal Guidance into Student-on-Student Title IX Sexual Assault Policies

5/2018

Sheltreese McCoy

Where Is My Place?: Queer and Transgender Students of Color Experiences in

Cultural Centers at a Predominantly White University

8/2017

Jihye Kam

Role of institutional diversity : student affinity for preferred college major

8/2017

Tangela Blakely Reavis

College choice interrupted or facilitated : a qualitative case study examining how social class and schools structure opportunity for students in urban high schools

5/2017

Michelle

Weisrock

Professional learning in high achieving elementary schools

5/2017

Maurielle Amechi

not available in data base

5/2017

Kelly Wickersham

Where to go from here ? toward a model of community college students’ decision-making around postsecondary pathway selection

8/2017

Van Lac

Centering Student Voice: Doing Participatory Action Research Alongside Minoritized Youth

5/2017

Alexis Bourgeois

A Community Development Corporation and the cultivation of educational opportunity

5/2017

Adam Ross Nelson

Learning and development as a result of student conduct administration

5/2017

Sandra Kiddoo

Exploring Associate Degree Outcomes of Stacked Credential Models at Two-Year Colleges

5/2017

Ramon Ortiz

The Latino male educational trajectory : a precollege econometric model and 21st century implications

12/2016

Miao-Ching Liu

Conformity, resistance, and gaming : the impact of world university ranking on faculty scholarship at a Taiwanese university

12/2016

Anne Lang

Characteristics of human resource management systems that promote inclusive practices

12/2016

Charity Chandler

Factors contributing to and militating against retention of gay & lesbian faculty : faculty perspectives

12/2016

Laura Wartman Bloker

The Perceptions of Team Members on the Use of Data in Placement Decisions for Students with Disabilities

12/2016

Susan Wenker

Factors contributing to and militating against physical therapists’ decisions to work with older adults

12/2016

Dominique Bradley

Lost in Translation? An Investigation of the Pre-service to Classroom Experience

11/2016

Sara Cutler

White Teacher, Black Students: Racializing Successful Mathematical Pedagogy

8/2016

Christopher Sadler

Supporting beginning general education teachers in meeting the needs of a diverse classroom : a study of induction practices

8/2016

Deniece Dortch

Interrupting the usual : African-American doctoral students experiencing race at a predominantly white institution

8/2016

Ken Bates

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program’s impact on college preparation : the student perspective.

8/2016

Mankah Zama

Sticks, stones, and digital phones : the legal implications of K-12 bullying

8/2016

James Finley

Experienced school leaders and continued learning

8/2016

David Perrodin

How educational administrators prepare schools for high-stakes safety situations : a focus on elementary schools in rural and suburban contexts

8/2016

Desiree Alva

Understanding Latino students’ sense of belonging in engineering : the impact of institutional agents at one predominantly White institution

8/2016

Valyncia Raphael

Expanding the single story : Black female athlete experiences playing country club sports at a predominantly white institution

8/2016

Hyekyung Lee

Nontraditional-age students and college completion : exploring the holistic effects of institution, family, and work

5/2016

Se Woong Lee

Pulling back the curtain : the relationship between teacher quality and students’ educational outcomes

5/2016

Lisa Steinkamp

Cultivating post-secondary opportunity and service : youth and young adult perspectives on a high school leadership program

5/2016

Sandra Garbowicz David

Hiring practices in high performing schools

12/2015

Nathan Wills

How people learn in K-8 blended learning Catholic schools : floating, failing, and filling Tetris gaps

8/2015

Tetyana Schneider

Hmong American students who majored in STEM in two-year colleges in the Midwest : experiences before, during, and outside of college which contribute to their development as global citizens

8/2015

Cassandra Schug

The role of the superintendent in system-wide success for pre-K-12 English Language Learners

8/2015

Sun Young Yoon

Causal mediation mechanisms in inquiry-based science professional development

8/2015

Melodie Wyttenbach

The educational experience of DACAmented students : utilizing capitals to confront barriers and navigate the American educational experience.

5/2015

Morna Foy

An exploration of institutionalized structures as employer engagement strategies in the Wisconsin Technical College System

5/2015

Todd Gray

ABC for the ABC’s : can ABC/M improve budget allocations and cost efficiencies in a Wisconsin public school district to help sustain educational programming?

5/2015

Madhu Verma

My voice, My Choice : reflections from second generation Asian Indian American college women

5/2015

Bradley Piazza

How do technical college leaders initiate and implement change to facilitate comprehensive internationalization at their campuses?

5/2015

Sharon Contreras

School-wide organization, structures, and processes used to achieve high performance : a multicase study of high-poverty elementary schools with high percentages of students of color

5/2015

Amy Zelenski

Theatre-based Empathy Training in Medicine: Exploring the Spaces In Between

5/2015

Peter Wilson

Advancing Opportunities for All Students: Superintendent Leadership Teams in High-Achieving School Districts

5/2015

Rob Manzke

Attributes of Innovative Global Citizenship Programs at Mid-Sized Public Universities

5/2015

Meg Filkins

YouTube as a K-12 Professional Learning Tool: What New Media Videos Can Teach Educators About RtI and PBIS