Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Students from the Lurie College Ed.D Leadership program are defending their dissertations this semester – learn more below!

Radha Aravamudhan | Thu., Mar. 7, 1:30pm, SH 412

“Bridging the English Language Divide and Building Self-Confidence in Dalit Communities: An Exploratory Study in Tamil Nadu, India”

The purpose of this study was to investigate the implementation of a community-based English program in rural India.  Findings shared through a documentary film demonstrated that the asset-based approach of the program had a positive impact on student self-confidence, academic engagement, and upward social mobility.

Committee: Dr. Amy Leisenring, Dr. Robert Gliner, and Dr. Srinivas Naga Chadaram


Annette Renee Kennedy | Wed., Mar. 20, 1:30pm, SH 412
“Students of Black or African American Ancestry in Grades 10th-12th Perceptions of Their Schooling Experiences”

The intent of this study was to gain an understanding of how Black or African American high school students’ engage and interact with staff and peers, bring an awareness of the extent racial microaggressions are experienced, and to raise the level of cultural consciousness within the classroom learning environment.

Committee: Dr. Amy Leisenring, Dr. Megan Thiele, and Dr. Thomas Moriarty


Hyon Chu Yi-Baker | Mon., Mar. 25, 2pm, SH 412
“Civic Engagement and Impact on Asian American Community College Students: Effects on Academic Achievement, Campus Involvement, and Critical Consciousness Development”

This research examines Asian American students at a local community college and the effects of civic participation on their collegiate experience including their motivation for getting involved in civic and leadership opportunities and the impact it has on their academic performance, and development in the areas of their racial identity, leadership, and critical consciousness.

Committee: Dr. Ellen Middaugh, Dr. Funie Hsu, and Dr. John Mosby


Catherine Voss Plaxton | Wed., Mar. 27, 10am, SH 332
“A Text Message Nudge Intervention Designed to Increase Student Professional Development Engagement”

This study examined the effects of an intervention on student professional development engagement (PDE).  A research goal was to assess if status quo bias, the tendency to maintain current decisions and behaviors even when new information emerges and better options are available, is a barrier to PDE.

Committee: Dr. Elaine Chin, Dr. Cara Maffini, Dr. Jennifer Redd


Rebecca O’Brien | Thu., Apr. 8, 4pm, SH 332
“Models of Spiritual Leadership: The Gap Between Policy and Ethics”

This project reviews spiritual leadership and critical spirituality theories and how educational leaders incorporate that spirituality into their practices when making ethical decisions.

Committee: Dr. Kathleen McConnell, Dr. Noni Reis, Dr. Nikki Citerella


Sara Douglas | Tue., Apr. 9, 11:30am, SH 332
“A Look Inside the Black Box: Understanding Communicative Exchanges in Online Learning Environments”

This study utilizes direct observation of students (n=5) along with educator surveys (n=49) to determine if online high school students are participating in academic discourse and peer collaboration activities.  Perceptions of the value, feasibility, constraints, and affordances of these activities are discussed.

Committee: Dr. Emily Slusser, Dr. Mark Felton, Dr. Pamela Cheng


Learn more about the SJSU Lurie College Ed.D Leadership program at sjsu.edu/edd.

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