Learn more about each of their dissertations below. If you would like to attend an upcoming dissertation defense, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous Dissertation Defenses
Nikki Dang | Thu., Feb. 18, 11am
Dissertation: “When ASCA and MTMDSS Merge: A Case Study on Counselor Capacity and the Implementation and Monitoring of Tier Two Interventions”
Committee: Dr. Rebeca Burciaga, Dr. Dolores Mena, and Dr. Brooke Chan
Jennifer Izant Gonzales | Mon., Feb. 22, 11am
Dissertation: “The Effectiveness of California’s System of Support, Specifically the Dashboard and Differentiated Assistance, as Perceived by the County Office of Education, Court and Community School Administrators”
Committee: Dr. Senorina Reis, Dr. Arnold Danzig, and Dr. Jennifer Ann
Anne Tran | Mon., Mar. 1, 3pm
Dissertation: “The Impacts of Cell Phones and Social Media Usage on Students’ Academic Performance”
Committee: Dr. Robert Gliner, Dr. Colette Rabin, and Dr. Dotty McCrea
Carrie Bosco | Fri., Mar. 5, 10am
Dissertation: “Administrator Stress and Wellbeing: Lessons Learned from Retired Administrators”
Committee: Dr. Arnold Danzig, Dr. Robert Gilner, and Dr. Joseph Rudnicki
Richard Ruiz | Mon., Mar. 29, 6pm
Dissertation: “Unresolved Issue in Education: Disproportionate Disciplining of Hispanic Students in Education”
Committee: Dr. Senorina Reis, Dr. Rosalinda Quintanar, and Dr. Robert Bravo
Gerald Nwafor | Thu., Apr. 1, 12pm
Dissertation: “Corporal Punishment in Eastern Nigeria”
Committee: Dr. Robert Gliner, Dr. Emily Slusser, and Dr. Analiza Filion
Mara Hofmeister Williams | Mon., Apr. 5, 11am
Dissertation: “The Effects of Academic Performance, Demographic Characteristics, and Work and Personal Experiences on Admissions to a Clinical Laboratory Science Training Program”
Committee: Dr. Grinell Smith, Dr. Colette Rabin, and Dr. Suzanne Campbell
Tricia Ryan | Tue., Apr. 6, 10am
Dissertation: “Subaltern Leadership Epistemologies: A Phenomenological Study of Filipinx Administrative Leaders in Higher Education”
Committee: Dr. Bradley Porfilio, Dr. Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, Dr. Lauren Hoffman
Taunya Jaco | Fri., Apr. 9, 11am
Dissertation: “Fidelity at the Forefront: The Fight for Ethnic Studies”
Committee: Dr. Robert Gliner, Dr. Roxana Marachi, and Dr. Theodorea Berry
Joseph Bosco | Thu., Apr. 15, 10am
Dissertation: “An Analysis of Job Stress as Experienced by Public School Site Administrators”
Committee: Dr. Arnold Danzig, Dr. Robert Gliner, and Dr. Joseph Rudnicki
Ivan Alcaraz | Thu., Apr. 22, 4pm
Dissertation: “Closing the Gaps: Understanding and Disrupting Deficit Thinking and Exclusionary Discipline Practices in a Latinx School”
Committee: Dr. Marcos Pizarro, Dr. Noni Reis, Dr. Joe Jaconette
Michael Mansfield | Mon., Apr. 26, 3:30pm
Dissertation: “The Impacts of Self-Efficacy and Academic Mindset on Middle School Math Achievement for At-Promise Youth: An Explanatory Study”
Committee: Dr. Brent Duckor, Dr. Roxana Marachi, and Dr. Cheryl Roddick
Our semi-annual SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase highlights our undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students while they’re on their journeys to becoming transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders under our college’s four priority areas: community-engaged, culturally sustaining, holistic, and interdisciplinary.
Our Spring 2021 Learning Showcase will take place virtually on Friday, May 14, from 4-6:30pm and will include presentations and panels focused on topics such as:
Action Research/Intervention for Students with Disabilities
Communication, Covid & Complications
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Perspectives in Research
Emancipatory Education Now
Perceptions and Special Education
Systematic Review of Interventions and Supports for Students with Disabilities
Understanding the Importance of Intentional Breaks to Relax, Reflect, and Refocus
Congratulations to Child and Adolescent Development faculty Ellen Middaugh, who was selected by the SJSU Office of Research and Innovation to receive the Early Career Investigator Award! Dr. Middaugh and her team of Student Research Assistants – George Franco, Kristen Huey, and Kristina Smith – research how youth utilize social media platforms to empower their voices, promote community and encourage civic engagement. Watch the recognition video below that was shown during the SJSU Celebration of Research.
Congratulations to recent Communicative Disorders & Sciences alumni Grace Shefcik, whose thesis “Assessment of Non-binary Individuals’ Self-perception of Voice” was selected for the annual SJSU Outstanding Thesis Award! This award is given by the College of Graduate Studies to one student whose thesis was published in May, August or December of 2020, or provisionally approved for publication in May 2021. The winner of the Outstanding Thesis Award receives $1,000 as well as a special recognition during commencement.
The Lurie College of Education is pleased to offer up to three student-research awards for the 2021-2022 academic year to support students, mentored by a faculty mentor, on a student-initiated research project. These awards are designed to support student-faculty collaboration on an on-going or proposed research project related to the student’s major. Students can receive an award of $2,000 per semester and $4,000 a year. Apply for a research award via this Google form.
Student Research Supplies Grant | Apply by Mon., May 3
Undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students are eligible to apply for up to one $200 grant per fiscal year (July 1 – May 31) towards expenses for research supplies to conduct their academic research. A limited amount of funding is available. To apply for a Lurie College Student Research Supplies Grant, please download and complete this brief form (PDF).
Strategic Plan Grant | Apply by Mon., Mar. 29
We are pleased to announce the request for proposals (RFP) for our 2021-22 Lurie College Strategic Plan Seed Grants. Lurie College’s Strategic Plan Seed Grants are designed to advance the priorities articulated in our strategic plan. All faculty, staff, and students in our Lurie College community are eligible to apply for seed grant funding. Initial draft proposals are due Monday, March 29. Submit your grant proposal by completing this Google form. If you have questions about these grant opportunities, please email email@example.com.
Lurie College has a limited amount of grant funds available to support its students who have experienced an unforeseen financial hardship that will prevent them from continuing their enrollment at Lurie College and SJSU. If you are a Lurie College undergraduate, graduate, credential, or doctoral student who has experienced this type of hardship, please complete this brief Google form so that a Lurie College advisor can contact you to discuss this option as well as other possible campus resources.
The SJSU Lurie College of Education provides research awards to support students, mentored by a faculty mentor, on a student-initiated research project to support student-faculty collaboration on an on-going or proposed research project related to the student’s major. Learn about our recent student research award recipients – Alaysia Palmer (Child & Adolescent Development), Paulina Medina (Communicative Disorders & Sciences), and Vinson Vũ (Child & Adolescent Development) as they discuss their experiences with their research projects, faculty mentors, and more.
The Lurie College of Education is pleased to offer up to three student-research awards for the 2021-2022 academic year to support students, mentored by a faculty mentor, on a student-initiated research project. These awards are designed to support student-faculty collaboration on an on-going or proposed research project related to the student’s major. Students can receive an award of $2,000 per semester and $4,000 a year. Apply for a research award by Monday, April 12, at sjsu.edu/education/financial-aid.
Are you a current student interested in assisting with research related to child and adolescent development?
Each semester, ChAD Faculty have a variety of research projects underway. Student Research Assistants are hired by the department to provide faculty with support on their research projects while exposing students to different research methods and topics. Complete this Google form to tell us about your interests and to hear about upcoming opportunities.
The SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase highlights our undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students’ while they’re on their journeys to becoming transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders under our college’s four priority areas: community-engaged, culturally sustaining, holistic, and interdisciplinary. Check out some of the presentations from our Department of Counselor Education graduate students, who developed workshops as part of the School-Family-Community Collaboration course. For the class project, students created a synchronous program that was presented on Zoom. In addition, they created asynchronous materials to complement their program.
The SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase highlights our undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students’ while they’re on their journeys to becoming transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders under our college’s four priority areas: community-engaged, culturally sustaining, holistic, and interdisciplinary. Check out some of the presentations from students in our Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences.
The CD&S Journal Club supports our students efforts to publish research in their field. This session featured two panel discussions about the Journal Club experience, things learned, and advice to others. During the presentation of the panel discussions, attendees were able to chat with the CD&S Journal Club members.
By synthesizing their academic experiences from the semester, Alejandra Romo and Aminah Sheikh led a discussion of a language sample of a four year old child with a stutter, including the effects that the stutter has on her language development along with parent/caregiver cooperation.
Did you miss our Fall 2020 Learning Showcase? Watch the recording of the keynote remarks from Ana Benderas, Director of ELA and Humanities at Quetzal Education Consulting, below and watch the recordings of many of our students’ presentations at sjsu.edu/education/showcase.
Counselor Education Department graduate student Briettny Curtner is seeking research participants for her thesis “Misogynoir – Undergraduate Experiences by Black Females.” The purpose of the study is to provide further research on the impact of systemic racism and sexism on Black and African American women pursuing a bachelor’s degree at SJSU. To learn more about participating, visit bit.ly/ma-research2020.
Join us on Friday, December 4, from 4-7pm to support students from across LurieCollege as they present their research, fieldwork experiences, co-curricular experiences, and more at our semi-annual Learning Showcase! The event will begin with a keynote from Ana Benderas, Director of ELA and Humanities at Quetzal Education Consulting; include a range of student presentations and panels; and conclude with small group discussions and prizes. Learn more about each of the sessions and RSVP at sjsu.edu/education/showcase.
Congratulations to recent Child and Adolescent Development alumni Melody Mann, whose research article “Understanding Child Noncompliance in the Early Care Setting” was published in the SJSU McNair Scholars Program Research Journal! Read the article at bit.ly/32gj4Ba
This study examines how teachers respond to children’s noncompliance in early care settings. This structured observational study will focus on the moment to moment interactions occurring within the preschool classroom between both the child and teacher. It is predicted that (1) teacher’s direct bids to children will promote greater instances of child compliance than indirect bids, and (2) teachers’ responsive language will promote greater instances of child compliance than restrictive language. The results of this study will contribute to existing knowledge about the nature of teacher child interactions in the early care settings.
SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the sixth episode of their podcast, The Book Boat! In this episode, Let’s Have The Conversation, they dive into approaching sensitive topics with students through the book Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice.
At the SJSU LurieCollege of Education, we prepare transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders. We do this through an emancipatory approach across our teaching, scholarship, and service. While this has been a challenging and tumultuous year, our annual report shines a light on the numerous ways that we’ve embodied these principles and the many reasons for gratitude, pride, and hope in the work of our LurieCollege students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Read the 2019-2020 annual report.
Lurie College of Education faculty Robert Marx and Kyoung Mi Choi will conduct training sessions for SJSU faculty, administrators, and staff around LGBTQ+ support and inclusion at SJSU. In preparation for that training, they are seeking current SJSU students who identify as LGBTQ+ to participate in their research about their experiences on campus and in class, as well as their suggestions for how SJSU could be improved. All the data they collect will be confidential, and your name will not be associated with any of your responses. Your responses may be shared with members of our campus community, including professors, staff, and administrators in the College of Education and across campus, but no identifying information will be included. To share your input with Dr. Marx and Dr. Choi, please complete this brief Google form. If you’re taking this survey on a mobile device, please turn it sideways [landscape mode] so that you can see all response options.
SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the fifth episode of their podcast, The Book Boat! In this episode, The Power of Names, they discuss the books The Name Jar and Alma and How She Got Her Name.
My name is Karina Chavez. I am a current SJSU student pursuing my Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development. My career objective is to contribute to a broader understanding that helps bridge inequities in our society by contributing to research that focuses on community well being.
COVID-19 has impacted everyone in different ways. It is important to focus on how Latinx students at San Jose State University are being affected. This study aims to better understand the stressors experienced by Latinx college students during COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place, the academic challenges, and how students cope.
Your participation involves a survey that will take about 15 minutes to complete. The survey inquires about your experiences during the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place. To thank you for participating, you will be eligible to enter a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card. The likelihood of winning a gift card is approximately 60%. Complete the survey at sjsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8wu9DWcU0JGR2TP
SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the fourth episode of their podcast, The Book Boat! In this episode, The Beginning of Conversations Around Race in the Classroom, they discuss books such as Not Quite Snow White and Let’s Talk About Race and discuss critical questions such as:
As part of a collaborative project focusing on the intersections between dual immersion programs and students with disabilities, we are able to offer a student research assistant position. This position is funded for 60 hours of work through the fall and spring 2020-2021 academic year. In compliance with university policy, this position will pay $16/hr. This opportunity will provide you with experience working directly with faculty investigating issues surrounding dual immersion programs and special education, where you will be responsible for helping create a database of research participants, collecting data. While we will be recruiting multiple student volunteers, we also anticipate the person hired for this position to lead activities with other student volunteers.
Benefit to you: Exposure to research, and mentorship plus interdisciplinary experience. It is our desire that the candidate will be enriched and their abilities in conducting research will be expanded. The person selected for this position will have the opportunity to play an active role in the planning and implementation of this research.
Interest in education, social justice and equity issues.
Strong interpersonal communication skills through multiple communication methods (e.g., phone, email).
Familiar with educational institutions (districts, schools, levels of district management/organization).
Data-base management on excel.
Organization and time management skills.
Able to communicate in two or more languages and demonstrate the ability to communicate interculturally.
Have taken/are taking a research methods course.
If you are interested in participating in this project:
Submit this Google Form by Wednesday, September 23, that includes:
A list of references (2-3 references, including one faculty/staff member at SJSU)
A cover letter that describes your interest in participating in this project.
SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the third episode of their podcast, The Book Boat! In this episode, Our Current Favorites, they discuss books such as Planting Stories, Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea, and others. Get connected to future episodes and content on YouTube, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Instagram.
During the Spring 2020 transition to remote teaching and learning, we asked a handful of our Lurie College students to share their insights on learning as they relate to our priority areas – community-engaged, culturally sustaining, interdisciplinary, and holistic. Learn more about Joanna Gaeta, a graduate and credentia student in our Department of Special Education. In this video, Joanna discusses her academic transformation, relationships with her faculty, and new opportunities that opened up as a result.
Watch all of the student features and view some additional course features from our Lurie College Learning Showcase at sjsu.edu/education/showcase
Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life! Video edited by Sydney Ahmadian.
Shoutout to Lurie College Child and Adolescent Development graduate student Dahyeon Jung and faculty Kim Tsai, who were recently featured on the SJSU College of Graduate Studies blog for their working relationship while Dahyeon is completing her thesis! Read the feature at Student-Mentor Spotlight: Dahyeon Jung and Dr. Kim Tsai
Lurie College is proud to provide financial support to its students who are in need of supplies to conduct their academic research. Undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students are eligible to apply for up to one $200 grant per fiscal year (July 1 – May 31) towards expenses for research supplies. A limited amount of funding is available. To apply, download, complete, and submit our Student Research Supplies Application form (PDF).
With the support of a Lurie College Student Research Award, Julia Doan worked with our Supporting Early Education and Development (SEEDs) research team to conduct a study on children’s early understanding of numbers and math. Julia is an undergraduate student who has just completed her Junior year pursuing a ChAD major, with a focus on Community Programming, and a minor in Deaf Education. She is also an active member of our ChAD community and has recently taken on a leadership role in the new Early Childhood Student-Alumni Network (ESAN). “I got a chance to apply the knowledge that I have learned in my classes into research, which helps me retain that knowledge and understand how it applies in real life situations,” said Doan. “I am proud to be a part of the team’s collective study and data collection efforts and I am excited to contribute additional knowledge about number and counting abilities that children have, which can possibly be used by teachers in the future during their teaching practices.” An early report of study findings was presented at the biennial meeting of the Cognitive Development Society and Julia will present a final report at the upcoming Western Psychological Association conference (rescheduled for Fall 2020). This work would not have been possible without Julia and the support of Lurie College.