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Thesis and Dissertation defense announcements

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Candidate PresentingChair of the CommitteeDate/Time/LocationTopic
Jen Veach
Ed.D. in K-12 Administration
Kristin HugginsMay 24, 2021
Noon
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
Childhood Trauma: A Qualitative Case Study of Elementary Educators' Attitudes and Perceptions
Sonia Lopez-Lopez
Ph.D. in Education (Language and Literacy Education)
Joy EgbertMay 14, 2021
1:30 P.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
Differentiating Instruction for Heritage Speakers of Spanish
Pruksapan Bantawtook
Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Technology
Joy EgbertMay 13, 2021
12:45 P.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
Task Engagement in Higher Education
Wanyoung Ha
M.A. in Sport Management
Yong Chae RheeMay 6, 2021
10:00 A.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
The Impact of Different Types of NFL’s Corporate Social Responsibility on Behavioral Intentions Among Generation Z Fans
Anwar Alsalamah
Ph.D. in Special Education
Marcus PoppenApril 23, 2021
10:30 A.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
Exploring the Postsecondary Transition Experiences of Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Enrolled at Institutions of Higher Education
Jong Eun Lee
Ph.D. in Educational Leadership
Co-Chairs: Yong Chae Rhee and Sharon KruseApril 22, 2021
3:00 P.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
Factors Predicting Student-Athlete Retention and Attritionin Higher Education: A Meta-Analytic Investigation
David Segoh
Ph.D. in Education (Language, Literacy, and Technology)
Thomas SalsburyApril 22, 2021
3:00 P.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
Analyzing a Group of Doctoral Students Independently Writing a Research Paper Collaboratively Online: A Case Study in a Doctoral Program of Education
Henriette Burns
Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education
Kristin LesseigApril 22, 2021
1:00 P.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
Infusing Empathy into the Engineering Design Process: Girls' Interest and Sense of Belongingness in STEM
Caroline Ojeme
Ph.D. in Special Education
Yun-Ju HsiaoApril 21, 2021
10:00 A.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
Parental Perceptions of Early Intervention Services Provided and Needs for Young Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Multiple Case Study in Nigeria
Olufunso Oje
M.A. in Educational Psychology
Olusola AdesopeApril 19, 2021
2:30 P.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
The Effects of Hands-On Learning on Stem Student Motivation: A Meta-Analysis
Sarah Sevedge
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
Phyllis ErdmanApril 15, 2021
10:00 A.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
Critical Examination of the DSM-5 Criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Michael Schacter
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
Hsin-Ya LiaoApril 14, 2021
Noon
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
Emerging Adults Perceptions' of Help-Seeking Stigma from Parents and Peers
Yue Huang
Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Technology
Thomas SalsburyApril 1, 2021
3:00 P.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
Grandparents' Beliefs about and Intention to Be Involved in Grandchildren's Play: A Study in China
Tao Hao
Ph.D. in Education (Language, Literacy, and Technology)
Co-Chairs: Yulia Ardasheva and Thomas SalsburyMarch 30, 2021
2:00 P.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
Technology-Assisted Vocabulary Learning for EFL Learners
David Alpizar
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology
Brian FrenchMarch 26, 2021
9:30 A.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
A Systematic Review and Evaluation of Testlet Response Theory Models
Katie Reilly
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology
Olusola AdesopeMarch 23, 2021
1:30 P.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
Exploring the Impacts of Academic Support Interventions for Undergraduate Students on Academic Probation
Callie Palmer
Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Social Though in Education
John LupinacciMarch 11, 2021
11:00 A.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
Troubling My Settler Past: A Critical History of Whitman County
Yustinus Calvin Mali
Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Technology
Thomas SalsburyMarch 11, 2021
10:00 A.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
CRITICAL FRIENDSHIPS IN A FACE-TO-FACE LANGUAGE TEACHING CLASS AND AN ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS ENGLISH WRITING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Lauralea Edwards
Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education
AG RudFebruary 17, 2021
8:00 A.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
EXPLORING EQUITY AND ACCESS IN SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS USING MACHINE LEARNING: A MIXED METHODS APPROACH
Josue Guadarrama
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
Brian McNeillJanuary 6, 2021
11:00 A.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
RESILIENCE AND PERSISTENCE OF UNDOCUMENTED COLLEGE LATINX STUDENTS IN RURAL AREAS
Ashley Vaughan
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology
Kira CarbonneauDecember 10, 2020
10:00 A.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
Service Learning in Undergraduate Education: A Collective Case Study and Meta-Analysis
Jenne Schmidt
Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education
John LupinacciDecember 2, 2020
9:00 A.M.
Zoom Available Upon Request to gradstudies@wsu.edu
(De)constructing Nature and Disability through Place: Towards an Eco-Crip Politic