Samuel Funk Dissertation Kansas State

History of Educational Leadership Emphasis Doctoral Graduates, Advisors and Dissertation Titles


Terry A. Astuto, Advisor
Darcy Rourk1986Staff Development Variables and Their Relationship to Selected Organizational Characteristics: A Case Study.
Linda Edwards1987A Study of the Relationship of Parent Involvement, School Climate, and Student Achievement.
Adrienne Hyle1987Administrative Strategies in Higher Education.
Donna Augustine-Shaw, Advisor
Janet K. Neufeld2016The Superintendent’s Role in Teacher Professional Development.
Roger SyngSummer 2018The Unsung Gay Heroes of American Education: The Gay and Lesbian Educator in View of Civil Rights Legislation.
Gerald D. Bailey, Advisor
Larry Pound1977Retention as a Function of Cognitive Level of Operation, Score on an Acquisition Test, and Feedback Training.
Bill Cross1977The Organization and Developmental Characteristics of Alternative Public High Schools.
Sam Morrow1980An Analysis of the Impact of Public Law 94-142: The Education For All Handicapped Act on Special Education Programs Using Selected Urban Public Schools.
Ahmad Abari Foroughi1983The Effect of Teacher Self-Assessment Training on In-service Teachers in Isfahan, Iran.
Mohnseni-Zonoozi Hashem1983A Survey of Selected United States Universities with University-Wide Television Services, and Recommendations for Implementing a Hypothetical University-Wide Television Service.
Lorna Horton1984Classroom Teacher Utilization and Perceptions of Teacher Self-Assessment Practice.
Harvey Foyle1984The Effects of Preparation and Practice Homework on Student Achievement In Tenth-Grade American History.
John Christ1985The Effect of Direct Supervisory Administrator Help on Teachers Involved in Self-Directed Staff Development.
Ron Fagan1989Staff Development Competencies for School Administrators.
Glenn Coltharp1989The Relationship Between Leadership Behaviors and Instructional Leader Effectiveness of Building Level Administrators.
Larry Combs1990The Change Process and Interactions Involved in Creating School-community Linkages in Selected Schools: A Case Study.
Mary Schroff1990Existing Staff Development Opportunities and Perceived Staff Development Needs for Building-Level Administrators: A Case Study.
Dan Lumley 1991 Research, Development, and Validation of a K-12 Technology Planning Guide for School Administrators. 
Teresa Northern1991Historical, Biographical, and Social Factors that Influence an Educational Organization Undergoing Change.
Sue Adams-Nepote1992Teachers’ Attitudes Concerning the Impact of Integrating Mastery Learning with Selected Emerging Technologies in Instruction.
Thomas Vernon1992An Analysis of the Methods Used to Develop Integrated Learning Systems Courseware.
Gwendolyn Buckley1993The Role of Central Office Administrators in the Context of School-based Decision-making.
Tweed Ross1993Research, Development, and Validation of a Principal’s Handbook for Implementing Technology-based Learning Methods in Information-Age Schools.
Y. Kay Schultz1995Development and Validation of a School Leaders’ Guidebook for Implementing Multimedia in the Classroom.
Terry L. Campbell1996Development of an Application and Handbook Which Supports a Principal’s Access, Management, and Use of Electronic Information.
Kenneth J. Stange1996Using Technology to Create a Learning Organization.
Clark Reinke1997Development and Validation of a Principal’s Staff Development Sourcebook on Leadership for Redesigning Schools with Technology.
Randal E. Bagby1998High-Performance Technology Teams in Learning Organizations: The Research, Development, and Validation of an Educational Leader’s Guide.
Stephen K. Burkholder1998Interdisciplinary Core Learning Involving Technology Education: The Research, Development, and Validation of a Leader Resource Guide.
Robert L. Seymour1998Research, Development, and Validation of a Principal’s Supervision Handbook for Classroom Integration of Information-Age Technology.
Douglas N. Moeckel1999Research, Development, and Validation of Coaching Educational Teams: A Principal’s Handbook.
Kirk M. O'Donnell1999Effectiveness of Multimedia Instruction Delivered by a CD in the Education of Professionals in the Baking Industry.
Jayne W. James2000Developing an Online Professional Development Learning Program: The Research, Development, and Validation of a Technology Leader’s Guide.
Douglas K. Bates2002Implementing an Integrated Library System: The Research, Development, and Validation of an Implementation Handbook.
David W. Pownell2002Implementing Handheld Computers in Schools: The Research, Development, and Validation of a Technology Leader’s Resource Guide.
Max K. Frazier2003The Technology Coordinator in K-12 School Districts: The Research, Development, and Validation of a Technology Leader’s Guide.
Carol M. Holtz2003Guidelines for Public School Participation in the Development of Electronic Communities: The Research, Development, and Validation of a Guide for Educational Leaders.
Beverly A. Schottler2003A Handbook for Dealing with Plagiarism in Public Schools.
Paul C. Martin2004The Research, Development and Validation of a Handbook of Study Modules for Use by District Technology Coordinators in the Attainment of Technical and Educational Skills.
Steve Karlin2005Virtual Schools: A School Leader’s Resource for the Development and Administration of Virtual High School Environments.
Kathy Beougher2005A Handbook for School Administrators to Conduct a Technology Ethics Audit: Research, Development, and Validation.
Michael Ribble2006Implementing Digital Citizenship in Schools: The Research, Development, and Validation of a Technology Leader’s Guide.
Ann Elliott2007Developing Accessible Museum Curriculum: The Research, Development and Validation of a Handbook for Museum Professionals and Educators.
Cari Barragree2007Museum and Public School Partnerships: A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Standards-Based Curriculum Materials in High School Social Studies.
Carol Simoneau2007Communities of Learning and Cultures of Thinking: The Facilitator’s Role in Online Professional Development.
Raymond Doswell2008Building an Evaluation Model to Measure Educational Value of Museum Exhibition Content.
Tara Baillargeon2008Developing eMuseums: Research, Development, and Validation of a Handbook for Museum Professionals.
Kakali Bhattacharya, Advisor
Trisha C. Gott2016Analysis of Discourse and Rhetoric in Performance Measures for Research Institutions in Kansas.
(David Thompson and Mary Tolar,
Teara Lander2017She Just Did: A Narrative Case Study of Black Women Student Leaders at a Predominantly White Institution
Alex Red Corn2017Set the Prairie on Fire: An Autoethnographic Confrontation of Colonial Entanglement.
Maria del Pilar Mejia Velez2017¿Por qué Enseñar Español? The Experiences of Bilingual Teachers Under the Leadership of Monolingual Principals: An Ethnographic Case Study.
Brad NeuenswanderFall 2018A State of Educational Imbalance.
John W. Demand, Advisor
Winford Green1984An Analysis of an In-service Training Program Provided for Auxiliary School Personnel in Topeka Kansas Unified School District.
Robert Hachiya, Advisor
Charles Kipp Summer 2018 A Qualitative Case Study Identifying Leadership Roles and Behaviors that Significantly Impact the Integration of Technology in the Secondary School. 
Gerald S. Hanna, Advisor
Jacqueline Spears1988State Policy and Rural Access to Adult Education.
Michael C. Holen, Advisor
Bob Jones1978Self-Concept, Social Class and School Performance of Selected Black Seventh Grade Children in the Kansas City, Missouri School District.
William Knight1983Consideration, Initiating Structure, and Faculty Perceptions of the Performance of Selected University and College Department Chairpersons/Heads.
James Isch1986Formulating Instructional Missions and Priorities at Kansas State University.
David L. Griffin, Sr.1994Educational Incentive Programs and At-risk Students: An Integration of Research and an Initial Examination of One Incentive Program, Project Choice.
Jacqueline Gatson2015Industry - University Engagement in Multicultural Engineering Programs: An Exploratory Study.
Donald P. Hoyt, Advisor
William Pallett1984The Use of ACT Pre-enrollment Measures to Test Tinto’s Theory of Attrition.
Samuel R. Keys, Advisor
Irving Allen1981A Comparative Study of Alumni Attitude Toward Their Alma Mater at Selected Small Black Church Related Colleges in Texas.
Martha Hughes1981An Investigation of the Aspirations, Attitudes, Apprehensions and Strategies for Success of Selected Women Executives in Business, Government, and Education:  A Case Study.
David Adams1984A Study of Kansas Scholastic Newspaper Content and Management Practices in a First Amendment Context.
Patricia Green1984An Investigation of the Perception of Power:  Male and Female Senior Academic Administrators in Selected Public, Research Universities.
Joseph Clouse1987An Analysis of Kindergarten Students’ Best Time to Learn.
Deborah Jackson1987An Analysis of the Patterns of Corporate Solicitation and Giving within Public Higher Education in Massachusetts. 
Samon Jolly1987Factors Influencing the Administrative Use of Power by College Deans in Maintaining Organizational Resource Control.
Hakim Salahu-Din 1987An Investigation of Campus Perceptions of First-year, Undergraduate Students in Arts and Sciences at a Midwestern, Land-grant University: Considerations in Strategic Planning.
Dale Neeck1987Structure, Management, and Interventions: The St. John Model Applied to Saint Mary’s Academy and College.
Howard M. Kittleson, Advisor
Richard McKittrick1971A Study of Kansas School District Dependence on Property Tax: 1966-1969.
Conrad Dean1972Quantitative Factors Related to the Passage of Kansas School Bond Issues: 1966 to 1971.
Charles E. Litz, Advisor
Birdex Copeland, Jr.1975Faculty Perception of the Professional Role of the Administrator of the Academic Department.
Praagod Kunarak1975An Analysis of Processes for the Development of a Comprehensive Master Plan for Community Education in Thailand.
Willard Dempsey1976An Experimental Study of Audiovisual Counseling Assistance (AVCA) in Survey (Information-Giving) Counseling Interviews.
James Carper1977The Published Opinions of Kansans Concerning Education, 1854-1900.
William Harms1978An Analysis of the Major Issues Confronting the National Collegiate Athletic Association, 1973-1976.
Eric Arubayi1979A Comparative Analysis of Identified Problems as Perceived by Nigerian Students Enrolled in the Regents System of Kansas.
Jimmy Smith1979The Role of the Superintendent as Perceived by Board of Education Chairmen and County Superintendents of Education in the State of Mississippi.
John Bower1982A Participant-Observation Study of Conflict Management in Higher Education.
Hamdi Hulais1982The Interactional Variation of Motivational Factors, Abilities and Support in Relation to Perceived Intensity of Stress Conditions Among Medical Students (Saudi Arabia).
Koon-Hyon Lee1983A Study of Job Satisfaction of Selected Parochial High School Teachers in Kansas.
Savina Schoenhofer1983An Analysis of Managerial Philosophies Held by Department Chairpersons in Biglan Model Clusters.
Ahmad Abou-Helwa1984Macro-planning of Postsecondary Education: A Strategic Plan for Egypt’s Human Resource Development.
Larry Bowser1984The Seaman Teachers’ Strike: A Case Study of the Only Kansas Professional Negotiations Strike.
Sister Mary Conroy1984The Historical Development of the Health Care Ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth.
Saad Alnajim1985Administrators’ Participation in the Decision-making Process: A Case Study of King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia.
Michael Penrod1985Patterns of American Student Activism Since 1950: A Historical Analysis.
Wilbur Burton1987A History of the Mission of Seventh-Day Adventist Education, 1844-1900 (Ellen White).
Dennis Glenn1987A Study of Faculty Development Programs in American Association of Bible Colleges Member Institutions (AABC).
George Harden1987The Perennial Vision: From Cardinal Newman to Mortimer Adler.
Thomas McCahon1987Protestant Fundamentalism: Public Education and the Politics of Regression.
Judith Farmer1988Computer Competencies for School Administrators in Kansas.
John Page1989A Study of Secularistic Trends and Their Effect upon Seven Protestant Colleges of Kansas.
Offie Hobbs1990Job Expectations for New Instrumental Music Teachers as Perceived by Small High School Principals and College Instrumental Music Instructors.
Kenneth Coover1991The Perceptions of Staff Development Practices by Superintendents, Staff Development Coordinators, and Teachers in Kansas Rural/Small Schools.
Etta Allender1992A History of One-Room Public Schools of Saline County, Kansas.
Jane Ball1992A Validation Study of Students’ and Parents’ Perceptions of the Talent of Teachers Selected Using the SRI Teacher Perceiver Interview.
Donna Miles1992A Qualitative Analysis of North Central Association Evaluations of Kansas Community Colleges.
Thomas Lawson1994An Educational History of Osawatomie State Hospital.
Emily R. Long1994Parents and Policy: An Examination of Selected Privately Funded Programs of Parental Involvement in the Education of Inner-city Children of Poverty, 1900-1990.
Angelo Cocolis1995An Educational History and Demographic Study of USD 340 Jefferson West.
R. Craig Hill1995The Historical Development of the Public Schools in Topeka, Kansas, 1854-1980: A Search for Understanding of Topeka’s Educational Roots.
Susan H. Reitz1995The Historical Development of the Salina, Kansas School System, 1861-1970.
Teresa N. Miller, Advisor
Deloyce A. McKee2006Assessing the Background and Training for Delivery of Functional Behavior Assessment at the Application Level in Kansas.
Dawn Weston2010A Study of Student Perceived Effectiveness of the Delivery of Distance Education Instruction at the United States Army Command and General Staff College.
Carey Tresner2010A Case Study to Identify and Describe Instructional Strategies Used in the Eleventh Grade Language Arts Classroom to Assist Disadvantaged Students in Preparing for the State Reading Assessment: A Guide for Administrative Leaders and Eleventh Grade Language Arts Teachers.
Shelley Aistrup2010Implementation Strategies for Effective Change: A Handbook for Instructional Leaders.
Carlene Kaiser2011A Case Study of a Small Kansas Public Charter School to Identify School-level Factors Perceived to Have Contributed to Student Success.
Brian Pekarek2013Kansas School District Leaders' Handbook for Maximizing Nontraditional Donations and Grant Funding.
Richard E. Owens, Advisor
Bert Biles1976Creative Problem-Solving Training for Graduate and Professional Students.
Anita M. Pankake, Advisor
Rita Cook1990A Study of the Awareness and Usage of Effective Staff Development Practices in Kansas.
Gary Schultz1991Factors of Influence on High School Graduates of Northwest Kansas in Selecting Postsecondary Educational Institutions.
Jill Hackett1992An Analysis of Instructional Leadership as Related to School Improvement.
Vern Minor1992An Analysis of Special Education Training Received During University Administrative Preparation Programs for Building Principals in Kansas.
Stephen Neuenswander1992An Analysis of Induction Tactics and Principal Innovation in the State of Kansas.
Barbara Palmer1992Addressing Kindergarten Teachers’ Concerns in the Integration of SMD Students: A Cross-site Case Study.
Tweed W. Ross, Advisor
Scott P. Myers2010A Multiple Regression Analysis of Six Factors Concerning School District Demographics and Superintendent Tenure and Experience in 2007-2008 Schools Relative to Student Achievement on the Third Grade Kansas Reading Assessment.
Trudy A. Salsberry, Advisor
Sara S. Cocolis1998Factors Influencing Parents and Guardians to Enroll Their Students in the Topeka Magnet Schools.
(G. Kent Stewart, Co-Advisor)
Saundra L. Wetig2001“Step Up” or “Step Out?”: Perspectives on Teacher Leadership.
Nancy M. Albrecht2002University Faculty Collaboration and its Impact on Professional Development.
Teri C. Davis2002An Examination of Selected Stakeholders’ Perceptions of the Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions Principals in Public Schools with Early Childhood Programs Should Possess.
Patricia Smiley2005The Development of an Elementary Principal’s Handbook in Implementing Effective Schooling Practices for English Language Learners.
Marcella Kaye Aycock2006The Induction and Mentoring of Beginning Kansas Public School Principals.
Michelle D. Hollenbeck2006A Case Study of Principals' Roles in Rural Kansas Elementary Schools Receiving the Standard of Excellence Award.
Volora Ann Hanzlicek2006The Kansas Alternate Assessment and Instructional Planning for Special Education Teachers: A Case Study of Implications for Students with Severe Disabilities.
Kelline Sue Cox2008Motivational Factors Influencing Women's Decisions to Pursue Upper-Level Administrative Positions in Higher Education.
Sarah E. Hudson2010How Does Formal Leadership Influence a District Content Coaching Program?
Gretchen Revay Esping2010Case Study of Tenure-track Early Career Faculty in a College of Education.
Jeanne L. Stroh2012A Multi-case Study of Five Female Urban Superintendents: Perceptions of Leadership, Change, and Challenges.
Karen S. Duling2012The Principal’s Role in Supporting Professional Learning Communities.
Bridget Stegman2014A Multiple-Case Study Examining Elementary Principals in High-Poverty Schools with Teachers Integrating New Literacies.
Kristy Custer2014A Study of Perceptions of Mothers, Caretakers, and School-Age Children Regarding their Roles in the Educational Experiences of the Children During Maternal Army Reserve Component Deployments.
Jill Gonzalez-Bravo2015Investigating the Development of Possible Selves in Teacher Education:  Candidate Perceptions of Hopes, Fears, and Strategies.
Jessica Elmore2015Exploring Inter - Organizational Relationships in Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Cooperation, Coordination, and Collaboration.
Deborah Howser2015A Multi-Case Study of Principal Practices Supporting Co-Teaching in the Context of the Least Restrictive Environment.
Terrell McCarty2015Planning and Developing Advisory Programs for the Personalization of Education: A Handbook to Guide School Leaders of Large High Schools in Kansas.
Joseph A. Sarthory, Advisor
Lyle Stenfors1971A Study of Alternative Procedures for the Investment of Idle School Monies in Kansas Unified School Districts.
Mike McCarthy1972Correlates of Effectiveness Among Academic Department Heads.
Johnny McCray, Jr.1973Study of Role Perceptions of Minority and Majority Administrators in Selected Secondary Schools in Kansas.
James W. Satterfield, Advisor
Harry Anderson1974Study of Academic Achievement and Attitudes of Selected Salina Public School Students.
Lloyd Norwood1976Community Activities of Elementary School Principals of New Jersey and Louisiana.
James O'Block1976A Comparative Analysis of Attitudes Toward Selected Aspects of School of Delinquents and Non-delinquents as Measured by the Semantic Differential.
Ed Scaggs1977A Study of the Effects of Management by Objectives on the Self-Concept of Headstart Directors and Their Administrative Staff in the State of Missouri.
Robert J. Shoop, Advisor
Leonard Parker1978An Investigation of the Effect of a Six-hour Training Session in Community Education as Perceived by Community College Students Enrolled in Recreation Classes.
Patricia Karasiewicz1980A Descriptive Study of the Attitudes of a Randomly Selected Sample of Community Members Toward Their Local School System.
Robert Docherty1981The Attitudes, Knowledge, and Behavior of Kansas School Superintendents Toward Community Education.
Harriett Johnson1981Perceptions of Parents of Preschool Children Toward Preschool Education.
Harry Muir1982Adaptive/Innovative Behavioral Characteristics of Continuing Education Program Administrators Responsible for the Delivery of Student Services for Off-campus Nontraditional Students.
Timothy Wurtz1982The Effect of an Individualized Enrichment Program on the Self-concept and Behavior of Emotionally Disturbed Institutionalized Adolescents.
Dennis Dunklee1985An Assessment of Knowledge about Tort Liability Law as Possessed by Selected Public School Teachers and Principals.
Hazel Swartz1986A Descriptive/Statistical Analysis of Supplemental Duties and Supplemental Salary Schedules in Kansas, 1984-1986: Effects of Swager v USD 412.
Robert McFrazier1986A Study of Selected Kansas Building Administrators’ Attitude Toward Parental Involvement at the Building Level.
Lynn Firestone1987Teachers’ Knowledge and Attitudes about Child Abuse and Neglect: A Case Study.
Min Shin1988An Analysis of the Variables that Affect the Financial Support of Korea Nazarene Theological College by the Korea Nazarene Church.
Ronald Fielder1989State Initiatives Directed Toward the Improvement of Practicing School Administrators: A Study of Policies.
James Aytes1990An Extended Case Study Analyzing the Legal Issues Involved in the Areas of Teacher Dismissal and Due Process Rights of a Teacher with AIDS.
Charles Mulvenon1990Citizens’ Perceptions of Factors Contributing to Successful Advisory Committees in the Washoe County, Nevada Schools.
Randall Watson1990An Extended Case Study of Legal Problems Confronting School Administrators in the Areas of Student Search and Seizure and Student Freedom of Speech.
Larry Phye1990Comparative Analysis of School Finance Equity under the Kansas School Finance Formula between 1979-1989.
(David C. Thompson, Co-Advisor)
Jacqueline Minor1991An Assessment of Playground Safety in Selected Public Schools.
Larry Anderson1992A Prescriptive Policy Analysis of Kansas Court Interpretations of Teacher Due Process, 1970-1991.
Charlene Einsel1992An Examination of Teachers’ and Counselors’ Knowledge and Attitudes Concerning Child Abuse in a Selected Florida School District.
Wm. J. Flannigan1994The DIAL-R as a Predictor of Subsequent School Success.
Corbin T. Witt1995The Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Conflict Resolution Program in an Elementary School Setting.
Diane E. Wright1995Perspectives of Kansas Educators, Legislators and Community Leaders Toward a Program for Character Education in the Public Schools.
Virginia Moon1997A Process Analysis of Mandated Multicultural Legislation in Nebraska.
Tina E. Seymour1997The Response of Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska to PL 99-451 Part H: Do Flexible Federal Guidelines Lead to Appropriate Implementation?
Becky Cheney1998A Case Study of the Development and Implementation of a Modified Integrated Thematic Instructional Model for Sexual Harassment Prevention.
Linda M. Bessire1999A Study of Knowledge Acquisition by High School Students as a Result of Sexual Harassment Prevention Training.
Philip R. Mahan2000Research Project to Translate Section C of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 into Practitioner-friendly Form (As Laws Existed in 1994).
Kelly J. Arnberger2003Analysis of Functional Behavior Assessments as Viewed by Kansas High School Principals.
Dee Bohnenblust2003The Identification of Nurse Educators’ Responses to Legal Issues Relating to Service-Learning.
Sheri R. Graefe2004An Analysis of Elementary Teachers’ Perceptions of Preparedness and Willingness to Provide Health Care Services and the Impact on Morale.
Mark Neish2005An Examination of the Legal Issues Surrounding the Use of Participation Fees in Public Schools.
Debra Gustafson2005A Case Study of a Professional Administrative Leadership Academy.
W. L. Sawyer2006A Study of the Challenges Faced By African-American Urban Superintendents Addressing NCLB Legislation.
Robert Funk2006An Evaluation of the Outcomes of the Leadership Studies Program at Kansas State University.
Maria Nessen2006Reporting Suspected Child Abuse: Knowledge and Beliefs of Para-educators in Secondary Settings.
Deena L. Horst2008Understanding the Influence of Lobbying on the Decisions Made by the House Education Committee 1995-2006.
Mary Tolar2009Exploring Women’s Pathways to Civic Leadership.
Deanna L. Gooch2012Research, Development, and Validation of a School Leader's Resource Guide for the Facilitation of Social Media Use by School Staff.
Wei Wu2013Exploring the Experiences of Mainland Chinese Undergraduate Students in an American University.
Cleion L. Morton2014Exploring Teacher Emotional Intelligence and its Impact on School Climate.
William E. Sparkman, Advisor
Joseph I. Cornelious1978The Perception of Selected Community Education Practitioners Regarding Sources for Financing Community Education in Louisiana, Texas, and Florida.
Preston A. George1978An Analysis of the Financial Health of Predominantly Black Graduate Institutions of Higher Education.
David Forristal1979Professor and Public School Administrator Perceptions of the Professional Activities of Professors of Educational Administration.
Mohamed Labidi1979Comparative Cost Analysis of Selected Postsecondary Vocational Programs Operating at Area Vocational-Technical Schools and Community Junior Colleges in Kansas for Fiscal Year 1978.
Oscar Love1979The Impact of the Presence or Absence of Collective Bargaining Statute and Selected Socioeconomic Variables on the Average Salary Levels of Public School Teachers in Oklahoma and Arkansas Between 1972-73 and 1977-78.
Richard Carlton1980An Evaluation of the Kansas School Finance Formula Using Selected School Finance Equity Standards.
Richard Funk1980A Salary Schedule Model for Vocational-technical Teachers.
Evies Cranford1981Administrators’ Perceptions of the Role of Second-in-command at United Negro College Fund, Incorporated Colleges and Universities: Selected Case Studies.
Susan Roger1981Analysis of Issues Surrounding Competency Testing Through Examination of State Statutes, Court Cases and Educational Literature.
W. Frank Spikes, Advisor
Arthur S. DeGroat2016Exploring the Lived Experience of the Post 9-11 Army Veteran in Transition Toward a Theoretical Framework.
Holly Fisher2017Exploring Programmatic Issues Which Affect Continuing Legal Education Practice in Kansas.
Sarah Diamond2017An Exploratory Study of the Motivation and Retention of Adult High-Functioning Volunteers in Community-based Non-Profit Organizations.
John D. Steffen, Advisor
Samuel Rawdon1988Community College Presidents’ Priorities and Levels of Their Support.
Bernard Klahn1990Developing an Academic Advising Assessment Instrument: A Psychometric Analysis of the Academic Advising Survey.
G. Kent Stewart, Advisor
Robert Brown1974Administrator Attitudes Concerning the Effect of Planning, Programming, Budgeting Systems (PPBS) on Educational Programs.
Tim Rundus1975An Assessment and Projection of the School District Equalization and Related Acts for Fiscal Year 1976 for Financing Public Education in Kansas.
James Douglass1976A Study of the Extent to which Selected Groups Endorse the Concept of the Community College.
Ernest Septs1977A Study of Educational Priorities for Economically Disadvantaged Elementary Learners.
Mike Bradshaw1978Guidelines Relating to Due Process for Administrators in Higher Education.
Jeanne Burdick1978School Boards as an Agent of Change in Administration of Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.
John Mook1978A Study of Pre-service and In-service Training Needs of Kansas High School Principals in Instructional Leadership and in Curriculum Development.
James Stringer1978A Comparison of Student Personnel Services and Costs in Kansas Community Colleges.
Loyal A. Vincent1978Secondary School Principals’ Perceptions of Facilities.
Ben Gaut1980Contingency Management Effectiveness for Emotionally Disturbed Adolescents Classified as Personality Problem or Conduct Problem.
Constance Earhart1981Guidelines for Designing Staff Development Programs for Principals in Desegregated Urban School Districts.
Gloria Lewis-Robinson1981Critical Job Stressers and Coping Behaviors of Selected Higher Education Administrators.
Edward Eddy1982Some Factors Contributing to Retention of Registered Nurses in Selected Kansas City Area Hospitals.
Jess Gilstrap1982Differences in Actual and Ideal Attention to Administrative Functions by Rural School Superintendents.
Phyllis Tarrant1982Effects of a Computer Based Skills Building Program on Student Ability Scores.
Phyllis Adamchak1983Guidelines for Training Special Education Hearing Officers.
Gary Norris1983Career Change Determinants among Former Kansas School Administrators: Burnout, Stress, and Job Dissatisfaction.
Ron Ballard1984Comparison of Values School Superintendents Place on Recognized Public Relations Activities.
Helen Hooper1984Performance Evaluation of Elementary Public School Principals in Kansas.
Jack Larson1984The Effect of a Continuous Staff Development Program on Teacher Attitude and Self-concept.
Lance Nichols1984Identification of Conflict Management Styles of Board of Education Member Negotiators.
Leroy See1984An Assessment of Knowledge about Selected Leadership and Motivation Models Possessed by Public School Superintendents of Kansas.
Jim Selby1984Superintendent and Board President Perceptions of In-service Training for Kansas School Boards.
Mary Devin1985Deferred Repair and Renovation in Selected Kansas Public Schools.
John Laurie1985Communication Patterns of Principals in Exemplary Secondary Schools.
Sandra Terril1985Formation and Operation of State Coalitions of Educational Organizations:  Inter-organizational Coupling.
Marjorie Ward1985The Business Management Tasks of Public School Principals as Defined by Elementary and Senior High Principals in Kansas.
William Wunder1985A Study of the Relationship between the Military’s Testing Program and Administrative Classification/assignment System.
Howard Smith1986Critical Data Required for Utilization in Metropolitan Public School Facilities and Curriculum Planning.
Jeffrey Anschutz1987Conditions Influencing Recruitment and Retention of Teachers in Rural Schools (Kansas).
David Bond1987Kansas Beginning Teachers Perceptions of Instructional Support Provided by Elementary Principals.
Ronald Burk1987Financial Factors Influencing Selected Kansas School Districts Ability to Finance Facility Maintenance.
Diane Clark1987Survey of Certain Variables Affecting Arizona Elementary Principals’ Attitudes Toward and Knowledge of Special Education and Mainstreaming.
Michael Barricklow1988An Analysis of Economic Impasse Equity and the Perceptions of the Parties Engaged in Kansas Public School Negotiations.
Janet Broers1988Efficacy of Transitional First Grade in Lawrence, Kansas.
Robert Felde1988Student Participation in Kansas State University’s Commitment to Construct the Fred Bramlage Coliseum: A Case Study.
Robert Little1988Important Characteristics of Effective Collaboration Between Educational Organizations.
Edward Dekeyser1989Principals’ Responses to Client-centered Evaluations of Administrators.
Michael Roberts1989The Use of Maintenance Service Contracts in Kansas School Districts.
Dorothy Arensman1990An Investigation of Guidelines for School District Administrative Staffing Patterns.
Joseph Benson1990Kansas Public School Principals’ Roles in and Perceived Ideal Roles in Special Education in Their Buildings.
(Norma Dyck, Co-Advisor)
Barton Goering1991Identification of Organizational Stress Exhibited by Public School Principals and its Relationship to School Enrollment and Health Manifestations.
Linda Highbarger1991Sources of Public Attitudes in the El Dorado (Kansas) Public Schools.
Sharol Little1991A Qualitative Study of Target Areas in Kansas High Schools’ North Central Association Outcomes Accreditation Process (Effective Schools).
Bettie Ainsworth1992School Publications, Policies, and Procedures for High School Administrators: A Set of Guidelines.
Kie-Moon Lee1992A Study of Salary Schedules for Principals in Kansas Public Schools.
Eugene Schneider1992Perceptions of a North Central Association Self-Study at a Midwestern Community College: An Institutional Analysis.
Robert Albers1992An Investigation of School Facility Evaluation in the United States with Emphasis on Kansas Since 1980.
(David C. Thompson, Co-Advisor)
Robert Winter1992A Review of Applicable Literature, State Plans and Court Decisions Concerning School Facility and Capital Improvement Financing--1967 to 1991.
(David C. Thompson, Co-Advisor)
Kathleen B. Jones1993A Study of Recruitment and Retention among Elementary Teachers in Catholic Schools.
Carolyn A.Z. Johnston1994Priorities that Principals of the 64 Largest High Schools in Kansas Attach to Selected Public Relations Practices.
Ferrel C. Miller1994An Adult Volunteer Program at Junction City Middle School.
Marsha (Davidson) Laurie1994An Evaluation of a Model for Supervisory/Management Training. 
(Robert C. Newhouse, Co-Advisor)
Ann M.H. Garrett1995Perceptions of Leadership During the Implementation Phase of a School Improvement Process.
Joel Anthony Heck1995Strategic Planning in North Ottawa County Unified School District.
Pamela S. Bevan1996Recommended Administrative Staffing Policies for Kansas Elementary Schools.
Duane M. Dunn1996Senate Bill 586: Knowledge, Involvement, and Perceptions of Kansas Post-secondary Vocational Educators.
Megan J. Knapp1996Violence Prevention Strategy Use and Perceived Effectiveness in Kansas High Schools:  A Survey of Building Administrators.
Glen Hughes1997Kansas Public School Mathematics Standards: State Mandates, NCTM Recommendations, and Teacher Preparation Institutions.
George Troutfetter1997Efforts Toward Implementing Student Exit Outcomes, Developed through Strategic Planning in the Salina School District.
David M. Looyson1998Perceptions of Shared Decision-making: A Study of Principals and Teachers in Iowa Secondary Schools.
Sara S. Cocolis1998Factors Influencing Parents and Guardians to Enroll Their Students in the Topeka Magnet Schools.
(Trudy A. Salsberry, Co-Advisor)
Nancy K. Kiltz1999The Future of Educational Service Centers in Kansas.
Sally Strasburger Lundblad1999Community Perception of the Effectiveness of Public Relations Practices at Selected Public High Schools in Kansas.
Mary F. Nichols1999Research and Development of a Handbook for Preparing and Delivering Effective Testimony to Legislative Committees.
Phyllis J. Lopez2002Opinions of Selected Individuals Concerning Future Influence of the Court-approved Remedy Plan on Elementary Schools in Topeka.
David C. Thompson, Advisor
Larry Phye1990A Comparative Analysis of School Finance Equity under the Kansas School Finance Formula between 1979-1989.
(Robert J. Shoop, Co-Advisor)
Stephen Joel1991Opinions of Kansas Educational and Political Leaders Concerning State Assistance to Capital Outlay Financing.
(G. Kent Stewart, Co-Advisor)
Sharon Tatge1992Using Geographical Isolation Factors in State Education Funding: A Policy Option for Kansas.
(G. Kent Stewart, Co-Advisor)
Robert Albers1992An Investigation of School Facility Evaluation in the United States with Emphasis on Kansas Since 1980.
(G. Kent Stewart, Co-Advisor)
Robert Winter1992A Review of Applicable Literature, State Plans and Court Decisions Concerning School Facility and Capital Improvement Financing– 1967 to 1991.
(G. Kent Stewart, Co-Advisor)
Elizabeth Summers1992A Study of the Simultaneous Impact of Mobility and Socioeconomic Status on Student Achievement.
Jacqueline Hays1993Analysis of Four Alternatives for the Financing of Public School Facilities in Kansas: Current Method and Alternatives Examined Using the Selected Criteria of Cost, Equity, and Legality.
Gwen Poss1993The Quest for Equal Educational Opportunity: An Examination of Intra-district Fiscal Disparities Among Selected Elementary Schools in One Kansas School District.
Monte R. Miller1994Changing Equality of Educational Opportunity: A Study of Selected Changes in Kansas School Funding During Two Different State Aid Schemes in 1992 and 1993.
Carol C. Corrick1995Voter Perceptions, Information, and Demographic Characteristics as Critical Factors in Successful and Unsuccessful Bond Referenda in Selected Kansas School Districts:  1988-1990.
Jerry H. Stump1996Funding Kansas Schools: An Investigation of the Legislature’s Proposal to Eliminate the Statewide Property Tax.
Sharon Treaster1996A Study of the Relationship Between Enrollment Size and Math Achievement in Kansas School Districts.
Donald L. Grover1999The Impact of the 1992 School Finance Law on Co-curricular Activity Funding in Selected Kansas High Schools.
Diane M. DeBacker2002A Longitudinal Study of Selected Impacts of the 1992 School District Finance and Quality Performance Accreditation (SDFQPA) Act on Representative Kansas School Districts 1993-2001.
Sherry S. Gerner2002An Analysis of Selected Fiscal and Purchased Human Resources in the Context of the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) in One Large Suburban School District 1997-2001.
Shellaine Springer-Schwatken2004Selected Impacts of a Freshman Academy on Student Grade Level Transition: A Study of One Large Kansas High School.
Rustin Clark2006Determining Suitable Funding for P-12 Education in Kansas: Superintendents' Opinions and Selected Cost Simulations.
Dennis Gerber2007A Study of Selected Financial Implications of the Federal No Child Left Behind (P.L. #107-110) Law on Kansas Public School Districts.
Brian Kraus2009A Descriptive Analysis of Selected Community Stakeholder Opinions Regarding Potentially Critical Factors in School Bond Referenda Success or Failure in Kansas During the Years 2004-2007.
Brian Jordan2012A Longitudinal Study of Selected Impacts of the School District Finance and Quality Performance Accreditation (SDFQPA) Act on Representative Kansas School Districts, 2002-2011.
Kristen Kuhlmann2014Research, Development, and Validation of a School Leader’s Resource Guide for Positive Supports for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender (LGBT) Students in Schools.
Kenneth Christopher Botts2015A Selected Historical Analysis of the “Complete High School” Maize Kansas.
(Mary Devin, Co-Advisor)
Craig D. Butler II2015Leadership in a Race Based Mentoring Program: A Case Study of the Program Entitled “Can We Talk”.
(Be Stoney, Co-Advisor)
Trisha C. Gott2016Analysis of Discourse and Rhetoric in Performance Measures for Research Institutions in Kansas.
(Kakali Bhattacharya and Mary Tolar, 
Kellen J. AdamsSummer 2018An Overview of Selected Impacts and Reconceptualization of State Aid to Public School Infrastructure in Three Representative Kansas School Districts.
Shiloh J. VincentSummer 2018A Longitudinal Study of Selected State School Aid Formula Changes in Kansas 1992-2017, with Emphasis on the Classroom Learning Assuring Student Success (CLASS) Act of 2015.
Chad KrugFall 2018Personality Types of Effective Boards in Kansas School Districts: A Selective Analysis of Board and Superintendent Leadership Style Preferences.
Jordan B. Utsey, Advisor
Susan Scollay1979Career Patterns and Aspirations of Directors of Federally Sponsored and Mandated Programs: Profile of an Emerging College and University Administrative Position. 
Hazeltine Fouche1982Selected Parameters of Potential Geographic Mobility of Black Women in Higher Education Administration at Traditionally Black Public Colleges and Universities.
Eddy J. Van Meter, Advisor
William Curtis1974A Marketing Survey of Preferred Preparation Content Emphases for High School Principals.
Jean Hicks1974An Attitudinal Study of Potential Areas of Conflict in Professional School Employee Negotiations in Kansas.
Emmit Follins1975A Study of Perceived Personal and Professional Influence of Secondary School Principals in the State of Louisiana as Related to Select Administrative Duties and Responsibilities.
Amy Harrison1975An Anthropological Study of the Implementation of a Management by Objectives System in a State Agency.
Martin Letoff1975An Analysis of Practitioner Preference of Objectives Within a Performance-based Building level Educational Management Improvement Supplement.
Robert Bowles1976A Descriptive Study of Alcorn State University Alumni Attitude Toward Their Alma Mater: The Development of a Data Base for Improved Management and Operation of the Alcorn State University Office of Alumni Affairs.
William Traugott1976A Study of the Difference Between School Administrators’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of Administrators’ Actual and Ideal Priorities of Responsibility.
Eugene Gaston1977Descriptive Analysis of Developmental Programs Curriculums Funded by Title III Grants at Seven Select Developing Institutions of Higher Education.
Daniel D. McLean1977The Perceived Effects of the National Recreation and Park Association’s Accreditation Plan on Recreation, Leisure Service, and Resource Curriculums at Selected Institutions of Higher Education in the United States.
Stephen G. McClure1978A Comparative Study of the Perceived Effects among Graduates of Adult High School Diploma versus G.E.D. Equivalency Certificate Attainment on Attitude Toward Education, Self-concept, Involvement in Community Activities, and Occupational Status.
Jess Baker1979Criteria for Faculty Evaluation Relating to Teaching, Research, and Service in Higher Education: An Exploratory Study of Administrator Reported Priorities.
Dennis Michaelis1979Faculty, Administrator, and Trustee Attitudes about Collective Bargaining and Governance Issues in the Kansas Public Community Colleges.
Michele Ramsey1979Faculty Attitudes Toward Collective Bargaining in Non-bargaining Private Four-year Institutions of Higher Education in Kansas.
Martha Atkins1980Clarification of Department Chairman Responsibilities and Selection of Priority Areas for Administrative Development: A Procedure and a Field Test.
Michael Dey1980Power, Achievement, and Affiliation Motivation of Selected Male and Female Kansas Elementary School Principals.
Deborah Thomas1980Faculty Attitudes Toward Collective Bargaining in Two Selected Non-bargaining Regents Institutions in Kansas.
Sue Dallam1982An Assessment of Faculty and Department Head Attitudes Toward Retrenchment Options in a Time of Resource Decline.
Jacob Braun1983A Study of Critical Milestones Within the Historical Development of the Tabor College Governing Board Structure and Their Effect on Board Decision-making.
Nancy Kaldor1983Forecasting the Kansas Public Education Environment for the New Millennium: A Modified Delphi Study.
Robert Simmons1983Forecasting the Kansas Higher Education Environment for the New Millennium: A Modified Delphi Study.
Warren J. White, Advisor
Laura Clark1990A Descriptive Study of Transition Programs Available to Learning-Disabled and Behaviorally Disordered Students, Grades K-12, in the State of Kansas.
Alfred P. Wilson, Advisor
Vivian Smith1974The Principal’s Function as Derived from Authors of Books and Periodical Articles from 1970 through 1973. 
Stanley Hudson1975Immediate Superordinates’ Perception of the Middle School Principal’s Functions.
Tony Stansberry1975The Development and Field Testing of an Instrument for Assessing the Functions of the School Principal.
James Rezac1976The Role of the High School Principal as Perceived by Student Body Presidents.
Roger Christian1977Development and Field Testing of a Training Program for School Principals Concerning Student Discipline.
Gary Livingston1977Facilitation of Increased Academic Behavior and School Attendance Through a Pre-Vocational Money Management Training Program.
James AuBuchon1978Opinions of Fraternity Advisors Toward Selected Activities of Social Fraternities.
Lois Cox1978A Comparison of Learning Disabled Students in Three Program Structures.
Jerry P. Franklin1978School Board Presidents’ Perceptions of Elementary School, Middle School, Junior High School, and High School Principals’ Functions.
Myrlis Hershey1978A Comparison of the Effectiveness of Telephone Network and Face-to-Face Instruction for the Course Creative Classroom.
Marvin R. Sidesinger1978The Role of the Principal as Perceived by Classified Personnel.
James Singer1978The Role of the Principal as Perceived by Uniserv Representatives and Teachers.
John R. Williams1978A Definitive Feedback System for Training Teachers in Verbal Interaction Skills.
Wynona Winn1979A Comparison of Student Achievement in Selected Reading Programs and Their Impact on Learning.
Gerald Marshall1980A Survey Study of the Perceptions of Kansas School Administrators on Occupational Sources of Stress.
Ronald Oliver1980The Analysis of Teacher Lateral Mobility Within Selected Public School Districts.
Lawrence Dixon1981Identification of Factors Contributing to Low Academic Performance of Some Kansas State University Upward-Bound Students as Perceived by Upward-Bound Students, Upward-Bound Parents, and School Professionals.
Jerry Singer1981Evaluation and Analysis of High School Attendance Policies in the State of Kansas.
Janice Bowers1982A National Study of the Middle School Principalship, Including an Analysis of the Effect of the Middle School Principal’s Training and Experience.
Ned Nusbaum1982Principal’s Handbook of Management Strategies to Assist Employees Resolve Conflict.
Francisco Ybarra1982A Research Study of Selected Kansas Public School Districts on the Elements of Planning Considered to be of Value in Developing a Classified Personnel In-service Program.
Ronald Epps1983An Analysis of Administrator-Parent Conferences in Public High Schools in Northeast Kansas.
David Flowers1983The Effects of Two Attempts at Planned Change upon Cognitive and Affective Outcomes of 4-6 Grade Learners.
Thomas Hawk1983A Comparison of Teachers’ Preference for Specific In-service Activity Approaches and Their Measured Learning Styles.
Larry Clark1984Time Required of Selected Educators at In-service Education Impact Levels During the Implementation of Clinical Theory of Instruction.
Robert Goodwin1984Assessment of Three Developed Training Methods for Introducing School Administrators to Microcomputers.
Marilyn Green1984Analysis of a Teacher Advisor Program Developed Under the Rand Model.
Lawrence Lyman1984Research, Development, and Validation of Instructional Improvement Resources.
Isaac Sanders1984Perceived Institutional Support Needs of Selected Faculty Preparing Research and Program Development Proposals.
Norma Blankinship1985The Impact of Employee Benefits on Teacher Absenteeism.
Donna Brodd1985Perceived Knowledge and Learning Needs of First-line Instructional Unit Administrators in Public Two-year and Four-year Colleges.
Patricia Pressman1985An Assessment of Teacher Attitude Toward Incentive Pay.
Les DePew1985Factors Which Influence the Loss of School Time for Students and Coaches Participating in Athletic Programs.
(David Honeyman, Co-Advisor)
David Benson1986An Analysis of Negotiation Proposals and Final Agreement Language in Larger School Districts of Kansas (Motivational Theory, Herzberg).
Michael Culp1986The Establishing and Validation of the Dimensions of Principals’ Performance in Kansas.
Sandra Adams1987A Developmental Approach to Guard Against a Procrustean Kindergarten.
John Heim1987Situational Factors Contributing to Administrator Turnover in Small Kansas School Districts and High Schools.
Venus Holland1987Developing Effective Oral Communication Skills in Students of Educational Administration.
Dan Yunk1987The Role of the Secondary Assistant Principal and its Relationship to Selected Organizational Factors: A Case Study.
Samuel Branch1988The Formation of a Personal Development Instrument That Will Facilitate Growth for Educational Administration Students at Kansas State University.
Paul Sellon1988The Influence of Part-time Employment on the Educational Programs of High School Juniors and Seniors in the State of Nebraska.
Richard Doll1989A Programmatic Research Study on At-risk Students Titled: Here to Encourage the Learning Process.
Neva Edwards1989Occupational and Sex-role Stereotyping of Students and Educators in Small Western Kansas School Districts.
James Cale1990A Study of Induction Strategies and Their Application Among Newly Hired School Principals in the State of Missouri.
John Kimbrel1990A Qualitative Study of the North Central Association Outcomes Accreditation/evaluation Model at Junction City High School, Junction City, Kansas.
Michael Slattery1990The Skill of Organizing in Educational Administration.
Margaret Toll1990Conflict Management and School Administrators.
Joseph Novak1991Skills of Stress Management and School Administrators.
Robert Rathbun1991Development and Field Testing of Principal’s Induction Materials.
Karen Cole1992Doctoral Students in Education and Selecting Resources for the Literature Review.
Ron Alford1993Personality Traits Valued by Principals in the Teacher Hiring Process.
Thomas Bishard1993Communication regarding Sensitive Personnel Matters by School Board Members and the Management Team.
Cynthia Gant1993An Examination of Co-curricular Activities as a Method of Achieving Scans Three-part Foundation.
Bonita Lynch1993Research, Development and Validation of a Middle Level Planned Faculty Mentoring Guide.
Roberta E. Walker1995Mentoring Youth and Adolescents: A Guide for Parents and Other Mentors.
Roberta K. Dale1996A Personal Guide for Central Office Administrators in Developing a Systemic Process for Continuous Improvement.
Germaine L. Taggart1996Reflective Thinking: A Guide for Training Pre-service and In-service Practitioners.
Paul Hedlund1997Tools for the Systemic Study of Learning Organizations.
Randy L. Freeman1998The Awareness and Agreement of Effective Staff Development Practices in Nebraska.
Connie M. Hurst1998Perceptions of School Superintendents and Professional Development Council Chairpersons Regarding In-service Needs in Missouri.
Marlene A. Tignor1999Research and Development of a Guide for Using Kaizan in Promotion and Tenure Decisions at One Community College.
James R. Hardy2000A Toolbox for Selected Assessments Used to Measure Knowledge, Dispositions, and Performance in Education Administration and Leadership.
Monte J. Selby2000Ethical School Leadership: Transforming Perspectives on Policy and Political Influence.
Amy J. Dillon2001A Handbook for Elementary School Principals: Effectively Utilizing Site Councils.
Milton J. Doherty2001Research, Development and Validation of the Superintendent’s Guidebook for Initial School Bus Driver Training.
Connie J.S. Heinen2001T.E.A.M.S.: Teachers Empowered by Administrators and Motivated by Success:  Three Developed and Validated Manuals.
Larita L. Owens2001Implementation of the Comer School Development Program in the Topeka Public Schools.
Nancy A. Nusbaum2002Principal’s Handbook of Management Strategies to Assist Employees Resolve Conflict.
Robert H. Zabel, Advisor
John Black1990Perceptions by Special Education Teachers Concerning Instructional Leadership.
Carol Linhos1992Identification of Programs and Definitions for At-Risk Students Not Completing High School in Kansas.
Jeff Zacharakis, Advisor
Joel Applegate2017Analysis of the Moral Judgment of Superintendents in Kansas and Nebraska and Association with Key Demographics.

Nettie A. Brock is a doctoral candidate in the department of Communication at the (B.A., Broadcasting and Electronic Media: Film Techniques and Technologies, Eastern Kentucky University, 2008; M.A., Cinema Studies, San Francisco State University, 2012). Her research examines the relationships between popular culture and narrative forms, as well as how those narrative forms shape and influence representation. Nettie’s dissertation project theorizes a new approach to genre. Rather than conceiving of genres as discrete, independent categorizations, Nettie suggests that genre is actually an intricate rhizome of traits and cultural influences. By theorizing genre in this way, Nettie sees that all generic programs can be conceptualized on a similar level, and some texts are not privileged above others. Nettie has published chapters in A Sense of Community and Seeing Fans. Nettie has experience teaching a variety of classes in a variety of university settings. She has worked in large lectures, small break-out style discussion sections, and stand-alone seminars. She has worked as a teaching assistant and instructor for classes such as Public Speaking, Media and Society, Film History, and Television Criticism and Analysis.

Nettie A. Brock
Advisor: Dr. Benjamin Warner
Brock Vita

Calvin R. Coker is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri (B.A.s, History & English Literature, Washburn University, 2012; M.A. Communication, Missouri State University, 2014). His research focuses on the articulation of marginalized groups in political discourse, with specific interest in how political subjects and political conflicts are rhetorically constructed in the public sphere. Calvin dissertation project examines the ideological history of the term “political correctness,” culminating in an analysis of the rhetoric of the 2016 election cycle. Calvin’s solo-authored scholarly work has been featured in Argumentation and Advocacy, Speaker and Gavel, Southern Communication Journal, and Western Journal of Communication, and he has co-authored work appearing in American Behavioral Scientist and Communication Studies. At the University of Missouri, Calvin has taught courses in Political Communication, Communication Theory and Practice, and Public Speaking (including Honors)Additionally, Calvin works with the research team at the Political Communication Institute in the Department of Communication. He plans to defend his dissertation in March 2018 and is seeking a tenure track position to begin in the fall of 2018.

Calvin R. Coker
Advisor: Dr. Mitchell McKinney
Coker Vita


Rocío Galarza Molina is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri (B.A. Political Science, Tecnológico de Monterrey, 2005; M.A. Political Analysis and Media, Tecnológico de Monterrey, 2012). Rocío’s scholarship examines the role of media in a new democracy focusing on the impact of journalism, social media, and political communication processes in the Mexican democratic transition. Her dissertation delves into the use of social media for the performance of contentious politics, analyzing the networked publics emergent on Twitter that consolidated as a result of the expressions of grievances regarding the dissapearance of 43 students in Mexico in 2014. Rocío’s scholarly work has been published in Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Sociales, Revista Mexicana de Derecho Electoral, and American Behavioral Scientist. Rocío has presented her research in national and international conferences including the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, the World Association for Public Opinion Research, and the Central States Communication Association. At the University of Missouri, she teaches the course Media Communication in Society. Rocío is a research fellow for the Political Communication Institute at the University of Missouri where she has worked in academic investigations related to the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Similarly, during her master studies at Tecnológico de Monterrey she contributed with a research team to investigate the Mexican 2012 presidential elections in a project sponsored by the United Nations Development Program. In 2013 she received the Fulbright scholarship that sponsored her doctoral studies. She plans to defend her dissertation in the spring of 2018.

Rocío Galarza Molina
Advisor: Dr. Brian Houston
Galarza Vita

Molly M. Greenwood, PhD, is an instructor in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri (B.A., Communication, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2007; M.A., Communication Studies, Marquette University, 2009). The primary goal of her research is to produce knowledge concerning political polarization in today’s mass-mediated environment. One of her primary aims is to improve our theoretical understanding of how mediated political communication messages affect individuals’ political learning and political engagement, particularly within social media contexts. Her dissertation explores how political posts on social media create social pressure to conform, thereby influencing political polarization, political engagement, and political interest. Her co-authored research has been published in journals such as Computers in Human Behavior,Argumentation and Advocacy, and American Behavioral Scientist. She has also published research in books such as AlieNATION: The Divide & Conquer Election of 2012 and Communication in the 2008 U.S. Election: Digital Natives Elect a President. Additionally, Molly has presented research at the annual meetings of the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the Central States Communication Association. At the University of Missouri, she has taught Survey of Political Communication and Public Speaking (both regular and Honors sections). Additionally, she has served as a teaching assistant for a writing intensive course, Survey of Communication Theories. Molly has also served as a graduate student advisor for Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s undergraduate honor society. In May 2017, she received the Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award from the University of Missouri’s Department of Communication.

Molly Greenwood
Greenwood Vita


Michelle E. Funk is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri (B.A., Telecommunications: Design & Production, Indiana University, 2012; M.A., Telecommunications: Mass Communication, Indiana University, 2015). Michelle’s research focuses on media effects and social identity. The specific aims of her research are to (1) examine the means through which intersecting social identities affect and are affected by media use and exposure, (2) identify relationships between online media habits, attitudes, and cognition, and (3) devise praxis for educators to promote media literacy. Her work has been featured in Communication Studies, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and Archives of Sexual Behavior, with many other studies underway. Michelle’s dissertation project examines intergroup conflict between polarized social identities in online political communication, focusing specifically on social cognitive processes and outgroup stereotyping in the role of decision-making. She is a research associate for the Media & Diversity Center and the Political Communication Institute in the Department of Communication. During her doctoral studies, she has taught courses such as New Technologies and Communication, Media Communication in Society, and Public Speaking. She is currently an inaugural member of the Committee for Pedagogical and Classroom Development, and is dedicated to integrating communication theory into interdisciplinary practices to foster curiosity and independence in her students and mentees.

Michelle E. Funk
Advisor: Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz
Funk Vita

Freddie J. Jennings is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri (B.A. Communication & Political Science, University of Arkansas, 2005; M.A. Communication, University of Arkansas, 2006). His research focuses on strategic political communication, information processing, and political dialogue in a new media environment. Freddie’s dissertation investigates the role of partisan social identity and mental elaboration on the effects of political messages. His scholarly research has been presented at the International Communication Association, National Communication Association, National Association of African-American Studies and Affiliates, and Central States Communication Association’s annual conferences, where his research has been awarded multiple top paper honors. Freddie’s research has been published in a number of books and journals, including American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Intercultural Disciplines, and Public Relations Review

Freddie has taught courses—including Public Speaking, Introduction to Communication, and Research and Theory in Persuasion—at three universities. He currently serves as chair of the Committee for Pedagogical and Classroom Development and works as a research fellow for the Political Communication Institute. He plans to defend his dissertation by Spring of 2018 and is seeking a tenure track position to begin in the Fall of 2018.

Freddie J. Jennings
Advisor: Dr. Benjamin R. Warner

Leslie R. Nelson (B.A. Communication Studies, University of Nebraska, 2012; M.A. Communication, University of Missouri, 2014) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri. Her research examines how communication affects and reflects diverse family forms. Specifically, Leslie’s work focuses on how family communication: (1) creates, maintains, and deconstructs family identity, (2) promotes sense-making and coping during relational transitions, and (3) impacts individual and relational well-being in diverse family structures. Much of her current work seeks to advance theoretical and practical knowledge of foster family communication. Leslie’s dissertation project focuses on how foster youth communicatively reconcile family relationships after aging out of care. Specifically, her dissertation work provides an awareness of how aged out foster youth socially (de)construct family ties and captures the complex communicative qualities inherent to the family estrangement process. Leslie’s work has been published in Communication Monographs, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Communication Quarterly, Journal of Family Communication, and Journal of Family Theory and Review. Her research has been supported with grants from the University of Missouri (i.e., Richard Wallace Alumni Grant, Rebecca Verser & Alumni Graduate Support Grant, Graduate Professional Council Travel Grant, and Graduate Student Association Travel Grant), and she currently serves as a Research Associate for the Institute of Family Diversity and Communication. Leslie has helped facilitate and teach courses in Family Communication, Relational Communication, Public Speaking (including Honors), Contemporary Families and Social Issues, and Children’s Communication. Leslie’s commitment to teaching excellence, creativity, and innovation drove her to obtain a minor in College Teaching. She was the recipient of the Loren Reid Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award (2014; 2017) and currently serves as a teaching mentor to incoming doctoral students. She plans to defend her dissertation in January 2018 and is seeking a tenure track position to begin in the fall of 2018.

Leslie Nelson
Advisor: Colleen Colaner
Nelson Vita

Megan K. Schraedley is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri (B.A. Communication & French, Boston College, 2010; M.A. Communication, University of Missouri, 2014). Her research focuses on the communicative struggle for organizational meaning, and ultimately the path to sustainable localßàglobal solutions to food insecurity as individuals negotiate overlapping and competing language. She has been trained in qualitative methodologies including case study, grounded theory, and ethnography. Her work emphasizes deconstructing the ways humans communicatively organize around food and critiquing how food systems and communication organize humans. She has examined organizational actors and their communicative practices in the local food system, from grocery stores and farms/farmers markets to food pantries and restaurants. 

Her research on the greenwashing of food discourse was recently published in The Political Language of Food, edited by Samuel Boerboom (2015)Her work on disaster communication has appeared in Current Psychiatry Reports. At the University of Missouri, Megan has taught courses in Organizational Advocacy, Communication Theory and Practice, and Public SpeakingAdditionally, Megan is an editorial assistant for the Journal of Applied Communication Research and has conducted research for the Disaster and Community Crisis Center (DCC). She plans to defend her dissertation by Spring 2018 and is seeking a tenure track position to begin in the fall of 2018.

Megan K. Schraedley
Advisor: Dr. Debbie S. Dougherty
Schraedley Vita

Deirdre Zerilli (B.A. Interpersonal Communication, Western Michigan University, 2013; M.A. Communication, Western Michigan University; 2014) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri. Her scholarship focuses on broad conceptualizations of disability, particularly how disability relates to material resources. Her dissertation is an experiment comparing the success of stigma management strategies in procuring accommodations for recovering from appearance-altering surgeries. Her research has been published in Communication Yearbook. Deirdre has been invited to present at various conferences including the National Communication Association, the Central States Communication Association, and the Organizational Communication Mini Conference. During her graduate career, Deirdre has taught courses in Communication and Community Engagement, Public Speaking, Business and Professional Communication, and Organizational Communication. Deirdre has also served as the Advisor of the Intercollegiate Communication Organization of Mizzou for two years, helping to plan two undergraduate networking opportunities per year and serving on the Communication Week Committee to plan an annual departmental event for over 500 students. She plans to defend her dissertation in Spring of 2018 and seeks a tenure track position beginning in Fall of 2018.

Deirdre H. Zerilli
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Meisenbach
Zerilli Vita


One thought on “Samuel Funk Dissertation Kansas State

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *