Public notices/dissertation public lecture presentations

Public Notice of Final Defense for Spring/Summer 2024

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Christine Pedder

  • Major: Kinesiology
  • Advisor: Dr. Jeanne Barcelona
  • Committee: Dr. Mariane Fahlman, Dr. Jasmine Ulmer and Dr. Erin Centeio
  • Dissertation: Sustaining Comprehensive Health and Wellness Initiatives in the Elementary School Setting
  • Date: June 4, 2024
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
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    • Meeting ID: 910 6986 3037
    • Passcode: 618087

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Anthony Webster

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Liza Hinchey

  • Major: Counseling Psychology
  • Advisor: Dr. Francesca Pernice
  • Committee: Dr. Arash Javanbakht, Dr. Holly Feen-Calligan, Dr. Shannon Chavez-Korell and Dr. David Merolla
  • Dissertation: Not Small Men: A Study of Sex-Specific Dynamics in Cortisol Reactivity to Psychosocial Stress Following Trauma, and the Value of Subjectivity in Assessing Trauma-Related Neurobiology
  • Date: April 25, 2024
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Faculty Lounge 423.3 Education Bldg.

Public Notice of Final Defense for Winter 2024

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: James Hearn

  • Major: Educational Studies
  • Advisor: Dr. Thomas Pedroni
  • Committee: Dr. Erica Edwards, Dr. Christopher Crowley and Dr. Jasmine Ulmer
  • Dissertation: Case Study: Culturally Responsive School Leadership Employed During a Massive School Merger/Consolidation in a Large Southeastern Michigan Urban School District During Austere Times
  • Date: March 22, 2024
  • Time: 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: 179 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Michelle Taylor

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Therese Marz

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Jawahir Alsawat

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Melinda Lanni

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Asli Ozgun-Koca
  • Committee: Dr. Thomas Edwards, Dr. Jennifer Lewis and Dr. Jasmine Ulmer
  • Dissertation: Lesson Study as a Form of Professional Development for Mathematics Faculty in Higher Education
  • Date: March 19, 2024
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Location: Faculty Lounge, 423.3 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Sara Mashat

  • Major: Educational Evaluation and Research
  • Advisor: Dr. Whitney Moore
  • Committee: Dr. Kevin Carroll, Dr. Jasmine Ulmer and Dr. Monte Piliawsky
  • Dissertation: Psychometric Properties of an Arabic Translated Vergin of the Adult Inventory of Procrastination Scale
  • Date: March 18, 2024
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: 357 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Fadhah Alasiri

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Franziska Loetzner

  • Major: Kinesiology
  • Advisor: Dr. Leah Ketcheson
  • Committee: Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler, Dr. Bo Shen, Dr. E. Andrew Pitchford and Dr. Theodoto Ressa
  • Dissertation: Health-Related Physical Fitness in Special Olympic Athletes and Unified Partners: An Examination into Health Profiles and Physical Activity During Elite Level Soccer Competition
  • Date: March 11, 2024
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: 106 Matthaei Building

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Anglesia Brown

Doctor of Education Candidate: Semaa Shlebah

Doctor of Education Candidate: Matthew Geoghegan

  • Major: Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Advisor:Dr. Ben Pogodzinski
  • Committee: Dr. Erica Edwards and Dr. Christopher Crowley
  • Dissertation: Supporting on the Rise Pre-Service Teacher Mentors in Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Date: February 7, 2024
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: 370 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Linda Yatooma

  • Major: Counseling
  • Advisor: Dr. Anita Welch
  • Committee: Dr. Shadin Atiyeh, Dr. Thomas Michalos, Dr. Francesca Pernice and Dr. Do-Hung Kim
  • Dissertation: Virtual Supervision Verse Face-to-Face Supervision and How it Impacts Self-Efficacy for Counselors-in-Training
  • Date: January 24, 2024
  • Time: 3;00 p.m.
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    • Meeting ID: 559 316 2139
    • Passcode: 958560

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Marion Tate

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisors: Dr. Navaz Bhavnagri and Dr. Kathryn Roberts
  • Committee: Dr. Sandra Gonzales, Dr. Min Yu and Dr. Diana Abouali
  • Dissertation: Social Interaction Styles Contributing to Ethnic Identity of Pakistani Immigrant Mother-Daughter Dyads in Virtual Museums
  • Date: December 19, 2023
  • Time: 2:30 p.m.
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Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Marisa Palance

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Lisa Westbrooks

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Sandra Gonzales
  • Committee: Dr. Christopher Crowley, Dr. Christina DeNicolo and Dr. Janice Hamlet
  • Dissertation: Recovering and Reclaiming Linguistic and Cultural Identities: Revealing Haints with Black Storytelling Tradition and Casting Them Out with Theatre of the Oppressed
  • Date: December 11, 2023
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: 423.3 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Charlene Jones

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Lewis
  • Committee: Dr. Asli Koca, Dr. Carolyn Shields and Dr. Deborah Zopf
  • Dissertation: Effects of Place-Based Education Professional Development on Adapting Mathematics Lessons
  • Date: December 11, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Location:425 Education Bldg., Dean's Conference Rm.

Public Notice of Final Defense for Fall 2023

Doctor of Education Candidate: Rayven McMurray

  • Major: Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Advisor: Dr. Sarah Lenhoff
  • Committee: Dr. Ben Pogodzinski and Dr. Eboni Turnbow
  • Dissertation: Applied, Admitted, and Accepted? An Analysis of Black Women's Experiences at Predominately White Institutions
  • Date: October 25, 2023
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Community Room of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Stella Seilo

  • Major: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Advisor: Dr. Sandra Gonzales
  • Committee: Dr. Christina DeNicolo, Dr. Thomas Pedroni and Dr. Jasmine Ulmer
  • Dissertation: Teachers From the United States and Italy, Who Teach Arabic-Speaking Students, Engage in Dialogical Pedagogy During the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Digital Ethnographic Study
  • Date: October 20, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: 423.3 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Paige Arvidson

  • Major: Kinesiology
  • Advisor: Dr. Jeanne Barcelona
  • Committee: Dr. Andria Eisman, Dr. Laurel Whalen, and Dr. Hilary Marusak
  • Dissertation: Yoga as it Relates to Social Emotional Learning and Stress Among Students Grades Third Through Fifth
  • Date: October 19, 2023
  • Time: 2:30 p.m.
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    • Meeting ID: 312 583 1173

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Heather Ladanyi

  • Major: Kinesiology
  • Advisor: Dr. Mariane Fahlman
  • Committee: Dr. Jeanne Barcelona, Dr. Leah Ketcheson and Dr. James Salvo
  • Dissertation: Older Adults' Mindful Reflections on Quality of Life
  • Date: October 9, 2023
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: 106 Matthaei Building

Doctor of Education Candidate: Lisa Gillon

  • Major: Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Advisor: Dr. Ben Pogodzinski
  • Committee: Dr. Carla Harting and Dr. Kathleen Crawford-McKinney
  • Dissertation: Teacher Professional Development in K-12 Schools: A School Leader's Perspective
  • Date: September 27, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Location: 370 Education Bldg.

Doctor of Education Candidate: Anthony Gaynier

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate: Veralucia Mendes-Kramer

Conduct of the Doctoral Dissertation Public Lecture Presentation and Defense

The Doctoral Dissertation Public Lecture Presentation and Defense has three phases: the public lecture presentation and defense; a private meeting of the dissertation committee with the candidate; and the evaluation of the candidate's performance by the dissertation committee, in the absence of the audience and the candidate.

The Public Lecture Presentation and Defense

In the public presentation and defense, the candidate is expected to share the results of his/her dissertation research with the audience and the dissertation committee. This lecture or presentation may vary in length depending on the circumstances or discipline. Its conduct shall be under the jurisdiction of the candidate's dissertation advisor, serving as the Graduate Examiner. At the end of this public lecture or presentation, the dissertation committee members, as well as members of the audience, are encouraged to direct to the candidate questions pertaining to the presentation or research.

The Dissertation Advisory Committee's Meeting with the Candidate

At the conclusion of the public presentation and defense, the dissertation committee members meet privately with the candidate to pose further questions about the candidate's research or to address issues related to the dissertation manuscript. The Graduate Examiner presides at this meeting.

The Evaluation of the Candidate's Performance

Following completion of the public presentation and defense and the private meeting of the candidate with the committee, the dissertation committee members, in the absence of the candidate and audience, discuss the candidate's performance and decide whether or not he/she has passed the defense. If the candidate will need to make extensive corrections to the manuscript (ones requiring more than ten days), he/she should not be passed. The Graduate Examiner chairs the discussion and communicates the result to the candidate.

Graduate Examiners

The Graduate Examiner is usually the major advisor and chair of the Committee. The doctoral candidate reserves the right to request from the Graduate Director of the College, the appointment of a Graduate Examiner. All such requests must be made in writing at least two weeks in advance of the final defense. A Graduate Examiner may also be appointed at the discretion of the Graduate Director of the College.

The Graduate Examiner is the presiding officer and is responsible for the conduct of the examination. The Dissertation Public Lecture Presentation and Defense may not be convened until all members of the Committee are present, nor may any committee member leave until the presentation is concluded. After the examination, the Graduate Examiner shall excuse the candidate until the committee has prepared its report. If the candidate has failed, the Graduate Examiner Graduate Examiner shall indicate to the candidate and to the Graduate Education Office (under "Recommendations") what additional work the candidate must do before a second examination is held. The second examination may not be held until at least one academic term had elapsed, but must be held within one calendar year following the first examination. Results of the second examination are considered final.

If during the Dissertation Public Lecture Presentation and Defense, any inappropriate incident occurs, or if any serious controversy between members of the Committee develops, or inappropriate informality is evident, the Graduate Examiner shall intervene, excuse the candidate, resolve the issue, and secure assent as to procedure before recalling the candidate and resuming the examination. If the issue cannot be resolved satisfactorily, the examination shall be recessed or postponed, and the problem referred to the Graduate Director of the College.