Dissertation in Practice Award Winners

2018 Dissertation in Practice Award


2022 Winners - Presented at the #CPED22 Convening

Dr. Cheyenne E. Batista, American University

  • Dissertation: "I'm not scary. I am strong. There's a difference." Disrupting misogynoir and transforming interpersonal conflict for Black women education leaders: A multiple case study
  • Chair: Dr. Amaarah DeCuir

Dr. Martine Howard, New Jersey City University 

2021 Winner - Presented at the #CPED21 Virtual Convening

Rev. Dr. Rosalyn Barnes, Fordham University

2020 Winners - Presented at the #CPED20 Virtual Convening

Dr. Sherisse Jackson, University of South Carolina 

Dr. Leslie Richard, University of South Carolina 


2019 Winner - Presented at the #CPED19 October Convening hosted by University of South Carolina

The Urgency of Principal Professional Development and the Implications for Policy and Practice

Dr. Suzanne Rodriguez
California State University, Fresno
Chaired by Dr. Jennifer Watson


2018 Winners & Honorable Mention - Presented at the October 2018 Convening hosted by Arizona State University

From Mo‘olelo to Mana‘o: Transforming Postsecondary Support Systems for Native Hawaiian Teacher Education Students (An Action Research Narrative Inquiry)

Dr. Erin Natalie Kanoelani Thompson
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Chaired by Dr. Sarah J. Twomey

Co-Creating Spaces of Critical Hope through the Use of a Psychosocial Peace Building Education Course in Higher Education in Protracted Refugee Context: Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

Dr. Staci BokHee Martin
Portland State University
Chaired by Dr. Dannelle D. Stevens

Dr. Karen Caldwell (Honorable Mention)
Johns Hopkins University
Chaired by 
Dr. E. Juliana Paré-Blagoev

Example-Based Learning for Information Problem Solving in Arabian Gulf Higher Education 


2017 Winner - Presented at the October 2017 Convening hosted by CSU East Bay and San Jose State University

Utilizing the Design Thinking Process to Aid Educators in their Response to Childhood Lead Exposure

Drs. Camela S. Diaz, Melody L. Strang, Amanda L. Unger, and Sarah G. Van’t Hof
Michigan State University
Chaired by Dr. Madeline Mavrogordato and Dr. Susan Printy


2016 Winner & Honorable Mention - Presented at the October 2017 Convening hosted by Augusta University

Brain Targeted Beginnings: A Case Study in India

Jimmie Walker, EdD
Johns Hopkins University
Chaired by Dr.Christine Eccles

Teacher Perspectives on Professional Development Needs for Better Serving Nebraska’s Spanish Heritage Language Learners

Janet Eckerson, EdD (Honorable Mention)
University of Nebraska Lincoln
Chaired by Dr. Ted Hamann


2015 Winner - Presented at the October 2015 Convening hosted by Lynn University

E Hoʻoulu ʻIa Nā Kumu Mauli Ola Hawaiʻi: Preparing Hawaiian Cultural Identity Teachers

Makalapua Alencastre, EdD
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Chaired by Dr. Sarah Twomey


2014 Winners - Presented at the October 2014 Convening hosted by the University of Missouri St. Louis

Exploring Online Community Among Rural Medical Education Students: A Case Study

Ryan Palmer, EdD
Portland State University
Chaired by Dr. Candyce Reynolds

Ubiquitous Computing in Schools: A Multi-Case Study of 1:1 Districts

Derrick Deloatch, EdD, John Hendron, EdD, Angie Kim, EdD, & Shawnya Tolliver, EdD
Virginia Commonwealth University
Chaired by Dr. Charol Shakeshaft


2013 Winner & Honorable Mention - Presented at the October 2013 Convening hosted by Rutgers University

Cooperative Learning in a Community College Setting: Developmental Coursework in Mathematics

Natalie Rivera, EdD
Arizona State University
Chaired by Dr. Ron Zambo

Nursing Student Anxiety in Simulation Settings: A Mixed Methods Study

Mary Cato, EdD
Portland State University
Chaired by Dr. Candyce Reynolds

Will School-based Online Faculty Development be an Effective Tool for their Professional Growth?

Marion Philadelphia, EdD (Honorable Mention)
University of Southern California
Chaired by Dr. Patricia Tobey


2012 Winners - Presented at the University of Maryland

Parent Involvement as an Instructional Strategy: Academic Parent-Teacher Teams

Maria C. Paredes, EdD
Arizona State University
Chaired by Dr. Ray Buss

From Policy to Practice: Implementing “Move on When Ready” at the Local Level in Arizona

Amanda Burke, EdD
Arizona State University
Chaired by Dr. Oscar Jimenez-Castellans