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Dissertation in Practice Database
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The following are sample dissertations that have been submitted by member institutions for the DiP Award. Other than the award winners, CPED has placed no judgement on the quality of these submissions. They are meant to provide members with examples and foster ideas for improving the DiP process and product.

Higher Education 

(DiP Award Winner) From Mo'olelo to Mana'o: Transforming Postsecondary Support Systems for Native Hawaiian Teacher Education Students (An Action Research Narrative Inquiry)
Erin Natalie Kanoelani Thompson, EdD (2018)
University of Hawai'i at Manoa

(DiP Award Winner) E
xploring Online Community Among Rural Medical Education Students: A Case Study
Ryan Palmer, EdD (2014)
Portland State University

From Mission to Measurement: Advancing Postsecondary Academic Advising Assessment and Practice through Evaluating Program Theory and Outcomes
Tracie D. Burt, EdD (2014)
University of Missouri - Columbia

(DiP Award Honorable Mention) Nursing Student Anxiety in Simulation Settings: A Mixed Methods Study
Mary Cato EdD (2013)
Portland State University

(DiP Award Honorable Mention) Will School-Based Online Faculty Development be an Effective Tool for their Professional Growth?
Marion Philadelphia EdD (2013)
University of Southern California

Enrollment Decisions of the Underrepresented: Recruiting and College Choice at Military Institutions
Daniel Rose EdD (2013)
University of Connecticut

Higher Education – Community College

The Effects of Explicit Listening Strategy Instruction on the Listening Comprehension of English as Second Language (ESL) Community College Students
Yi Guan, EdD (2014)
University of San Francisco

Creating and Sustaining Classroom Knowledge Through Teacher Research: Morphology as Design Intervention for Struggling Learners
Eric B. Claravall, EdD (2014)
San Francisco State University

Exploring Embedded Remediation for Community College Career Technical Education Pathways: Promising Practices
Donna Walters Cooper, EdD (2014)
California State University - Fresno

Improving College Readiness, Pursuit, Access, and Persistence of Disadvantaged Students
Olcay Yavuz, EdD (2014)
Rutgers University

Student Experiences of the Community College Developmental Writing Classroom
Janet Kirchner, EdD (2014)
University of Nebraska - Lincoln

"I hope to be a symbol of encouragement": Using Craft in Community Colleges to Facilitate Student Voice in the Remedial Studies Debate
Aja Henriquez (2013)
California State University - San Bernardino

(DiP Award Winner) Cooperative Learning in a Community College Setting: Developmental Coursework in Mathematics
Natalie Rivera, EdD  (2013)
Arizona State University

Higher Education – Graduate Education

A Study of the Implementation of the Ed. D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Central Florida 2010-2013: A Profession
Nicole Marsh Hanchi, EdD (2013)
University of Central Florida

Masters Level Graduate Student Writing Groups: Exploring Academic Identity
Tosha Ruggles, EdD (2012)
Arizona State University 

Higher Education – International Education

(DiP Award Winner) Co-Creating Spaces of Critical Hope through the Use of a Psychosocial Peach Building Education Course in Higher Education in Protracted Refugee Context: Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya
Staci BokHee Martin, EdD (2018)
Portland State University

(DiP Award Honorable Mention) Example-Based Learning For Information Problem Solving in Arabian Gulf Higher Education
Karen Caldwell, EdD (2018)
John Hopkins University

Teachers' Perceptions of the Epistemic Interface Between Indigeneity and Technology in the Cook Islands
Cristina Tomie Stephany, EdD
University of Southern California 

Advising and Acculturation Variables as Predictors of Sanctification, Sense of Belonging, and Persistence Among International Undergraduates
Lisa Mataczynski, EdD (2013)
University of Southern California

K-12 Teacher Leadership

A Cycle of Self Regulation to Decrease Avoidance Behaviors in Middle School Males
Diane Martin
John Hopkins University

It Takes a Team: A Framework for LGTBQ-inclusive Leadership and Teaching
Lynn Bravewomon, EdD (2018)
California State University, East Bay

(DiP Award Winner 2016) 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 (2017)
Michigan State University 

(DIP Award Finalist) The Nature of Bias and Its Impact on Disparate Outcomes
Renae Azziz, EdD (2017)
Johns Hopkins University

(DiP Award Winner 2016) Brain-targeted early childhood beginnings: A case study in IndiaBrain-targeted early childhood beginnings: A case study in India
Jimmie Walker, EdD (2016)
Johns Hopkins University

(DiP Award: Honorable Mention) Teacher Perspectives on Professional Development Needs for Better Serving Nebraska’s Spanish Heritage Language Learners 
Janet Eckerson, EdD (2016)
University of Nebraska Lincoln

(DIP Award Finalist) Preservice and Practicing Teacher Science Inquiry Projects: An Analysis of their Understanding of the Inquiry Process.
Benjamin David Olsen, EdD (2016)
University of Northern Iowa

(DiP Award Finalist) A University-led Beginning Teacher Mathematics Community
Beth McCord Kobett, EdD (2016)
Johns Hopkins University

(DiP Award Finalist) Quality in Early Care and Education: Multiple Perspectives and Critical Considerations for Professional Development in a Diverse Context
Miriam Rose Altman (2016) & Ana Cristina Pizano, EdD (2016)
University of Florida

Co-Constructing College-Going Capital in a Rural High School English Class
Carissa Morrison, EdD (2015)
Arizona State University

Using Funds of Knowledge to Build Trust Between a Teacher and Parents of Language-Delayed Preschoolers
Alissa Gonzalez, EdD (2014)
Arizona State University

Using Game-Based Learning To Foster Critical Thinking In Student Discourse
Marc Cicchino, EdD (2014)
Rutgers University

The Nature and Degree of the Relationship Between Chronic Absenteeism and Student Achievement in a Large Metropolitan School District in Florida
Nancy C. Kline, EdD (2014)
Lynn University

Graphic Novels and the Common Core
Tara L. Jakubik, EdD (2014)
Rutgers University

Professional Learning Community: Increasing Efficacy for Student Success
Cathleen M. Benedict, EdD (2014)
Rutgers University

Using Lesson Study with Preservice Secondary Mathematics Teachers: Effects on Instruction, Planning, and Efficacy to Teach Mathematics
Jameel Mostofo, EdD (2013)
Arizona State University

Algebra for All and its Relationship to English Language Learner’s Opportunity-to-Learn
Velma Veith, EdD (2013)
University of Southern California

California Accountability Policy and Intensification: A Quantitative Study of Teachers' Perceptions
William Wallace, EdD (2013)
California State University - Fullerton

Mathematics in a Second Grade Classroom: The Effects of Cognitively Guided Problem Solving
Amy Spilde, EdD (2013)
Arizona State University

(DiP Award Winner) Parent Involvement as an Instructional Strategy: Academic Parent-Teacher Teams
Maria C. Paredes, EdD (2012)
Arizona State University

Secondary Mathematics Teachers' Literacy Professional Learning: An Amalgamation of Adolescent Literacy, Mathematics Teaching, and Adult Learning
Janet L. Larson, EdD (2013)
University of Nebraska - Lincoln

K-12 Administrative Leadership

Transformative School Leadership: A Qualitative Examination of School Leaders' Sensemaking of Lived Racial Experiences and Racial Inequities in Education
Angelina Walker, EdD (2017)
University of Denver

(DiP Award Winner) E Hoʻoulu ʻIa Nā Kumu Mauli Ola Hawaiʻi: Preparing Hawaiian Cultural Identity Teachers
Makalapua Alencastre, EdD (2015)
University of Hawaii Manoa

(DiP Award Winner) Ubiquitous Computing in Schools: A Multi-Case Study of 1:1 Districts
John Hendron, EdD; Shawnya Tolliver, EdD; Angie Kim, EdD; Derrick Deloatch, EdD (2014)
Virginia Commonwealth University

A Regional Approach to School Diversity: The Possibility, Feasibility, and Desirability
Brian Maltby, EdD; Damon Richardson, EdD; Joseph Koontz, EdD; Ram Bhagat, EdD (2014)
Virginia Commonwealth University 

An Evaluation Study of Ravenswood's Youth Transitioning To and Through High School
Avani Patel, EdD (2014)
San Francisco State University

Influencing Social Capital in Times of Change: A Three Pronged Approach to Instructional Coaching at the Middle School Level
JoAnn Schwarting, EdD (2014)
Arizona State University

The Dynamics of Instructional Leadership & Organizational Structure in High Performing Urban Schools
Cathy R. Creasia, EdD (2014)
University of Southern California

Challenges on the Road to School Success for Low Socioeconomic and Minority Student: Dropout Prevention and Parent Involvement
Rose A. Hall, EdD (2014)
Lynn University

Equity for Students of Color Through Practitioner Accountability
Rashitta Brown EdD (2013)
University of Southern California

Deconstructing Persistence in Academic Language Among Second-Generation Latinos: How Do Second-Generation Latino Language Minority Community Students Alter Their Academic Trajectories
Silvia de la Riva, EdD (2013)
University of Southern California

Putting Time on Your Side: A System for Getting All Students on a College Ready Trajectory
Amber Jaggers, EdD & Pam Royster, EdD (2012)
University of Louisville

Statewide Communities of Practice for Excellence: A Statewide Program Evaluation
Jane Chalkley, EdD, Tyrus Lyles, EdD, & Jaime Stacy, EdD (2012)
Virginia Commonwealth University

The Unrealized Constructs of School Reform
Shannon Conlon, EdD, Trisha Gallagher, EdD, & Scott Hooper, EdD (2012)
University of Louisville 

Bringing Urban High School Reform to Scale: Rapidly Moving Dramatic Numbers of Student to Proficient Performance
Glenn Baete, EdD, Joseph Burks, EdD, & Marty Pollio, EdD (2012)
University of Louisville

(DiP Award Winner) From Policy to Practice: Implementing “Move on When Ready” at the Local Level in Arizona
Amanda Burke, EdD (2012)
Arizona State University

Implementing a Standards-Based Teacher Evaluation System: Learning Experiences for Administrators in an Urban School District
Chris Canelake, EdD (2012)
Arizona State University

Adult Education

Supporting the Camouflaged in Transition: Serving Student Veterans with Disabilities 
Brooke Boeding, EdD (2017)
California State University - Stanislaus

A Parent's Dream Come True: A Study of Adult Students Who Are Parents and Their Academic Engagement in Higher Education
Heather Muser, EdD (2017)
California State University - Stanislaus

Design and Implementation Plan for the "I am Potential" Financial Literacy Education Program
Tureka A. Louis, EdD (2014)
University of Central Florida