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UH Cooperative doctoral Program

University of Houston - The University of Texas at Brownsville
Doctoral Programs in Education

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 Dissertation Proposals

There are steps before this defense, of course.  First, a committee must be formed and requires, of course, a form. Download Appointment of Dissertation/Thesis Committee and complete it.  Each committee must have a research professor.  A faculty member from UT-B should be asked to be a co-chair of your committee.  I will need to have a copy of this person’s vita to get this appointment formalized.  In addition, regulations require that one faculty member from UH who is NOT in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction serve on your committee. .  Many of you will request Dr. Gaa to serve in this role.  If your study is not in his area of expertise, please work with me to find an appropriate faculty member.

 

  • At least ten days prior to the defense you should have provided hard copies of your proposal to your entire committee.  In addition, an electronic copy of your proposal abstract must be shared with the entire UH/COE faculty ten working days before the defense.  Again, if you would work through me to ensure appropriate scheduling and timelines, it will save you some time and effort.  I can serve as the portal through which the abstract and announcement of your defense are forwarded to the appropriate individuals.

 

Final Dissertation Defenses

Again, at least ten working days prior to your final defense you should have provided hard copies of your study to your entire committee.  In addition, an electronic copy of your final dissertation abstract must be shared with the entire UH/COE faculty ten working days before the defense.  Again, I can serve as the portal through which the abstract and announcement of your final defense are forwarded to the appropriate individuals.

  • While dissertations should be defended by Jul15 to qualify for August graduation, please note that dissertations successfully defended before August 20 will permit you to petition to graduate in December without enrolling in the fall (think $$$).  Obviously, the more successful defenses within the accepted time frame, the better.

 

Graduation 

Check web site: http://www.uh.edu/enroll/rar/graduation_information.html

 

Please note: All completed and signed petitions, etc. can be send to me electronically at this address or faxed to 713-743-9870.

         HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM

Since the early 1980s, the University of Houston (UH) College of Education has been delivering Doctor of Education degree programs in the Rio Grande Valley in cooperation with The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB).  The faculty at both universities recognized a very definite need for educational opportunities beyond the master's degree in a woefully underserved area of the State.  In 1983, Higher Education Commissioner Kenneth Ashworth, in a letter to University of Houston System president Charles E. Bishop, gave approval for an Ed. D. program in collaboration with UTB.  Initially, course offerings were sporadic.

     However, in 1988 Drs. Barton R. Herrscher of UH and Peter B. Gawenda of UTB designed and implemented a program, initially funded by UTB which, to date, has produced more than 60 doctoral graduates.  They perfected a system whereby residents of the Valley, fully enrolled as UH graduate students, progress through the program fulfilling all requirements for the doctorate, including on-campus residency in Houston.  Since 1993, the program has been funded by the State through UTB and by UH.  In 1996, Drs. Herrscher and Gawenda were honored with a State of Texas legislative proclamation, authored by Senator Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, recognizing their outstanding efforts in expanding educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. 

     In 1999 the focus of the program shifted from a doctoral program in Educational Leadership to Curriculum and Instruction.

 The UH-UTB alliance has demonstrated that outreach efforts can be very successful given careful design and exemplary implementation.  UH faculty members making extraordinary contributions to this effort over the years, past and present, include Drs. Wilford Weber, Allen Warner, Howard Jones, Richard Hooker, Richard Strahan, Dov Liberman, Robert Randall, Larry Hughes, Cynthia Norris, Sharon Richardson, Robert Craig, John Gaa, Robert Williams and Cheryl Craig.  Those in the Rio Grande Valley providing extra measures of support include Drs. Carl Stockton, Sylvia Peña, Charles Lackey, John Ronnau, Mimosa Stephenson, Ava Miller and Carl Carlan.

 

FACULTY/STAFF, STUDENTS AND GRADUATES

UH Principals

Dr. Wilford Weber, Professor 
Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Dr. Allen Warner, Professor 
Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Dr. Howard Jones, Professor Emeritus
Department of Curriculum & Instruction  

Dr. Cheryl Craig, Assoc Professor
Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Dr. John Gaa, Professor

Department of Educational Psychology

UTB Principals

Dr. Charles Lackey, Dean Graduate Studies

Dr. Carl Stockton, Dean
School of Education

Dr. Peter Gawenda, Professor

Ms. Perla Martinez, Program Associate
Graduate Studies

 

Graduates

Peter Gawenda (May 1986). The Use of the German Language in the Schools of San Antonio, Texas From 1880 To 1910, Dr. Dennis Spuck, Chair

Estella Robles Guetzow (May 1991).  Personal Values and Leadership Styles of Elementary School Principals and Effective School Correlates, Dr. Cynthia J. Norris, Chair

Beverly Kithcart ( May 1991). Hispanic Students:  Characteristics of Those Who Choose a Postsecondary Education, Dr. Richard D. Strahan, Chair

Frank Benton (May 1992).  A Systematic Development and Evaluation of a Graduate Field Botany Course, Dr. Barton R. Herrscher, Chair

Mary Ellen Correa (May 1992).  A Case Study of School Practices and Policies Which Contribute to Dropping Out of School Among Marginal Mexican-American Students, Dr. Patricia E. Holland, Chair

Dianne Johnson (November 1992).  The Relationship of Reading, Attitudes and Learning Strategies to Writing in College Freshman, Dr. Richard D. Strahan, Chair

Janis Sotherden (December 1992).The Reentry of "Third Culture Kids" Into the United States, Dr. Robert S. Randall, Chair

Virginia Wood (December 1992).  An Investigation of Job Related Tension as a Function of Role Conflict and Role Ambiguity in Department Chairpersons in Selected Texas Community Colleges, Dr. Richard D. Strahan, Chair

Terry Brattin (May 1993).  The Impact of Mandatory Placement and Remediation on Persistence and Academic Achievement:  A Study of the Texas Academic Skills Program at a State Technical College, Dr. Barton R. Herrscher, Chair

L. Michael Metke (May 1993).  Students Who Persist:  Factors Associated With the Persistence of Mexican American Students at a Two-Year Technical College, Dr. Robert S. Randall, Chair

Donna C. Marhoun (August 1993).  A Narrative Study of High Achieving Women from Migrant Family Backgrounds, Dr. Patricia E. Holland, Chair 

Rebecca V. Rendon (December 1993).  An Investigation of Competencies Needed for Teachers of Gifted and Talented in Texas, Dr. Robert S. Randall, Chair

Zelma Mata (December 1993).  Anglo and Hispanic Women Administrators' Perceptions of the Conflict Among Their Multiple Roles as Professional, Spouse, Parent and Self in Selected Higher Education Institutions in Texas, Drs. Barton R. Herrscher & Richard D. Strahan, Co-Chairs

Ligia Cardenas (December 1993).  A Comparative Study of the Phonological Development of English Dominant and Spanish Dominant Kindergarten Children as Measured  by Their Spelling, Dr. Laveria F. Hutchison, Chair

Christina Saavedra (December 1993).  Gender Difference Among a Doctoral Student Cohort in Perceptions of Role Congruence, Faculty Support, and Peer Support, Drs. Barton R. Herrscher & Richard D. Strahan, Co-Chairs

Rebecca Saavedra (August 1994).  Alienation of Latino Medical Students:  The Effect of Acculturation, Ethinic Identity and Minority Student Stressors, Dr. Barton R. Herrscher & Dr. Consuelo Arbona, Co-Chairs

Marla Guerra (August 1994).  The Texas Induction Year Program as Viewed by Mentor and Protege Participants in Select Districts in the Rio Grande Valley, Drs. Cynthia J. Norris & Kip Tellez, Co-Chairs

Alonzo Cavazos (August 1994).  A Measure of Bachelor of Social Work Students' Learning in Field Instruction at The University of Texas - Pan American, Drs. Barton R. Herrscher & Fernando Galan, Co-Chairs

Ava Miller (May 1995).  The Development of a Health Careers Database Computer Program, Dr. Larry W. Hughes, Chair

Ernestina Briones (May 1995).  Self-Esteem and Leadership Aspiration of Registered Nurses in the Rio Grande Valley, Drs. Barton R. Herrscher & Israel Cuellar, Co-Chairs

Gloria Crum (May 1995).  A Study of the Relationship Between Leadership Style and Teacher Empowerment in Schools Involved in Educational Restructuring on Campuses in the Texas Partnership Schools Initiative, Dr. Cynthia J. Norris, Chair

Mitzi Dominguez (May 1995).  Attitudes of Superintendents Regarding the Use of Student Evaluation of Instruction in the Secondary School Teacher Evaluation Process, Dr. Richard D. Strahan, Chair

Marty Driggers (May 1995).  A Sudy to Determine Current Office Skills Required of Post-Secondary Vocational Graduates for Employment in the Rio Grande Valley with Implications for Curriculum Revisions, Dr. Barton R. Herrscher, Chair

Irene Treviño Gulley (May 1995).  Hispanic Women in Positions of Leadership, Dr. Robert P. Craig, Chair 

Palma Talley (May 1995).  Interdisciplinary Teaming From an Administrative Perspective, Dr. Robert P. Craig, Chair

Deloria Nanze-Davis (August 1995).  The Relationship Between Reading and Attitudes and Mathematical Verbal Problem-Solving Ability of Introductory Algebra College Students, Drs. Robert S. Randall & Barton R. Herrscher, Co-Chairs

Katherine Dougherty (December 1995).  Nursing Faculty Teaching in Associate Degree Programs:  The Relationship Between Job Satisfaction and Institutional Structure, Dr. Barton R. Herrscher, Chair

Jeanie Ralston (December 1995).  The Effects of S.R. Covey's 'The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People' A Training Program, On the Job Performance  of Higher Education Employees, Drs. Sharon A. Richardson & Barton R. Herrscher, Co-Chairs

Francie Mahar (May 1996).  An Historical Inquiry Into the Effects of Federal and State Legislation on Vocational Office Education in Secondary Schools in Texas From 1963 To 1993, Dr. Albert H. Miller, Chair

Reynaldo Ramirez, Jr. (May 1996).  A Systematic Development and Evaluation of a Curriculum for Coordinated-Thematic Seventh Grade Science Teachers, Dr. Barton R. Herrscher, Chair

Baltazar Cisneros (August 1996).  A Systematic Development and Evaluation of a Coordinated-Thematic Science II Inservice Curriculum for Eighth Grade Teachers, Dr. Barton R. Herrscher, Chair

Gerald D. Hollier, Jr. (August 1996).  A Study of School Counselors' Perceptions with Respect to Counseling Gay and Lesbian Students in the School Setting, Drs. Robert P. Craig & Dov Liberman, Co-Chairs

Irma Saenz Jones (August 1996).  The Development of a Cooperative Doctoral Orientation Program for Institutions of Higher Edcuation, Dr. Barton R. Herrscher, Chair

Karen N.  Valencia (December 1996).  Dropping Out: A Regression Study of Variables Related to Attrition Rates among Hispanic Students from Colonias of Hidalgo County in South Texas, Drs. Robert P. Craig & Dov Liberman, Co-Chairs

Linda S. Eanes (December 1996).  Cost-Effective Exercise Promotion Strategies for Primarily Sedentrary Adult Females Enrolled in an Associate Degree Nursing Program, Drs. Barton R. Herrscher & Dov Liberman, Co-Chairs 

Mark G. Sorenson (May 1997).  The Design and Evaluation of a Self-Paced Curriculum on the World Wide Web for Economic Developers, Dr. Larry W. Hughes, Chair

Marvin Lovett (August 1997).  The Development of a Curriculum for the Mass Distribution of Products Via Consignment Auction Liquidation Outlets, Drs. Barton R. Herrscher & Richard D. Strahan, Co-Chairs

Chris E. Clearman (August 1997).  Legal Developments in the Education of All Handicapped Children Act (1975) and the Individuals with Disabilities Act (1990), Dr. Richard D. Strahan, Chair 

Cindy Lou Milan (August 1997).  Identifying Predictors of Performance for the Associate Degee Graduate Nurse on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, Dr. Douglas Hermond, Chair

Benay Morris (December 1997).  Accelerated Block Scheduling in Six High Schools, Dr. Douglas Hermond, Chair

Kelly Gutierrez (May 1998).  An Analysis of an Intensive English Program at The University of Texas-Pan American, Drs. Barton R. Herrscher & Wilford A. Weber, Co-Chairs

Marie Simonsson (May 1998).  Cognitive Aspects of Stress in Educational Administrators, Drs. Barton R. Herrscher & Victor Alvarado, Co-Chairs

Mary Rose (May 1998).  The Effect of Instructional Methods on College Students' Attitudes Toward Computers, Drs. Barton R. Herrscher & Wilford A. Weber, Co-Chairs

Gloria Moody Kury (May 1998).  Acculturation and Academic Success of Mexican-American Adolescents, Dr. Liane Brouillette, Chair

Margarita Mancillas (May 1998).  A Study of the Influence of a University/School District Intervention Program on Parental Involvement and College Enrollment, Drs. Sharon A. Richardson & Wilford A. Weber, Co-Chairs

Patrick McGehee (May 1999).  A Study of Policies and Practices in Developmental Education in Texas Public Higher Education Institutions, Drs. Sharon A. Richardson & Wilford A. Weber, Co-Chairs

Bertha Zuñiga Campos (May 1999).  The Effect of Teacher Ethnicity on the Perceptions of Mexican American Elementary, Secondary, and College Students, Drs. Wilford A. Weber & Dr. Barton R. Herrscher, Co-Chairs

Sylvia Perez Atkinson (May 1999).  Perceptions of First-Year Public School Teachers in the Brownsville Independent School District Regarding the Application of the Professional Development Appraisal System, Dr. Richard L. Hooker, Chair

Alberto Jose Herrera (May 2000).  The Systematic Development and Evaluation of a Model for Institutional Effectiveness Through Program Evaluation for American State Senior Colleges, Drs. Robert S. Randall & Cynthia J. Norris, Co-Chairs

Alexa Pfister (May 2000).  The Effect of Personality Type of Bilingual Students on English Reading Performance in a Computer Driven Developmental Reading Laboratory: Implications for Educational Leaders, Dr. Robert P. Craig, Chair

Stephen Messenger (August 2000).  The Effect of Alienation Among High School Graduates With Learning Disabilities and High School Dropouts With Learning Disabilities in a South Texas Public School System, Drs. Barton R. Herrscher & Richard L. Hooker, Co-Chairs

Virginia Richter (August 2000).  Principal Leadership Style in High and Low SES Exemplary Elementary Schools in Texas: A Comparative Study, Drs. Mary Alice Obermiller & Wilford A. Weber, Co-Chairs

Veronica Galvan Carlan (December 2000).  Development of an Instrument to Assess the Use of Developmentally Apopropriate Practices in Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood Classrooms, Drs. Howard L. Jones & Juanita V.  Copley, Co-Chairs

Hilda Silva (December 2000).  The Effects of Mentoring Experiences on Withdrawl Behavior Among First Year Students in a Community College, Dr. Amaury Nora, Chair

Lucila Petrie (May 2001).  The Relationship Between Teacher Stress and Counseling Referrals in Elementary Schools, Drs. Richard L. Hooker & Robert P. Craig, Co-Chairs

Leticia T. Villarreal (August 2001).  The Effect of Curriculum-Aligned Instruction on Reading and Mathematics Achievement, Dr. Wilford A. Weber, Chair

Nora Tijerina Cantu (August 2001).  The Effect of Block Scheduling on The Reading and Mathematics Achievement of Tenth-Grade Students, Dr. Wilford A. Weber, Chair

Patrick Mullen Burchfield (December 2001).  A Systematic Development and Evaluation of an Undergraduate Course in Zoo Biology, Drs. Dov Liberman & Barton R. Herrscher, Co-Chairs

Donald Ray Shuler, Jr. (December 2001).  Legal Developments and Their Implications to Public Schools of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Dr. Richard Hooker, Chair

Renée C. Rubin (May 2002).  Conversations About Reading Processes in Spanish and English Among Six Latino/A Eighth-Graders, Dr. Irma Guadarrama, Chair

Joanelda Garza-Burciaga (May 2002).  The Effect of a Choice Theory Program on the Attendance and Conduct of Sixth Grade Students, Dr. Wilford A. Weber, Chair

John Butler (May 2002).  The Effect of Participation in a Scholastic Assessment Test Preparation Program on Student Performance on the Scholastic Assessment Test, Dr. Wilford A. Weber, Chair

Wilma Jo Garza Smetter (August 2002). The Effect of an After-School Tutorial Program on the Reading Achievement of At-Risk Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Students, Dr. Wilford A. Weber, Chair

Mireya Castañeda Henggeler (August 2002). Perceptions of the Second Language Classroom Environment by Second Language Students, Dr. Wilford A. Weber, Chair

Jonella Jean Kimmel (August 2002).  The Effect of Social  Skills Education on the Social Competence of Sixth Grade Students, Dr. Wilford A. Weber, Chair

Isela Treviño Almaguer (May, 2003) Effect of Dyad Reading Instruction on the Reading Achievement of Hispanic Third Grade Limited English Proficient Students Drs. Howard L. Jones and Wilford A. Weber, co-chairs

Alma Dolores Fernandez (May, 2003) The Effect of Dual Language Instruction on the Pre-reading Skills of Kindergarten Students  Drs. Howard L. Jones and Wilford A. Weber, co-chairs

Parviz Ghavami (May, 2003) The Impact of Cognitive Aspects of problem Solving on the Achievement of First-Year College Physics Students Drs. Barton Herrscher and Richard Hooker, co-chairs

Cari Kenner (May, 2003) Self-Perceived Influences on the Storied Success of female Mexican-American Students Dr. Cheryl Craig, Chair

Patricia de los Santos Lopez (May, 2003) The Effect of Phonemic Awareness Instruction on the Reading Development of Mexican American First Grade Students  Drs. Howard L. Jones and Wilford A. Weber, co-chairs

 

Susan Collentine (August, 2003) The Effect of, as Tough as Necessary, A Violence and Safe School Teacher Training Program on Student Violence and Misconduct in Middle Schools Drs. Wilford A. Weber and Richard Hooker, co-chairs

Joseph-Rene Corbeil (August, 2003) Online Technologies Self-Efficacy, Self-Directed Learning Readiness, and Locus of Control of Learners in a Graduate-Level Web-Based Distance Education Program Drs. Sara McNeil and Wilford A. Weber, co-chairs

Gloria Jean Vela (August, 2003) Spiritual Maturity and The Leadership Style of Public School Administrators in South Texas Dr. Richard Hooker, chair

Rita B. Hernandez (August, 2003) Culture Clash in a South Texas Colonia: Teachers' and Parent's Attitudes and Practices Regarding Parental Involvement Drs. Howard Jones and Wilford A. Weber, co-chairs

Charles Reininger (December 2004)  Locus of Control and Performance at a Secondary Military Boarding School Drs. Howard Jones and Wilford A. Weber, co-chairs

 Sandra McGehee (December 2004) A Study of the Relationship Between Displaced      Homemakers  Programs’ Components and the Effectiveness of the Programs in Texas Public Higher    Education  Institutions Drs. Howard Jones and Wilford A. Weber, co-chairs

 Pamela Flores (May 2005) The Effect of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program [GEAR UP] on Algebra I Enrollment, Academic Achievement and  Enrollment Rate in Rigorous Courses Drs. Howard Jones and Wilford A. Weber, co-chairs

Virginia Garza Miller (May 2005)  An Evaluation of a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program After Its Initial Year of Implementation  Drs. Howard L. Jones and Wilford A. Weber, co-chairs

 Elsa Cárdenas Hagan (May 2005)  The Effect of a Multisensory, Structured Spelling Program on the Spelling Achievement of Hispanic Elementary School Students  Drs. Howard L. Jones and Coleen Carlson, co-chairs

 María Elena Valdés-Corbeil  (May 2005)  The Effect of the Wastson-Glaser Critical Thinking of Teacher  Education Program Applicants  Drs. Howard L. Jones and Wilford A. Weber, co-chairs

John Stephen Rosales (August 2005)  The Effect of Computer-Assisted Instruction on the Mathematics Achievement of Ninth Grade High School Students in the Lower Rio Grande Valley Drs. Howard L. Jones and Wilford A. Weber, co-chairs

 Laura M. Villarreal (December 2005)  Nontraditional Students Enrolled in a Community University:  Their Journey from Risk to Resilience  Drs. Cheryl J. Craig and Howard L. Jones, co-chairs

 Carolyn Groman Burks (December 2005)  Combating The Bartleby Syndrome With Synectics: Examining Teacher Attitudes and The Influences on Student Writing  Drs. Cheryl J. Craig and  Howard L. Jones, co- chairs

Leslie Kimberling Jones (December 2005)  The Effect of Applying Active Reading Study Strategies to Varying Text Lengths on the Lower-Level Comprehension of Developmental Reading Students  Drs. Wilford A. Weber and Dr. Howard L. Jones, co-chair

 Leticia De Leon (December 2005)  The Circle is Drawn: A Narrative Journey into the Reading    Motivation  of  Three Middle School Students from a Small, Rural, Rio Grande Valley School  Dr. Cheryl  L. Craig, Chair

 Hector F. Aldape (May 2006)  An Autobiographical Account of the Factors That Contribute to the Integration of the Hispanic Community in American Society  Dr. Cheryl L. Craig, Chair

Gabriela De La Garza Cedillo (May 2006)  The Effect of a Cognitive, Language, Motor Skills Stimulation Program on the Cognitive, Language, and Motor Skills of Children in Childcare Centers  Drs. Wilford A.Weber and Howard L. Jones, co-chairs

Dixie Keyes (May 2006)  Metaphorical Voices:  Secondary Students' Exploration into Multidimensional Perspectives in Literature and Creative Writing Using the Synectics Model Drs. Cheryl L. Craig and Howard L. Jones, co-chairs

 Dana Yates (May 2006)  The Effects of Connected Mathematics on the Mathematics Achievement of Sixth Grade Students  Drs. Susan Williams and Howard L. Jones, Co-Chairpersons

 Tony M. Desjardins (December 2006)  A Comparative Study of Open Source and Proprietary Word Processing Applications. Drs. Rene Corbeil and Howard Jones, Co-Chairpersons

 Rebecca P. Fralick (December 2006)  A Comparative Study of Fourth Grade English Language Learners Who Participate in a Transitional Bilingual Model, a Dual Bilingual Model, or English-Only Instruction in a Selected South Texas School District.. Drs. Veronica Carlan and Howard Jones, Co-Chairpersons

Elias Rodriguez (December 2006)  An Exploration of Factors Contributing to Stress and Burnout in Male Hispanic Middle School Teachers. Drs. Cheryl Craig and Howard Jones, Co-Chairpersons

 Eric Anderson (December 2006)  The Evolution of Higher Education in China:  Storied Experiences of Internet Usage by Students and Faculty Drs. Cheryl Craig and Howard Jones, Co-Chairpersons

 Catherine Thomas (December 2006)  Resiliency and Faith Development in Middle School Students   Attending Catholic Schools in Brownsville, Texas Drs. Wilford Weber and Howard L. Jones, Co-Chairpersons

 Janice Wilson Butler (May 2007)  Teachers' Attitudes Toward Computers After Receiving Training in Low- Threshold Digital Storytelling Applications  Drs. Michael Sullivan and Howard L. Jones, Co-Chairpersons

 Charles Henry Ratliff (May 2007)  The Relationship Between Reading and Science Achievement of Fifth Grade Students as Measured by the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Test

 Patricia Quesada (May 2007)  A Comparative Study of the Writing Achievement of Fourth Grade English Language Learners in a Dual Language Bilingual Program and a Transitional Bilingual Program in the Lower Rio Grande Valley             

Gregorio Garcia (May, 2007)  The Effect of Semi-Departmentalized Instruction on the Achievement of Fifth Grade Students as Measured by the TAKS  Fifth Grade Science Test. Drs. Rey Ramirez and Howard Jones, Co-Chairpersons

Deborah Anne Wilson Banker (August 2007)  Teacher Perceptions and Students with Learning Disabilities Perceptions of Academic Motivation, Academic Skills, Study Skills, and Classroom Engagement  Drs.Howard L. Jones and Maria Elena V. Corbeil, Co-Chairpersons

 Ute Kaden (August 2007)  An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating Professional Development Program  Drs. Howard Jones and Maria Elena Valdes-Corbeil, Co-Chairpersons

Juan Chavez, Jr.  (August 2007)  Stages of Concern About Technology Integration of Teachers in Four South Texas Schools

Estela Reynoso Filizola  (May 2008) The Effect of a Test Preparation Course on the SAT Scores of Students at Saint Joseph Academy  Dr. Howard L. Jones, Chair

 Ninfa V. Garcia (Spring 2008) Scholastic Chess Club Participation and the Academic Achievement of Hispanic Fifth–Grade Students in South Texas

 Daniel Esteban González (May 2008) An Examination of the Rationales Given by Gifted and Talented Mexican American Students for Exiting High School Gifted and Talented Programs  Drs. F. Richard Olenchak and Dr. Howard L. Jones, Co-Chairpersons

 Alexandra Hobbs (May 2008) Academic Achievement: Montessori and Non-Montessori Private School Settings  Dr. Howard L. Jones, Chairperson

 Sonia Betancourt Saenz (May 2008) The Effects of a Comprehensive Tutor-Assisted Oral Reading Program on At- Risk Hispanic Elementary Students  Dr. Howard L. Jones, Chairperson

 Laura Causey Sheneman (May 2008) Stages of Concern Implementing an Online Curriculum Management Program  Drs. Howard L. Jones and Rene Corbeil, Co-Chairpersons

 Belinda Torres (August 2008)  The Performance of Tech Prep and Non-Tech Prep Students in Two-Year Postsecondary Institutions in South Texas  Dr. Howard L. Jones and Dr. Maria E. Valdes-Corbeil, Co- Chairpersons

Sylvia A. Leal (August 2008)  Perceptions of Mexican-American College Students on Factors That Impact Post-Secondary Preparation and Matriculation  Dr. Howard L.Jones, Chairperson

Brian J. Warrent (December 2008)  A Meeting of Methodologies:  Creating a Children's Theatre Exemplar

Benita Darlene Trevino-Diaz  (May 2009) How Elementary Students Experience The Accelerated Reader Program in a South Texas Border School
 
Eva-Marie Bisaillon (May 2009) Self-Study: Steeped in Reductionism and Formalism; Yet Experienced in Narrative

Maria Magdalena Aguilar-Crandall (May 2009) Dissertation title: Understanding Child Care Leaders' Decisions in Making Books Accessible to the Children at their Child Care Centers

Michael Edward Baldwin (May 2010) Reflections on Implementing Several Models of Teaching in a High School Biology Class

Suzanne V. Dougherty (December 2011) Simulation:  Perceptions of First Year Associate Degree Nursing Students

Roni Louise Crow Rentfro (May 2013) Opening an Early College High School:  A Personal And Professional Journey of Theory Into Practice Through Shared Stories

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