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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Academic Performance Among First-Year College Freshmen Following Participation in a Summer Bridge Program, Gregory Anderson Cross

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Virginia High Schools: Academic and Social Climate Performance Measures and Black Public Secondary School Administrators, Tim Duncan

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Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Instructor Perceptions of Instructional Delivery in a Virtual Environment, John Derek Faulconer

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Educators’ Perceptions of Implementation and Outcomes of Trauma-Informed Care Training in Three Appalachian Elementary Schools, Jeannie Guess

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The Impact of Mentoring in Closing the Achievement Gap for Black Male Students at a Predominantly White University in Tennessee, Patricia Waire Harlan

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Gen Z Students’ Experiences with College Choice, Heather Levesque

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Relationships Between Dual Enrollment Parameters, College Completion, and Time to Completion at Tennessee Community Colleges, Victoria N. Mellons

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Organizational Communication in Community Colleges: Staff Members’ Perspectives, Sinthea Reynolds

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Student Experiences Leaving Health Profession Interest Areas, Megan Roberts

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Beginning Teachers' Perceptions of Administrator Involvement in the Beginning Teacher Induction Process: A Phenomenological Study, Rachel Shepherd

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Examining Diversity and the Role and Influence of Post-Secondary Faculty at a Predominantly White Institution in Tennessee: A Critical Race Case Analysis, Lanell Smith

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A Quantitative Study to Examine the Relationship between School Administrators’ Path-Goal Approach and Teachers’ Perceived Working Conditions, Tierra Stark

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The Effects of Previous Traumatic Experiences on Learning Outcomes: Perceptions of Black Men Who are Attending Community College, Willie Thomas

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An Examination of the Factors Contributing to Academic Resilience Among Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Individuals in Northeast Tennessee, Connie Larissa Trivette

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Examining How Black Administrator Employment Decisions are Impacted by the Behaviors of Supervisors, Annie Wilson Whitaker

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The Contribution of Early Postsecondary Opportunities to Retention and Graduation Rates at One Community College in Tennessee, Joe Wingate

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The Lived Experiences of Introverts and their Extracurricular Involvement in a Four-Year University Environment, Maigan Wipfli

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Assessment Scores of Remote and In-Person Learning for Grades Three - Six Students in an East Tennessee School District, Jessica Adams

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Honors Participation at a Two-Year Community College: Academic and Student Engagement Outcomes, Amanda Bennett

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A Causal Comparative Study of STEM Persistence Between Supported and Non-Supported STEM Interested Students, Elizabeth Bernardi

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Perceptions of Roane State Community College Presidents on the Events Shaping the Institution’s Leadership History, John Norris Brown

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School Accountability and Chronic Absenteeism in the State of Tennessee, Heidi Campbell

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Educator Perceptions of Generational Poverty, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Student Learning, Rachel Cook

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Sororities Surviving COVID-19: A Phenomenological Study of Panhellenic Virtual Sorority Recruitment, Margaret Darden

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Black and White Student Achievement Gaps in Tennessee, Haley Dirmeyer

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Influence of Student Characteristics, Class Size, and Instructor Characteristics in Online Student Success, Melody K. Edmonds

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A Phenomenological Inquiry Exploring Parental Involvement at Alternative Schools in Eastern North Carolina, Irv Glenn II

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Teacher Perceptions of Shifts Within the School Culture After Implementation of a Trauma-Informed Program, Jennifer Green

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Looping and Academic Achievement in Elementary Schools, Kate Hall

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Response to Intervention 2 EasyCBM and AIMSweb Intervention Programs How They Relate to Student Growth, George T. Hopson

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Perceptions of Occupationally Trained Technical College Faculty on their Preparedness to Teach and on the Need for Professional Development: A Phenomenological Study, Brandon Hudson

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Generation X and Generation Y: An Exploration of Student Motivation to Learn and Technology Use, LaDonna Hutchins

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Retaining First-Generation and Pell-Eligible Students with a Near-Peer Coaching Intervention, Kacie Hutson

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Leadership Qualities of Female Presidents Serving the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology System, Kelli Kea-Carroll

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Student Chronic Absenteeism and Perceptions of School Climate, Misty Keller

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A Phenomenological Study Examining How the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed the Way Teachers Use Technology to Deliver Instruction from March 2020 - May 2021, Dedra Lamb

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A Study Investigating the Experience of Teachers’ Innovative Adaptation of Teaching and Learning, Andrea Lowery

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Defining Higher Education Writing Centers from the Perspectives of Writing Center Directors, Paul D. Ludwig Mr.

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If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It: Walt Disney’s Hero’s Journey to Professional Identity, Charles McCoin

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First-Generation Women Students’ Perceptions of Support While Enrolled in Higher Education Institutions: A Phenomenological Study, Erin Blankenship Messmer

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Remote Learning and Third-Grade Reading Performance in a 1:1 District, Amanda Milhorn

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A Comparative Analysis of Levels of Importance, Satisfaction, and Engagement among Adult Learners and Tennessee Reconnect Recipients at two Community Colleges, Kelly A. Moore-Roberts

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Educator Experiences Associated with Lateral Mobility: A Narrative Inquiry, Hunter Mullins

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Teacher Perception Concerning the Role of Elementary Principals in School Culture and Climate, Robyn Murray

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Developing Digital Literacy in Digital Natives: A Quantitative Study of Digital Literacy and Niswonger Online Students, Elizabeth Pavlovich

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Educator Perceptions of the Organizational Change Experienced in the Shift from Traditional Grading to a Standards-Based System, Melinda Ford Rainey

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Online Education and the Pandemic: A Narrative of the Experiences of First-Time Online Instructors During the Spring 2020 Semester, David Smith

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Perceptions of Teachers of Color in Independent Schools: Factors Associated with Teacher Retention, Mary Smith

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Social and Academic Experiences of Black, First-Generation, College Graduates While Attending Predominantly White Institutions, James Edward Stukes

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Retention Rates and Pre-Matriculation Variables of First-Time, Full-Time Students at Three, Small, Private, Liberal Arts Universities in Georgia, Bonnie Taylor

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Tennessee's Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program and Kindergarten Achievement, Kindetta L. Thompson

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Evidence-Based Program Selection and Duration of Implementation of Social-Emotional Learning as Related to Student Growth and Non-Academic Outcomes, Colleen K. Weems

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Dual Enrollment’s Impact on Completion, Randy Young

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Beating the Odds: Perseverance and Its Influence on Male Students’ Perceptions in Overcoming Generational Poverty, Grady C. Bailey Jr

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University Budget Models, Institutional Size, and Student Outcomes, James P. Batchelder

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Health and Academic Achievement in College and University Students, Amber Beane

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Mapping a Course to Success: The Relationship of a College to Career Navigation Exploratory Course to Academic Success, Patrick D U Davis Sr

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ACT Scores and High School Cumulative Grade Point Average as Indicators of College Graduation at one High School in East Tennessee, Ariane Day

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Examining the Relationship Among Middle School Students’ Performance on the TNReady Assessment, District Checkpoints, and Teacher-Assigned Grades, Kristina Dempsey

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Emotional Intelligence and Decision-Making in Higher Education Administrators in Post-Secondary Institutions in Eastern Tennessee, Rachel Ellis

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Teacher and Administrator Beliefs about Grade Retention in Northeast Tennessee School Districts, Christopher A. Feathers

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Teacher Retention in Secure Residential Settings, Daniel Froemel

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Students’ Meaning-Making Journeys Towards Self-Authorship Through Self-Designed Gap Year Experiences, Erin Garcia

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Teacher Perceptions of Blended Learning to Support 21st Century Learners, Nikki Hensley

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Perceptions of Student Experiences in Secondary Education Without the Presence of a Biological Father, Bradley Herrell

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Leadership Styles of Head NASCAR Executives: A Historical Perspective, Joseph A. Hurd

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Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Courses for Economically Disadvantaged Students and 2-Year Completion Rates at Tennessee Public Higher Education Institutions, Mia Hyde

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Supplemental Instruction in First-Year Chemistry Courses: Efficacy and Gender Balance, Deidre R. Johnson

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Studying Abroad and Intercultural Outcomes: Differences Experienced Between International Exchange Students and U.S. Study Abroad Students, Patricia V. Lin-Steadman

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Awareness and Utilization of Smart Mobile Devices and Mobile Apps as Teaching Tools for Community College Faculty, Denise Sherry Malloy

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Pre-Entrance Factors and Student Success in an A.A.S. Nursing Program, Connie Marshall

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UDL and Motivation: Student Perceptions of the Impact of Universal Design for Learning on Motivation of First-Year Community College Students in Rural East Tennessee, Jennifer Mayes

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Blended Learning Integration: Student Motivation and Autonomy in a Blended Learning Environment, Cheryl McHone

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Perceptions of Faculty-Student Informal Mentoring Relationships, Robert Meier

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The Lived Experiences of Adolescent ELL Students in East Tennessee, Sarah Mould

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A State of Emergency: The Experiences of Teachers in Professional Learning Communities from 1999 to 2018 in a Rural South Carolina School District, KaKela O'Banner Robinson

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The Importance of School Climate: How School Leaders in Inner City Middle Schools Shape Climate, Willie Robinson

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Teacher Perceptions of Social Emotional Learning Supports in Freshman Academy, Nadia Saint-Louis

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Positive Behavior Supports and Teacher Stress, Robin Street

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Women in Leadership: A Narrative Study on the Elements that Manifest Barriers and Opportunities, Misty Sweat

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Teacher Expectations, Self-efficacy, and Collective Efficacy in Three Tennessee Literacy Networks, Amanda Tinker

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Safety in the Educational Environment: Rural District Administrator Perceptions of School Safety in Northeast Tennessee Public Schools, Richard A. True

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Collectivism, Individualism, and Interprofessional Education: A Comparison of Faculty Across Five Academic Health Sciences Colleges, S. Alicia Williams

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Teacher Tenure in K-12 Public Education: A Study of Tennessee Tenure Law, Lucas Winstead

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Characteristics of High Quality Teachers: A Qualitative Phenomenological Study, Kelli Barnett

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Inversed Learning in an Intermediate Accounting Course, Ashley B. Bentley

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Technology for the 21st Century Workforce: A Case Study of a Rural East Tennessee Workforce Community, Kim Bolton

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Queer Students’ Perceptions of Inclusion at ABC Community College: A Phenomenology, Francis Canedo

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Programs for Language Minority Students at TBR Community Colleges: A Study of Factors Affecting Design, Caitlin Chapman-Rambo

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Successful Factors for Native and Community College Transfer Students in Engineering Technology at a Four-Year University, Leendert Craig

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Community College Grow Your Own Leadership: A Phenomenological Study of Employee Perceptions of Individual and Organizational Leadership Development, John DeLozier

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The Change Process and the Implementation of High School Jostens Renaissance Programs: A Multiple Case Study, Gregory G. English

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Apartment Residents' Understanding of and Satisfaction with Water Savings Devices, David Farmer

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Sensemaking in the Process of Inquiry: A Qualitative Case Study of a Networked Improvement Community, Bethany Fillers

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Fully Practicing the Middle School Concept: A Phenomenological Study of Virginia Middle Schools Re-Designated III As A School To Watch, Sandra Frederick

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A Comparison of Academic Success for Military Associated Students to the General Student Population at Middle Tennessee Community Colleges, Kenneth Hanson

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Capability Approach and Teacher Quality: An Analysis of Female Teacher Experience in a Rural, Malawian Community, Annabelle Hardy

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Perceptions of Maxine Smith Fellows on Barriers that Contribute to the Underrepresentation of African Americans in Faculty and Administrative Positions at the Tennessee Board of Regents, Sidney R. Hill

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The Alignment of the Budget Allocation Process to the Strategic Plan at a Liberal Arts University: A Case Study, McCartney Johnson

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Growth Scores and TEAM Observation Ratings for Teachers in a Northeast Tennessee School District, David A. Little