Dissertation

The dissertation is the culmination of the doctoral program and as such must reflect a high degree of scholarly competence for students. Students will be required to first submit and defend their dissertation proposal. Students will advance to full dissertation after they have successfully defended their proposal. The full dissertation must report, in an accepted scholarly style, an original investigation of a research problem or theory of significance in the student’s area of concentration.

The final product will demonstrate the candidate’s ability to conduct original qualitative, quantitative or mixed research design in an area related to leadership in educational, public, or private organizations. The dissertation will take place over a minimum of three semesters. The student will meet periodically with their dissertation committee to obtain feedback and guidance regarding progress throughout the three dissertation semesters.

Students will register for the following:

Qualifying Exam (0 credits, academic plan registration number PHD 900)

Dissertation (12 credits, academic plan registration numbers PHD 910, 912, 914, 916)
Students must complete Qualifying Candidacy Examinations (commonly called the Comprehensive Exam) before registering for the dissertation. 

Dissertation Defense (0 credits, academic plan registration number PHD 980)

Contact Admissions:

610.790.1924

phd@alvernia.edu

 

Dissertations of Spring 2019 Ph.D. Graduates

 

Michael L. Saylor, Ph.D. in Educational Leadership

Chair: Dr. Margaret Anne Dougherty

Title: The Impact of The Leader In Me School Leadership Model On Perceived Shared Leadership

 

Esther Abigail Wells, Ph.D. in Community Leadership

Chair: Dr. Tim H. Blessing

Title: Reading Leadership Life Writing: A Critical-Historical Interpretation of Black Jewish Life in The Americas

 

Crystal I. Edwards, Ph.D. in Community Leadership

Chair: Dr. Kevin Godfrey

Title: Leaders and Perceptions of Leadership among Latinos in Reading, Pa: A Pilot Study

 

Jay R. Harf, Ph.D. in Corporate Leadership

Chair: Dr. Samuel Bradley

Title: Executive Viewpoints of Occupational Safety Excellence: An Exploration of Emergent Leadership Theory and Practice

 

Curtis R. Stevens, Ph.D. in Community Leadership

Chair: Dr. Spencer Stober

Title: Leadership at Three Mile Island: A Qualitative Study of a Technological Disaster

 

Gerald P. Witmer Jr., Ph.D. in Educational Leadership

Chair: Dr. Margaret Anne Dougherty

Title: Leadership for Career & Technical Education Improvement: The Relationship between Instructional Coaching and Student Achievement

 

Allison Austin, Ph.D. in Educational Leadership

Chair: Dr. Karen Ann V. Cameron

Title: Examination of Leadership Styles: Program Directors of Athletic Training Programs Using the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (Mlq)

Ph.D. in Leadership