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)

 

Dissertations of Spring 2020 Ph.D. Graduates

 

Amber R. Borreli, Ph.D. in Community Leadership

Chair: Di You, Ph.D.

Title: The Impact of Race in Police Leadership

 

Patricia A. Brenner, Ph.D. in Educational Leadership

Chair: Margaret Anne Dougherty, Ph.D.

Title: A Mixed Methods Inquiry of Practicum in School Counseling Student and Supervisor Experiences

 

Julia K. Dunst, Ph.D. in Community Leadership

Chair: Spencer S. Stober, Ed.D.

Title: Articulation of Community Engagement in Higher Education: A Comparative Study of Carnegie Classified Schools

 

James M. Elliker, Ph.D. in Corporate Leadership

Chair: Spencer S. Stober, Ed.D.

Title: Finding Greenleaf in a Hotel Dedicated to a City

 

Sean F. Griech, Ph.D. in Community Leadership

Chair: Spencer S. Stober, Ed.D.

Title: The Role of Ethical Leadership in the Clinical Decision Making of Physical Therapists in Caring for Patients of Differing Socioeconomic Status and Race with Low Back Pain in the United States

 

Harun Gultekin, Ph.D. in Educational Leadership

Chair: Margaret Anne Dougherty, Ph.D.

Title: Servant Leadership in School Leaders and Teachers and Its Effect on Student Achievement

 

Daniel E. Lebo, Ph.D. in Community Leadership

Chair: Di You, Ph.D.

Title: Understanding Contributing Factors of Burnout in United Methodist Clergy

 

Helen M. Midouhas, Ph.D. in Community Leadership

Chair: Di You, Ph.D.

Title: The Attachment Style Differences Among Pennsylvania Mentors and Mentees and Their Leadership Career Aspirations

 

Jullien Searfoss, Ph.D. in Educational Leadership

Chair: Margaret Anne Dougherty, Ph.D.

Title: The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Styles and Gender of Superintendents in Pennsylvania Public School Districts

 

Salvador Sepulveda, Jr., Ph.D. in Educational Leadership

Chair: Margaret Anne Dougherty, Ph.D.

Title: A Pilot Study on How School Principal's Authentic Leadership Affects Teacher Morale, School Health and Student Achievement

 

Benjamin Delp Watts, Ph.D. in Corporate Leadership

Chair: Margaret Ann Dougherty, Ph.D.

Title: A Phenomenological Case Study on Orchestral Leadership: A Pilot Study

 

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