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Dissertations from 2019

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Weeding Through College Drinking: The Moderating Role of Marijuana Use on Alcohol Use, Protective Behavioral Strategies, and Negative Consequences, Mallorie Carroll

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Profiles of Interest in Holland's Theory in Relation to Personality and Sex, Erica L. Mathis

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Overparenting, Emotional Distress, and Subjective Well-Being: Facets of Emotional Distress Tolerance as Mediators, Christopher M. Perez

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Moderating Effect of Homeschooling on Retention and Academic Achievement of STEM Majors at a Private, Faith-Based, Liberal Arts College, Aresia Watson

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Overparenting and Young Adult Narcissism: Psychological Control and Interpersonal Dependency as Mediators, Nathan Alexander Winner

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Peer-Mediated Tootling with a Standardized Form and a Mystery Motivator in High School Classrooms, Sarah J. Wright

Dissertations from 2018

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A Study of the Teaching Beliefs of GLOBE Teachers, Laila Ali

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Antimicrobial Materials via Thiol-ene Chemistry, Dahlia Amato

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Functional Emulsions via Thiol-Ene Chemistry, Douglas Amato

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Refugee Resettlement and Perceptions of Insecurity: A Comparative Study of The United States and Canada, Erik Amundson

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Root Dynamics of Crop Plants in a High Carbon Dioxide World: Effects of Elevated Versus Ambient Carbon Dioxide Levels and No-Till Versus Conventional Agricultural Management, Charlotte Barker

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A New Keynesian, Neo-Institutional Synthesis: Connecting and Explaining Under-Evaluated Risks in Consumption, Trade, and Finance, Todd Barry

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Structural Model of Child Routines and Self-Regulation in Relation to Parenting and Externalizing Behavior Problems in Young Children, Lovina R. Bater

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The Characterization of the Transcription Factor Msab and Its Role in Staphylococcal Virulence, Justin Batte

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Political Accountability and Determinants of Governance under Principal-Agent Theory, Matthew Bluem

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The Prospective Influence of Religiousness on Alcohol Use: What Role Do Perceived Norms Play?, Corey Todd Brawner

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Exploring Temperament in Beluga Whale Calves (Delphinapterus Leucas), Beri Brown

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Rendering Reliance: Consuming Coloniality in the Global North, Victoria L. Brown

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Material Realism: A Systems Theory of International Politics, Paul Burton

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Determinants of the Generalized Trust Radius in Scripted Fragile Sub-Saharan African States, Anthony Caito

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Consuming Victory: American Women and the Politics of Food Rationing During World War II, Kelly Cantrell

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“The Moral of This Nazi Fairytale”: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Invisible Adult Education in World War II-Era Film, Lauren Carson

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The Influence of an Electronic Attendance Monitoring System on Undergraduate Academic Success, Charles Childress

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Southeastern Tanzanian Benedictine Monasteries: Filling a Void of Governmental Services for the Poorest Regions, John Christie-Searles

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Esprit De Marine Corps: The Making of the Modern Marine Corps through Public Relations, 1898-1945, Colin Colbourn

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Exploring Churn and Alignment between Retention and Occupational Culture as Perceived by Professional Truck Drivers, Catherine M. Cole

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The Influence of Manual and Hydraulic Stretchers on Recruitment, Retention, and Turnover in the Emergency Medical Services Workforce, Gregory Cole

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Thermosetting Polymers via Azide Alkyne Cycloaddition, Richard H. Cooke III

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Gendered Racism and Risky Sexual Behavior Among African American College Women: A Moderated Mediation Study of Psychological Distress, Alcohol Use, Safe Sex Practices, and Alcohol Protective Behavioral Strategies, Danielle P. Cottonham

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The Flutists of the John Philip Sousa’s Band: A Study of the Flute Section and Soloists, Ramon da Silva Moraes

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A Pedagogical Guide to Selected Intermediate and Early-Advanced Piano Works by Sergei Prokofiev: Developing Technical Skills to Master His Advanced Repertoire, Kaleb Davis

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Social Capital in Indian Country: The Effects of Bridging and Bonding on Job Acquisition, Stephanie Davison

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Perspectives Regarding Care of Students Enrolled in Special Education Day Schools for Emotionally Disabled Students, Robin Y. Davis

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A Mechanistic Understanding of Self-Propagating Amyloid-β Oligomer Conformations in Alzheimer Disease, Dexter Nathanael Dean

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Personality in California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) and Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina): Methodological Convergence and Species-Specific Emotional Repertoires., Amber de Vere

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It’s in the Way You Move: The Effects of Surface Luminance and Texture Discontinuities on Object-Reachability Revealed by Head-Motion in Virtual Reality, Jonathan K. Doyon

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Gullah Babies, Monic Ductan

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A Conductor's Guide to Christian Wind Band Literature, Wesley Dykes

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Male Belting: An Exploration of Technique and Style From 1967 to Current, bruce earnest

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The Feasibility of using Inherent Optical Properties and the Apparent Optical Property Remote Sensing Reflectance to estimate Suspended Particulate Matter, Particularly for use in Airborne Hydrographic Surveys, Sarah Epps

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Exploring the Moderating Effects of Family Functioning and Child Grit on the Relation between ADHD Endophenotypes and ADHD Symptoms, Karin Fisher

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The Role of Critical Literacy in Challenging the Status Quo in Twentieth Century English Children’s Literature, Rene Fleischbein

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Mississippi Teacher's Perspectives of Danielson's Framework for Teaching, Donna Floyd

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Hydrogen Bond Mediated Water Structuring, Diffusion, and Elastic Properties in Acrylamide Copolymer Glycohydrogels, April Levu Fogel

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Voluntary Professional Development in Thailand: Teachers’ Motivation, Professional Life Phase, and Contingencies of Self-Worth, Pongwat Fongkanta

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Identifying Barriers to Teacher Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in Middle-School Reading, Brenda Fortson

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Identifying the Social Contexts Present for Mouthing Behaviors in Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), Erin E. Frick

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Tired Consultation to Improve and Maintain Teachers’ Behavior Specific Praise, Mariangely Melendez Galan-Torres

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A Study of the Protective Factors that Foster Resilience in Teachers, Zundra Gates

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Measuring Quality Standards, Assessment Practices, and Outcomes/Effectiveness of Competency-Based Education (Cbe) Using Mixed Methods Research to Determine Cbe’s Vitality, Elizabeth Giddens

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Psychopathic Traits, Substance Use, and Motivation to Change: The Effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing with At-Risk Adolescents, Christopher Thomas Alan Gillen

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Teachers' Confidence and Preparedness for Teaching Mobile Learners, Kelley Kirk Gonzales

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Thirteen Unlikely Stories, Joseph Gray

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Becoming Malala: A Discourse Analysis of Western and Middle Eastern Print and Broadcast Coverage of Malala Yousafzai from 2012-2017, Tamar Meguerditchian Gregorian

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Spelunking in Plato's Cave, Andrew Gretes

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Technical and Performance Analysis of Scott McAllister's Devil Sticks, Uncle Sam's Songbag Vol. I, Freebirds, and Funk, James Gruetzner

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Mechanism for Leadership Development and Effectiveness: The Relationship between Followership, Leadership, and Psychological Capital, Saurabh Gupta

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A Study of Acculturative and Linguistic Experiences of Syrian Refugees in the United States from 2011 – 2018, Amany Habib

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What Makes Employees Stay? Examining Social Exchange Relationships, Organizational Commitment, and Intent to Leave Among Casino Employees, Laura HALEY

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Assessing At-Risk Students' Attitudes Toward The Implementation of Instructional Technology, Christopher Harper

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Geotraces and Beyond: Studies of Trace Elements in Coastal and Open Ocean Waters with an Emphasis on the Effects of Oxygen Depletion and Hydrothermal Plumes, Peng Ho

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Cultural Branding: An Examination of Website Marketing Practices at Historically Black College and Universities and non-HBCU Black Serving Institutions, James Hudson

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Human Trafficking: Flying Under the Radar, Amber L. Hulsey

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Technique for the Developing Dramatic Soprano, Amber James

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Explicit, Implicit, and Behavioral Stigmatization of Mental Illness, Jessica S. James

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Synthetic and Theoretical Studies for Cyclization Reactions to Form C-C and C-N Bonds, Nicholas Jentsch

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Succession Planning for First-Year, P-12 Principals, Brannon Johnson

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A Profile of Selected Conservatorships in Failing Mississippi School Districts, Josh Jones

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Self-Care Vs. Self-Sacrifice in Medical-Surgical Nursing Culture: A Critical Ethnography, Elise Jordan Juergens

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A Content Analysis of Flow and Music: Teaching, Performance, and Consumption, Lindsey Keay

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Do Zebrafish Exhibit a Placebo Response? Fluoxetine Conditioning in Chronically Stressed Adult Zebrafish (Danio Rerio), Kanza M. Khan

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Disability-Related Factors and Perceived Stigma: A Closer Examination of Suicidality in Individuals with Physical Disabilities, Lauren Khazem

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Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane-phosphate Glass Matrix Nanocomposites with Additional Chapter on Phosphate Glass-Poly(ethylene terephthalate) Matrix Composites, Kyoungtae Kim

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Indirect & Displaced Aggression: The Role of Comparison Based Traits and Cognitive Vulnerabilities, Niki M. Knight

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Finding Euridice: A Singers Introduction to Jonathan Dove's L'altra Euridice, Cody Laun

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Mechanisms Driving Suicidal Ideation to Action: The Impact of Rumination and Cardiovascular Reactivity on Momentary Fluctuations in Pain Tolerance and Persistence., Keyne Law

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The Challenges and Limitations of Adapting Mozart's Così fan tutte for a Small University Setting, Christopher Lovely

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Consciously Becoming Black: A Phenomenological Exploration of Black Sub-Saharan African International Students' Racial Identity Development at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the American South, Tanyaradzwa Chipo Mandishona

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Structure-Property Relationships of Solvent-Cast Organic Thin Films For Model Corrosion Control Coatings, Austin Maples

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The Effects of Geospatial-Intelligence on United States-Mexico Border Security, heather martin

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The Postmodern Indian: Representation and the Films of Sherman Alexie, Tara P. McCrink Burcham

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Male Nurse Practitioners' Views on Nursing Education as a Career Option: An Inductive Qualitative Content Analysis, James McDavid

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An Investigation of the Impact of Family Dynamics on Obesity among African American Adolescent Girls, Tina McDyess

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Nurse Expectations as Compared to Perceived Reality, Kathryn McKelvy

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Polymer Nanocomposites Containing High Aspect Ratio Particulates: Innovation in Co-Extruded Multilayer Barrier Films, Kevin Meyers

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Investigating the Construct of Health Literacy Assessment: A Cross-Validation Approach, Bethany Miller

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Tangible Teaching: The Effect of Physical Modeling on Community College Students’ Understanding of Conservation of Matter, Erick T. Moffett

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Divergent RNAi Biology in Mites and Development of Pest Control Strategies, Md Mosharrof Hossain Mondal

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Employee Perceptions of Marriage Enrichment Training Spillover Effects in the Workplace, Tonya Moore

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Participation in Winter Guard International as Experienced by Ten Stakeholders: A Phenomenological Study, Jeremy Morgan

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The Effect of an Historical Geology Course on Students’ Attitudes Towards Science and Their Knowledge of Deep Time as a Threshold to Their Knowledge of Evolution, Allan Nolan

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Adaptive Meshfree Methods for Partial Differential Equations, Jaeyoun Oh

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A Study on the Compositional Style of the Flute Chamber Works of Mel Bonis, Geraldine Margaret Padilla

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A New Generation of Functional Polyisobutylenes for Advanced Applications, Corey M. Parada

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Advancement of Interpolyelectrolyte Complexes for the Delivery of Genetic Material, Keith Hampton Parsons

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Stress Response Mechanisms of Listeria monocytogenes, Oindrila Paul

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Are Higher Education Faculty Ready for a Faculty/Student Classroom Partnership? A Pilot Study of a Teaching Innovation., adriana perez

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Characterization of Swine Production Using Measurements Collected via Indoor Positioning System, Shaun Perisho

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Exploring Organizational and Professional Commitment, Servant Leadership, Occupational Stress, and Humor Perspectives: How Nurses Manage, Brian Steven Perna

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Preparation Matters: A Quantitative Examination of Faculty Active Shooter Preparedness, Latisha Pitts