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Dissertations from 2012

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Error Estimation Techniques to Refine Overlapping Aerial Image Mosaic Processes via Detected Parameters, William Glenn Bond

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Quantifying Vulnerability After the Storm: Hurricane Katrina Case Study, Jennifer Lori Bonin

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Werner Jaegerhuber's “Messe Folklorique Haitïenne”: A Conductor's Guide, Lauren Michelle Brandon Lindsey

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An Examination of Factors Affecting Information Sharing among Law Enforcement Agencies, Scott Driskill Bransford

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Analysis of the Impact of Implementing Interdisciplinary Pods on Student Achievement in Georgia Middle Schools, Andrew Lynn Bristow

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What’s in a Test? Constructions of Literacy and Its Implications for English Proficiency Test Design, Josye Marie Brookter

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Faculty Teaching Behaviors at Three State-Funded Universities, Christa Michelle Bryant

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The Influence of Classroom Instruction and Test Preparation on School Accountability Levels, Karen Adair Carter Bryant

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Administrators’ Perceptions of Alternative School Characteristics and Their Relationship with Recidivism, Lori Elaine Burkett

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The Effects of Choice Versus No-Choice of Task Sequence on Task Engagement, Britney Nicole Burton

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Determining the Individual, Organizational, and Community Level Outcomes of a Community Leadership Development Program as Perceived by the Program Alumni, Susan Johnston Bush

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Vertical Violence and the Student Nurse: Is This Toxic for Professional Identity Development?, Sherri Williams Cantey

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An Introductory Guide to Vibraphone: Four Idiomatic Practices and a Survey of Pedagogical Material and Solo Literature, Brian Scott Cheesman

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Freshman Academy: Transitioning Ninth Grade Students Through the Academic and Social Rigors of the High School Experience and the Students’, Parents’ and Teachers’ Perceptions, Yulanda West Clinton

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The Invisible Woman and the Silent University, Elizabeth Robinson Cole

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Surface, Bulk, and Rheological Properties of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane/High Density Polyethylene Nanocomposites, Robert Douglas Cook Jr.

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First Choice for a Second Chance: Factors Supporting Temporary Dropouts Who Re-Enroll in High School, Ralph Costen

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The Development, Validation, and Application of the Motivation Scale of Disability Sport Consumption (MSDSC), Michael Paul Cottingham II

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Real Women? Gender and Race in Prime Time Police Shows, Rondrek Juwayne Cowans

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The Relationship Between Perceptions of School Climate and Student Achievement in Schools That Use Jostens' Renaissance Programs, Amy Yarborough Coyne

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The Impact of Extracurricular Activities on Student Achievement at the High School Level, Steven Wesley Craft

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Preschool Curriculum: Choices that Promote Learning, Renee Curet Criddle

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Coastal Hurricane Damage Assessment via Wavelet Transform of Remotely Sensed Imagery, Ricky Carl Crowsey

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An Examination of the Perception of Special Education Teachers in the Mississippi Delta Toward Their Transition Competencies, Vickie Elaine Curry

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Regional Differences in Relational Aggression: The Role of Culture, Katherine Amanda Czar

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Educational Technology Integration and High-Stakes Testing, Tracy Demetrie Daniel

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Extended Techniques and Electronic Enhancements: A Study of Works by Ian Clarke, Christopher Leigh Davis

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Examining the Relationship Between Social Capital and Career Success Among Welfare to Work Participants in Louisiana, Dionne Marie Davis-Green

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Impression Rating via Speed-Dating: How A Single Communication Event Can Alter Perceptions of Another Individual, Andrew Clayton Dix

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The Effects of Direct Training and the STAR Problem Solving Model on Teachers' Treatment Integrity and Generalized Use of an Intervention, Neelima Gutti Duncan

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Religious Leaders in Crisis: An Analysis of Image Restoration Strategies and Content Variables, Melody Teracita Fisher

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A Comparison of Principals’ and Parents’ Perceptions of Family Engagement in Schools, Karen Ash Frost

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Does Psychopathy Predict Future Risky Sexual Behavior?, Jessica Jade Fulton

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Influence of Teacher Qualifications, Experience, Instructional Methods, and Professional Development on Student Achievement on the Mississippi Writing Assessment in Grades Four and Seven, Stacy Kihneman Garcia

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An Analysis of the Success of a High School Athletic Program on Student Achievement, Peter Randall Giles

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K-1 Teachers’ Visual Arts Beliefs and Their Role in the Early Childhood Classroom, Blythe Annette Goodman-Schanz

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A Bisphenol-A-based Resin System that Cures via Triazole Ring Formation for Marine Composite Applications, Irene Elizabeth Gorman

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Employee Volunteer and Employer Benefits From Business-Education Partnerships as Perceived by Employee Volunteers, Evelyn Kwan Green

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Manufacturing Mississippi's Workforce: An Assessment of Employability Skills as Perceived by Faculty and Senior Students of Four Year Manufacturing Related Degree Programs, Mamie Yvette Griffin

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Can Psychopathic Traits Contribute to Success in Adolescence? Relations Between Boldness, Meanness, Disinhibition, and Adaptive Functioning, Matthew David Guelker

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Is There a Correlation Between Teacher Efficacy and Effectiveness to Re-Engage At-Risk Students and Graduate On Time?, John Daniel Guillory

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Genetic Associations with Borderline Personality Disorder and Related Traits and Behaviors, Casey Roy Guillot

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Interpretations of Student Engagement in the Context of the Orff Schulwerk Music Classroom at the DuBard School for Language Disorders, Anna Rebecca Bondurant Halliday

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Understanding Corrosion Protection and Failure Through Model Polymers in Thin Films, Joshua Smith Hanna

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Evaluation of Performance-Based and Pre-set Conventional Criterion for Reinforcement in Check In-Check Out, Lauren Lestremau Harpole

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The Spirit of Triumph, James Anderson DePreist: The Life, Career and Music of an American Conductor, Darryl Eric Harris Sr.

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Ideological “Smackdown”: A Textual Analysis of Class, Race and Gender in WWE Televised Professional Wrestling, Casey Brandon Hart

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Reification: A Process to Configure Java Realtime Processors, John Huddleston Heath

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Polymer Surface Engineering Via Thiol-Mediated Reactions, Ryan Matthew Hensarling

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The Relationship Between Student Achievement of At-Risk Students and the Georgia Performance Standards in Mathematics, Loralee Ann Hill

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Literacy: Parent Training in the Elementary Educational System, Mattie Darlene Mathis Hill

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Personality Assessment in African Elephants (Loxodonta africana), Kristina Marie Horback

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Assessment of a University Faculty Development Program on Speaking and Writing Pedagogy Through Direct Measurement of Student Learning Outcomes, Julie Gissendanner Howdeshell

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Using the Good Behavior Game to Decrease Disruptive Behavior While Increasing Academic Engagement with a Headstart Population, Brandy Marie Hunt

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The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Effectiveness Among Sponsored Research Administrators, Ventez Derrell Jones

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Effects of Hypoxia and 4-tert-octylphenol on Gene Expression Profiles of the Sheepshead Minnow (Cyprinodon variegatus), Arthur Alan Karels

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Practitioners or Researchers: Ed.D. or Ph.D.? An Analysis of Educational Leadership Doctoral Programs, Michael Dwyane Kennedy Jr.

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Development of a Scale to Measure Local Residents' Perceived Social Impacts of Hosting Large-Scale Sport Events, Wonyoung Kim

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Assessing a Culture of Innovation Leadership on the Human Capital in Healthcare, Cheryl Zipay Kirby

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Roadblocks to Integrating Technology Into Classroom Instruction, Courteney Lester Knight

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An Analysis of the Impact of Continuous Progress Curriculum on Student Achievement, Jessica LaRae Ladner Taylor

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Interactive Whiteboard Use: The Catalyst of Student Achievement, Tenneille Terrell Lamberth

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"When the Eternal Can Be Met": Bergsonian Time in the Theologies of C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot, and W.H. Auden, James Corey Latta

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Anxiety in Children/Youth with Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction and Their Parents: Impact of Medical, Educational, and Psychosocial Factors, Leslie Cristen LaVergne

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Identifying Patterns of Delinquent Trajectories and Testing Stability of Self-Control Over Time among South Korean Youth using Multivariate Latent Growth Curve Modeling, Wanhee Lee

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The Impact of a Direct Care Training Program on the Self-Efficacy of Newly Hired Direct Care Employees at State Mental Health Facilities, Marcus Wayne Lewis

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Teacher Perception of Their Initial Traditional or Alternitive Teacher Training Program, Daphne Yolanda Lowe

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A Performer’s Guide to Six Song Cycles Composed Between 1959 and 2010 by Mississippi Composers, Sarah Hogrefe Mabary

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Modern Approaches for Multifunctional Hydrolyzying Thiol-ene Networks, Nicole Marie Mackey

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Leadership Styles and School Performance: Is There a Gender Difference in Expectations for Teachers, Iris Denise Magee

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The Relationship Between Suicide Ideation and Parasuicide: An Electrophysiological Investigation Using the Loudness Dependence of Auditory Evoked Potential, Angelika Marsic

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Increasing Positive Interactions Between Staff and Individuals with Disabilities: The Impact of Training on Acquisition and Maintenance, Kimberly Anne Martell

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WJ Julian: His Life and Career with Emphasis on His Tenure as Director of Bands at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1961 to 1993, John Tilford Martin

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The Relationship Between Schools Utilizing Positive Behavior Interventions and Support Programs and Student Achievement, Lori Herrington Massey

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Closing the Achievement Gap: A Study of Leadership Behaviors of Principals at Title I Distinguished Schools, Liss Althea Maynard

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Determinants of Tax Effort: A Cross Country Analysis, Mark Alan McCoon

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High-Stakes Testing and Its Relationship to Stress Levels of Coastal Secondary Teachers, Sheneatha Lashelle Alexander McDaniel

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Criminal Justice Students' Perceptions of Restorative Justice: A Study of Demographic Variables and Restorative Justice Values, Lana Adelaide McDowell

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What Professional and Personal Strategies Do Successful Principals Possess to Cultivate a School Culture that Promotes Academic Success in a Blue Ribbon School, Carlos LaTeetha McKinney

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The Use of Humor for Emotion Management on the Job: An Exploration of 911 Communication Centers, Jennifer Dell McLaughlin

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Teacher Attitudes Toward the Use of Accommodations in the Classroom and on Standardized Tests, Michele Penny Meadows

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Mortality Salience and Worldview Defense, Toni Brooke Merkey

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Leading Through Crisis: Competencies for Effective Sport Security Professionals, Steven Gerald Miller

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An Examination of Perceived Stress Levels and Coping Styles Among Rural Law Enforcement Officers, Marcos Luis Misis

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Nobody's Boy, Linda Maria Mobley

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America Reads-Mississippi Future Teacher Corps: A Study of Program Completers' Perception of Factors Influencing the Decision to Become and Remain Classroom Teachers, Deborah Green Moore

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A Study of SATP Scores and Principals’ Perceptions for Traditional and Alternate Routes to Teacher Certification, Eddie Eugene Moore

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The Effects of Increased Accountability Standards on Graduation Rates for Students With Disabilities, Mitzie Lee Moore

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Seeing the Chemistry Around Me – Helping Students Identify the Relevance of Chemistry to Everyday Life, Tracy Lynn Moore

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Tripping With Stephen Gaskin: An Exploration of a Hippy Adult Educator, Gabriel Patrick Morley

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Teacher Certification and Student Achievement, Patricia Lewis Moss

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Family Experiences and Children With Autism Who Use Speech Generating Devices, Rebecca Elizabeth Mullican

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The Impact of Celebrity Endorser Type and Source Credibility on the Advertising Attitudes and Purchase Intentions of Indian Rural Consumers, Sidharth Muralidharan

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Factors Related to Student Performance in Statistics Courses in Lebanon, Hiba Salim Naccache

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The Relationship Between Middle School Teachers’ Perceptions of Principals’ Transformational Leadership Practices, Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy and Student Achievement, Antwane LaJacques Nelson

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The Relationship Between Academic Optimism and Academic Achievement in Middle Schools in Mississippi, LaQuanta Murray Nelson

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The Impact of Teacher Demographics on the Overrepresentation of African American Males in Special Education in a Coastal School District, Myrick Lamon Nicks

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Empirical Identification of Axis I and Axis II Symptom Subtypes of Sex Addiction Using Lateny Profile Analysis, Maria Isabel Nino de Guzman

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Genetic Variation in Potentially Virulent Vibrio parahaemolyticus From the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Nicholas Felix Noriea III

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Application of a Hybrid 3D-VAR Data Assimilation System in the Monterey Bay to Study Regional Dynamics of the California Current System, Chudong Pan