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Dissertations from 2012

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Community College Students' Perceptions of Effective Communication in Online Learning, Donna Alice Hill Parker

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Classroom Management Styles: The Differences Among Traditionally-Licensed Teachers Who Were Formally Paraprofessionals and Alternatively-Licensed Teachers, Caterria Beasley Payton

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The Perceptions of Principals and Teachers Regarding Mental Health Providers’ Impact on Student Achievement in High Poverty Schools, Teresa Perry

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The Impact of the No Child Left Behind Act and School Choice on Student Achievement, Wendy Ruddell Pettett

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Slavery and Empire: The Development of Slavery in the Natchez District, 1720-1820, Christian Pinnen

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The Effects of School-Home Notes on Teacher Reports of Academic Productivity and Disruptive Classroom Behaviors of Middle School Students, Nichol Frances Pritchard

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A Conductor’s Guide to the Poetic and Musical Style of the Cante Jondo Based on the Work of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Romancero Gitano, Op.152, for Choir and Guitar with Selected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Poema del Cante Jondo, Elsa Patricia Ramierz-Hacker

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Planned Parenthood Takes On Live Action: An Analysis of Media Interplay and Image Restoration Strategies in Strategic Conflict Management, Leslie Lynn Rasmussen

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Management of Biological and Chemical Constituents for the Advancement of Intensive, Minimal-Exchange, Biofloc-based Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) Aquaculture, Andrew James Ray

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Interviewing Practices of Principals and the Role that Biases May Have on the Hiring Process, Lisa Ann Redmon

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The Effects of Teacher Praise on Engagement and Work Completion of Students of Typical Development, Brandon Joseph Richard

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Retaining Urban Middle School Teachers: An Investigation of Influencing Factors, JacQueline Elaine Richardson

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A Pedagogical Guide and Argument for Using the Harmonic Series in Teaching Beginning and Intermediate Level Horn Students, Patrick James Richards

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Unnecessary Evil: An Examination of Abu Ghraib Torture Photographs as Postcolonial Resistance Rhetoric, Patrick Gerhardt Richey

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Teacher and Administrator Perceptions of In-School Suspension Programs on Changing Student Behavior and Academic Success in Schools, John Scott Rimes

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A Study of the Effect of Appreciative Inquiry on Student-Course Engagement and Attendance in the Community College, Frances Virginia Turner Robbins

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Employee Racial Discrimination Complaints: Exploring Power Through Co-Cultural Theory, Leslie Yvette Rodriguez

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An Examination of Mississippi Public School Teachers' Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Their Professional Development Experiences in Raising Student Achievement, Daniel Martin Rushing

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Molecular Network Development of a Thermosetting Epoxy-Amine Polymer, Christopher Michael Sahagun

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Jimmy Carter’s Post-Presidential Rhetoric: Faith-Based Rhetoric and Human Rights Foreign Policy, Daniel Eric Schabot

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Parenting Stress, Behavior, Treatment Satisfaction, and Hope in Caregivers of Children with Developmental Disabilities, Paige Cristin Schultz

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Positive Peer Reporting and Positive Peer Reporting Combined With Tootling: A Comparison of Interventions, Julie Christine Sherman

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Quarry Light and Other Stories, Claudia Lois Smith

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Financial Communication in Romantic Relationships, Joy Nichole Smithson

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What Makes Finzi Finzi? The Convergence of Style and Struggle in the Life of Gerald Finzi and in His Set Before and After Summer, op. 16, Trevor Dangerfield Smith

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Administrators and Teachers' Perceptions of Key Components of the School Improvement Grant, Willis Anthony Smith

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Further Validation of the Child Routines Questionnaire: Child Self Report, Christina Binder Stabler

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The Cultural Complex of Innocence: An Examination of Media and Social Construction of Missing White Woman Syndrome, Sarah Land Stein

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"If It Ain't Broke, Break It": How Corporate Journalism Killed the "Arkansas Gazette", Donna Lampkin Stephens

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A Study of the Leadership Code and Employee Engagement, Richard James Stewart

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Is There a Relationship Between Ninth Grade Transitional Programs and At-Risk Student Achievement?, Susan Marie Stoddard

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ADHD in Young Boys: A Correlational Study Among Early Childhood Educators in Louisiana, Jessica Hart Stubbs

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Do Teachers Modify Classroom Instruction and Management Plans Based on Student Gender, Mitchell Raymond Stubbs

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Professional Learning Communities, Self Efficacy, and Collaborative Learning in the Elementary School, Diana Provancha Sweigart

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A Comparison of Institutional Climates in Higher Education in the United States and South Africa, Juanyce Deanna Taylor

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Teacher Perceptions Regarding Positive Behavior Intervention Support, LaWanda Joy Singleton Thornton

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Microstructure, Vacancies and Voids in Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon, Rajendra Timilsina

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Evaluating the Interpersonal Nature of Humor: Mapping Humor Styles Onto the Interpersonal Circumplex, Jessica Erin Vaughan

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A Holy Curiosity: Transformative Self-Directed Learning to Breakthrough New Knowledge in the Case of Einstein, Deanna Lynn Vogt

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Do At-Risk Students Benefit When Novanet is Used for Credit Recovery?, Rebecca Lynn Volkerding

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Chasing Until the Wheels Fall Off: Developing a Typology of High-Risk Police Pursuits in Georgia, Lee Miller Wade

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The Effectiveness of a District-Wide Training Initiative on Determining Preparedness of Educational Leaders in a Large, Southeastern Louisiana School System, Jeanne Bordelon Wagner

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Marine Fungi of U.S. Gulf of Mexico Barrier Island Beaches: Biodiversity and Sampling Strategy, Allison Kathleen Walker

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The Effect of the Parent Liaison on Latino Student High School Completion and Parent Involvement, Jeanne Thompson Walker

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African American Male Elementary Teachers' Perceptions on Factors that Influence Their Retention and Attrition: A Qualitative Study, Lemanski Chante' Walker

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Narcissism and Interpersonal Relationships: Examining the Use of Prosocial and Coercive Behavior Strategies Among Adolescents in a Residential Setting, Marion Tam'eca Wallace

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Implications of the No Child Left Behind Legislation on Career and Technical Education, Thomas Kyle Wallace

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The Wanderers and Other Stories, Courteney Danielle Watson

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Departmentalization and Twenty-First Century Skills, Toy Coles Watts

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Effects of Check-In/Check-Out With and Without Access to Feedback from a Daily Behavior Report Card on the Levels of Appropriate Behavior in Secondary School Students, Nichole Marie Weakley

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Perceptions of Mentoring, Dropout Rates, School Attendance, and Academic Achievement in Core Subject Areas Among Students in the Various Branches of JROTC, Michael Joseph Weaver

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Joseph Kreines: A Biographical Sketch, an Analysis of American Song Set for Band and a Descriptive Catalogue of His Original Compositions and Transcriptions for Wind Band, Paul Eugene Weikle Jr.

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"Robert Frost Blues”, Gregory Arthur Weiss

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Adult Community Bands and Personality Type as Defined By the Myers-Briggs: A Study of the Personality Types and Music Participation Preferences of Adult Musicians, Daniel Charles Welborn

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Relationships and Learning in Early Childhood Education: A Structural Equation Model, Alicia Gordy Westbrook

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A Model of an Effective Approach to Studio Voice at the Undergraduate Level: The Vocal Method of Dr. Raquel Cortina, Kathleen Gorman Westfall

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Women's Pathways to the University Presidency: A Qualitative Inquiry into University Women Leaders' Career Paths and Presidential Aspirations, Celeste Andria Wheat

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The Effect of Teachers’ Expectations and Perceptions on Student Achievement in Reading for Third and Fifth Grade Students, Alfreda Ragland Williams

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The Relationship Between Academic Achievement and School-Based Mental Health Services for Middle School Students, Lisa Ogle Williams

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Social Networking Systems as a Vehicle to Promote Sense of Community and Performance in Online Classes, Jonathan Mark Woodward

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The Link Between Co-Teaching and Mathematics Achievement for Students with Disabilities, Lisa Sharble Word

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The Life and Music of Brian Israel with an Emphasis on His Music for Saxophone, David James Wozniak

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A Time Series Analysis Method Using Hidden Variables for Gene Network Reconstruction, Xi Wu

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Clam (Corbicula fluminea) as a Potential Sentinel of Human Norovirus Contamination in Freshwater, Xunyan Ye

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Home-School Collaboration: Concurrent Home and School Reading Interventions Within a Response to Intervention System, Qi Zhou

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Fluorescence and Size Characterization of Dissolved Organic Matter in Riverine and Sea Waters in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Zhengzhen Zhou

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New Dual Initiators for Polyisobutylene-Based Block and Star Polymers, Yaling Zhu

Dissertations from 2011

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Synthesis and Characterization of Acceptor: Donor Block Copolymers for Organic Photovoltaics, Brandon Cory Achord

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Recovering from Hurricane Katrina: Small Business Owners Conquer Katrina: A Mixed Methodology Study, Penny Madonna Adams

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Physical and Electrical Properties of Trimetallic Nitride Template Endohedral Metallofullerenes and their Polymer Nanocomposites, Hanaa Mohammed Ahmed

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Leading Schools to Increased Reading Achievement: An Investigation Into Effective Reading Instruction, Patricia Anne Alford

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Continuity of Operations Planning Preparedness of NCAA Division I Athletic Departments, Brandon Lane Allen

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Understanding the Relationship Between Students' Reading Achievement and Teachers' Self-Regulation Patterns in Grades K-3, Pamela Renee Allen

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Utility of the Inventory of Callous-Unemotional Traits in Adolescent Offenders and Non-Offenders: An Item Response Theory Analysis, Lisa Laurence Ansel

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The Family Environment and Children With an Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Longitudinal Examination of the Relation Between Parental Expressed Emotion and Child Externalizing Behaviors, Stephanie Bader

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Ruthenium-Based Olefin Metathesis Catalysts Bearing pH-Responsive Ligands: External Control of Catalyst Solubility and Activity, Shawna Lynn Balof

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Robert John Bartholomew

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The Relationship Between Situational Leadership and Student Achievement, Hope Owens Beaver

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The Role of Attachment and Language in Analogical Reasoning, Tamra Elizabeth Beckman

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Closing the Gap Between Teacher Perception and Response to Intervention (RTI) Student Achievement, Melissa A. Hyatt Bouchér

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Is There a Relationship Between Positive Behavior Supports and Student Achievement?, Todd Edward Boucher

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That He May Raise, Armond Joseph Boudreaux

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Preparedness Levels of Middle School Teachers, Assistant Principals, and Principals to Respond to Acts of Violence in a Mississippi School District, Judy Ann Boyd

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Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Teachers' Perceptions of Kindergarten Readiness, Joshua Aaron Bressler

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A Historical Perspective of Testing and Assessment Including the Impact of Summative and Formative Assessment on Student Achievement, Carole Sanger Brink

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Relationship Among Teachers' Personality, Leadership Style, and Efficacy of Classroom Management, Michael Clyde Burkett

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Barriers and Enablers of Interdisciplinary Research at Academic Institutions, Leslie Suzanne Thornton Butler

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Race and Justice in Mississippi's Central Piney Woods, 1940-2010, Patricia Michelle Buzard-Boyett

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Outsiders Within: A Framing Analysis of Eight Black and White U.S. Newspapers' Coverage of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1964, Yolanda Denise Campbell

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A Critical Analysis of Job-Embedded Professional Learning Within a Distributed Leadership Framework, Ashley Jimerson Campoli

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The Effects of Sodium Bicarbonate Supplementation on Lower-Body Hypertrophy-Type Resistance Exercise, Benjamin McLean Carr

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Examining Dietary Acculturation in Hispanic Males Residing in South Mississippi, Diana Katherine Cuy Castellanos

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School Leaders' Effect on Technology, Irene Amos Causey

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The Oddity as Commodity: Television and the Modern Day Freak Show, Robin Marie Cecala

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A Critical Analysis of the Effectiveness of Administrative Rules for Gang-Related Activities in Middle and High Schools, David Thomas Chiprany

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The Life and Selected Piano Works of David Burge, Mary Chung

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Design of Covalently Dynamic Films and Coatings: Analysis of Biocatalyzed Kinetic Behavior in Soft Condensed Matter, Pirro Cipi

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The Effects of Facial Expression on Out-Group Discrimination, Charles Brendan Clark

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Bowen Family Systems Theory and its Relationship to Teachers: Does Differentiation of Self Predict Teacher Job Satisfaction?, Noal Baxter Cochran

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Movement Ecology of an Intercontinental Migratory Bird During Spring Stopover, Emily Beth Cohen