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Dissertations from 2012

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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

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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