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Dissertations from 2019

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Developing a Theoretical Framework for Visualization-Based Pedagogical Content Knowledge (V-PCK) Based on Middle School Teachers’ Views and Uses of Visualizations as an Instructional Tool, Jacqueline Samuel

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I'm A Live, Matthew Schmidt

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Effect of Mindfulness on Gratitude and Psychological Wellbeing, David Schultz

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The Relationship Between Organizational Commitment, Discretionary Effort, and Turnover Intent, John Sherk

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Social and Literacy Development of School-Based Pre-Kindergarten Students, Stewart Smirthwaite

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John Cage’s ‘Rock’ Music: Ecocritical and Performance Considerations in Ryoanji for Solo Oboe and Percussion Obbligato (1983), Everette Smith

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The Rebel Made Me Do It: Mascots, Race, and the Lost Cause, Patrick Smith

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"What We Wrought:" How Multi-Perspectival Narratives Limit Indigenous Voices in Contemporary American War Fiction, Jonathan Snyder

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The Cultural Adaptation Experiences of Chinese Higher Education Students in the American Deep South: A Comparison Across Disciplines, Xiaonan Song

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Promoting Workplace Health Using Wearable Technology: A Mixed Methods Study in a Nonprofit Organization, Mitchell Tarver

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Influence of Career Services on Time to Undergraduate Degree Completion, Courtney Taylor

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Administrative Involvement with Student Discipline and Teacher Morale in Mississippi Schools, Melanie Taylor

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Relationship Between Self-Development, Mentorship, and Senior Military Officer Moral Judgment, Garry Thompson

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The Economic Impacts of Casino Gaming in Mississippi: Local, Regional, National and International Considerations, Janelle Townes

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The Diffusion of Telehealth: System-Level Conditions for Successful Adoption, Danika Tynes

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Europe Rising (Again): A Comparative Study of the Dynamics and Types of Modern European Nationalisms, 1989-2018, Timea Varga

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Chemical and Physical Modification of Thiol-Ene and Epoxy-Amine Networks for Advanced Control of Gas Transport and Flame Retardant Behavior, Vivek Vasagar

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Becoming Bronzeville: The Origin of the Black Metropolis in a Southern City, Eve Wade

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Modifying Inhibited Primer Performance via Control of Epoxy-Amine Matrix Structure and Composition, Steven Wand

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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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Enablers and Barriers Influencing African American Administrators’ Career Advancement at Predominantly White Institutions of Higher Learning, Larry Webster

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Music Integration and Self-Efficacy Among Middle School Teachers, Cassandra L. Weiss

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Development of the CASVE Cycle Questionnaire: Confirmatory Factor Analysis and Navigator Score, Brianna Werner

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Mississippi Registered Nurse Perceptions when Communicating with Limited-English-Speaking and Non-English-Speaking Patients, Mary Pipper Widdig

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Female Student Perceptions of Factors that Influence Persistence in Male-Dominated Community College Career and Technical Education Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Programs, Valeria Williams

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Zona, Zachary Williams

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

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“Goth Barbies”: A Postmodern Multiperspective Analysis of Mattel’s Monster High Media, Danianese Woods

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

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Historically Black College and Universities Compared to Historically White Institutions: Factors Influencing Graduation Rates, Carlos Young

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Attitudes of New Graduate RNs Regarding Their Readiness for Practice Before and After Hospital Orientation, Diane Young

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Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Vocal Responses to Sonar and Spectrally Pink Background Noise, Maria Zapetis

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Simulation as Replacement for Traditional Clinical in Pre-Licensure Nursing Education: Outcomes of Different Ratios of Replacement Time for Traditional Clinical with Simulation, Tiffany Zyniewicz

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