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Dissertations from 2017

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Identity Crisis: Understanding How American Males’ Self-Perception and Experiences Impact Their Educational Attainment, Jo Yarketta Hawkins-Jones

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Teachers Appraisal of Their Relationship with Instructional Coaches and Interpretation of the Instructional Coaches Role, Sandra Lawson Higgins

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A Qualitative Study of the Curricula For the Doctor of Education (EdD) Degree In Higher Education Programs, Rebecca C. Holland

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Beacon Light and Other Stories, Joseph Arnold Holt

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Is Human Capital Development the Missing Element of the Aerotropolis Model?, John Roosevelt Hubbard

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Educating Students with Visual Impairments in the General Education Setting, Kerri Janae Johnson-Jones

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Local Workforce Development Boards: Alignment with Operational Indicators and Behavioral Characteristics, Sharon Humphreys Johnson

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The Influence of Administrators on Literacy Instruction Through the Promotion and Selection of Professional Development, Lucy K. Johnston-Josey

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Cellulose Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites By In-Situ Ring-Opening Polymerization, Shahab Kashani Rahimi

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Effect of Chain Rigidity on Network Architecture and Deformation Behavior of Glassy Polymer Networks, Kyler Reser Knowles

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Solvent Effects of Model Polymeric Corrosion Control Coatings on Water Transport and Corrosion Rate, Christina Konecki

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Synthesis and Catalytic Evaluation of Novel C-alpha-methyl-beta-proline Analogues, and Concise Synthetic Approach to NH-Fmoc-S-Trityl-C-alpha-Methyl Cysteine, Hari Kiran Kotapati

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Maintenance and Generalization of Preschool Teachers' Use of Behavior Specific Praise Following In Situ Training, Zachary Charles LaBrot

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Classroom Organizational Structure in Fifth Grade Math Classrooms and the Effect on Standardized Test Scores, Dallas Marie Lane

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Efficacy of Cognitive Enrichment for Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus): Evaluation of Planning Abilities Through the Use of a Novel Problem Solving Task, Lisa Kay Lauderdale

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The Idiosyncratic Language of Brazilian Music: Strategies for Performing Villa-Lobos Choros No. 10, Dennis Paz Leoni

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Introduction to Chemistry, Sara Ann Lewis

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Evaluating Relevance and Reliability of Twitter Data for Risk Communication, Xiaohui Liu

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The Effect of Instructional Strategies On Math Anxiety and Achievement: A Mixed Methods Study Of Preservice Elementary Teachers, Janelle K. Lorenzen

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A Motivational Profile of Nurses Who Pursue Doctoral Education, Tomekia Yvette Luckett

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Tootling With a Randomized Independent Group Contingency in a High School Setting, John Dylan Ken Lum

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The Relationship Between Social Status Motivation and the Detection of Trustworthy and Affiliative Cues in Faces, Christopher J. Lustgraaf

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The Influences of the French Flute School on Brazilian Flute Pedagogy, Fabiana Magrinelli Rocha Dahmer

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William Walker and the Seeds of Progressive Imperialism: The War in Nicaragua and the Message of Regeneration, 1855-1860, John J. Mangipano

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Perceived Influence of the Ferguson Effect On Law Enforcement Officer Turnover Intentions, William P. Markopoulos Jr

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Alabama Classroom Teachers Who Participated in Arts Integration Workshops and Their Implementation of Music into the Core Curriculum, Laurie Martin

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An Examination of the Factors That Influence the Transfer of Learning Among K-12 Educators Participating In Professional Learning Communities, Charcelor C. McCullum

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The Design of an Instrument to Assess Clinical Laboratories Efficacy Post Implementation of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, Harry McDonald Jr.

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Property Morphology Correlations of Organic Semiconductor Nanowires, Frederick Marshall McFarland

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A Mixed Methods Exploration of Black Presidents Appointed to Predominantly White Institutions: Assessing their Exposure to the Glass Cliff and Experiences as Administrators of Color, Melandie Katrice McGee

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A Comparative Study Teaching Chemistry Using the 5E Learning Cycle and Traditional Teaching with a Large English Language Learner Population in a Middle School Setting, Cynthia Nicole McWright

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Ethical Decision-Making Accounting Competencies: Practitioners’ Perspectives, Gwendolyn P. Meador

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Cultural Values, Narratives and Myth in Reality Television, Alison Rebecca Foster Miller

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Un-Othering the Albino: How Popular Communication Constructs Albinism Identity, Niya P. Miller

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Mississippi’s Teacher Observation Rubric: Administrator Perceptions of Appropriateness by Grade Level, Danette Irvine Moore

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Air-Processed Polymer Photovoltaics: Advanced Morphological Characterization and Synthesis of New Materials for Increased Light Absorption, Levi Moore

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Cetacean Exhalation: An Examination of Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Use of Three Bubble Production Types through Associated Behaviors, Kelsey Moreno

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Knowledge and Practices of Faculty at NASM Accredited Institutions in the Southeast Region Regarding Standards-Based Instruction, Jonathan Leon Nelson

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The Effects of Training Multiple Mands Within Functional Communication Training on The Resurgence Of Problem Behaviors, Emily Jane Ness

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A Novel Role for Osteopontin in Facilitating West Nile Virus Neuroinvasion, Amber M. Paul

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The Moderating Role of Sex on Gender Role Orientation’s Meditation of Work-Family/Family-Work Conflict and Satisfaction Outcomes, Deirdre Lynn Paulson-O'Donovan

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Historical Change of Seagrasses in the Mississippi and Chandeleur Sounds, Linh Thuy Pham

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Mississippi Choices and the Influence of Career and Technical Education, Charish Rene PIerce

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An Investigation of the Use of Cerium and Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes for the Protection of Polymeric Epoxy Compounds in the Low Earth Orbit Environment, Jessica Miriam Piness

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Third Party Reforms In Corrections: A Qualitative Analysis Of Interest Groups’ Effectiveness At Reducing Entropy Using Litigation, James M. A. Pitts

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Krylov Subspace Spectral Methods for PDEs in Polar and Cylindrical Geometries, Megan Richardson

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"Her Splendid Children Will Be Born Here”: Anglo-American Relations and Sexual Selection in Transatlantic Fiction, 1870–1914, Jennifer Lynn Robertson

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Determining Feasibility Resilience: Set Based Design Iteration Evaluation Through Permutation Stability Analysis, James E. Ross

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Leadership Competencies for the Community College Department Chairperson, Jason Carl Ross

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Villa-Lobos's Compositional Techniques and Treatment of Folk Melodies in Cirandas for Piano, Gustavo Schafaschek

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Understanding Noncompliance: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Title IX Sexual Misconduct Violations Using the Office for Civil Rights Investigative Findings, Lenore N. Schaffer nee Malone

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Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Implicit Bias: Implications for Closing the Achievement Gap, Elizabeth Schlosser

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Anodic Nanocatalysts for Formic Acid Fuel Cells: An Electrochemical Study, Tamanna F. Shanta McFarland

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Formation of Nanostructured Epoxy Networks Containing Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) and Silica Nanoparticles, Amit K. Sharma

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Solution of PDES For First-Order Photobleaching Kinetics Using Krylov Subspace Spectral Methods, Somayyeh Sheikholeslami

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Evaluating Social Network Dynamics of Bigg’s Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) and Vessel Traffic within a Transboundary Region: Implications for Conservation Management, Courtney Smith

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The Role of Parental Self-Efficacy, Hardiness, Parenting Stress In Predicting Parenting Behaviors, Erica Smith

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Perceived Ideal Traits of a Mentor as Viewed By African American Students In Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Mary L. Smith

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Groundhogs, Tanya Mason Smith

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Uncovering the Identity and Metabolism of Bacterial CoA-RNA, Joseph R. Spangler

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Through the Lens of Novice Teachers: A Lack of Administrative Support and Its Influence on Self-Efficacy and Teacher Retention Issues, Pamela Talley

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“Gosh I Miss the Cold War”: Post-Cold War Foreign Policy Making In The United States, 1989-1995, Samantha A. Taylor

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Taiwanese Traditional Musical Idioms Meet Western Music Composition: An Analytical and Pedagogical Approach to Solo Piano Works by Tyzen Hsiao, Yi-Chuan Tsai

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Forward Myth: Military Public Relations and the Domestic Base Newspaper 1941-1981, Willie R. Tubbs

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Finite Element Maximum Entropy Method for Approximating Absolutely Continuous Invariant Measures, Tulsi Upadhyay

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An Examination of the Relationships Between Social Anxiety Dimensions and Alcohol-Related Outcomes: The Mediating Role of Drinking Context, Margo Cooley Villarosa

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Strategies For Increasing Female Navy Officer Retention: Deploying Mothers’ Perspectives, Angela Holcombe Walker

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Examining the Perceived Influence of a Comprehensive Youth Development Program for Promoting Black Male High School Persistence, Richard Gray Walker

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Beijing Opera Elements in Qigang Chen’s Piano Concerto Er Huang, Funa Wang

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Self-Perceptions of Black Entrepreneurship in a Black Majority Rural Context - The Mississippi Delta, Timla G Washington

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Radial Basis Function Differential Quadrature Method for the Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations, Daniel Watson

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The Influence of Technology Usage on Academic Achievement (Reading and Math) from a Teacher's Perspective, Kimberly L. White-Harris

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Bioinspired Design of Wetting and Anti-Wetting Surfaces via Thiol-ene Photopolymerization, Li Xiong

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Polyisobutylene Telechelic Prepolymers by In Situ End-Quenching and Post-Polymerization Modifications, Bin Yang

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Optimizing Stadium Evacuation by Integrating Geo-Computation and Affordance Theory, Joslyn Jane Zale

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How Visual Communication Strategies, Brand Familiarity, And Personal Relevance Influence Instagram Users’ Responses To Brand Content, Lijie Zhou

Dissertations from 2016

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Addressing the Issues of Drug Delivery via Advanced Macromolecular Design, Brooks Allen Abel

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Character Interpretation in Poulenc's La Voix Humaine: A Performer's Guide, Stefanie Nicole Anduri

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Optimizing Workforce Performance: Perceived Differences of Army Officer Critical Thinking Talent Across Level of Education, Richard B. Ayers

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Preparation and Characterization of Singlet-Oxygen Generating Thiol-ene Networks Containing Fullerene and Metallofullerene Derivatives, Emily Matthews Barker

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The Influence of the Electric Supply Industry on Economic Growth in Less Developed Countries, Edward Richard Bee

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Property Rights and International Trade: An Institutional Determinant of Export Structure, Gregory Alan Bonadies

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Refinement of the Attitudes Toward Anger Management Scale, David Jerome Boudreaux

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Curing of Polymer Thermosets via Click Reactions, Mark Richard Brei

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A Comparison of Multipath and Conventional Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation, Cody Brian Bremner

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The Ones I Loved First: Stories, Jennifer J. Brewington

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The Synthesis of Chemosensors for Toxic Analytes, Johnathan Hugh Broome

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Instructor-Student Classroom Interactions: An Experimental Study of Language, Sex-Differences, and Student Perceptions of Instructors, Carl Joseph Brown

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Behavioral and Environmental Analysis of Self-Reported Dysphonic and Non-Dysphonic High School Music Teachers, Emily Pence Brown

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Suburban Ruin, Susan Lang Brown

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Factors Influencing Accessibility to American Public Higher Education, Angela Leanne Bryan

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Characterization of Glycine Rich Proteins From the Salivary Glands of the Lone Star Tick Amblyomma americanum, Rebekah Lynn Bullard

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Preferential Trade Agreements and Quality of Government in Sub-Saharan Africa, Sharon Camara

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18 Dorset Ct., Allison Catherine Campbell

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Exploring Three Colombian-Andean Folk Style (Danza, Pasillo, and Bambuco): An Analysis and Arrangement of Three Colombian Pieces for Flute and Piano, Jesus Castro Turriago

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Why Do People Continue Using Facebook: An Empirical Study From the Perspectives of Technology Adoption and Social Contract, Chen-Wei Chang

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Novice and Veteran Teachers’ Perceptions of Crisis Management Training Concerning School Fights, Heather Ann Chesman

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Ecological and Phenotypic Factors Influencing the Movement Dynamics of the Blackspotted Topminnow, Fundulus olivaceus, Scott Richard Clark

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Seeing is Believing, But is it the Truth? Reality vs. Representation of Men in Contemporary Magazine Advertisements, 1980-2010, Dana Ann Lopez Coleman

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Transition Between Phases of the Annual Cycle: Spring Migration to Breeding in Nearctic-Neotropical Songbirds, Kristen Marie Covino